“SEOUL, South Korea — The South Korean military went to “crisis status” on Tuesday and threatened military strikes against the North after the North fired dozens of shells at a South Korean island, killing two South Korean soldiers and setting off an exchange of fire in one of the most serious clashes between the two sides in decades.
President Lee Myung-bak met with security-related ministers and senior aides in the underground situation room at the Blue House, the presidential office and residence, and ordered strikes on North Korea’s missile base if the North made any “indication of further provocation,” The Korea Herald quoted a presidential spokesman, Hong Sang-pyo, as saying.
The North blamed the South for starting the exchange; the South acknowledged firing test shots in the area but denied that any had fallen in the North’s territory. It was in the same area that a South Korean naval vessel, the Cheonan, was sunk in March, killing 46 sailors. Seoul blamed a North Korean torpedo attack; the North has denied any role.”
— “Crisis Status in South Korea After North Shells Islands, NY Times, 23 Nov 2010
I wish I could say something profound or haunting regarding this recent development. But all I can offer are my prayers to the family of the deceased (the 2 Marines) and wishes of peace of mind for the family who were affected by the bombing. This “altercation” maybe between North and South Korea but the probability of war affects each and every one of us. My thoughts are also with the family of the soldiers currently serving in the forefront–including the idols who were drafted in the military and is now inadvertently thrust into strife and the probability of war.
I am also praying that cooler heads may intervene, that the issue maybe resolved thru peaceful means. On the darkest hour, let us remember that there will always be a light that will never go out–to guide us out of the darkness and bring peace and love in our lives.