Sunday, July 12, 2009
Disturbing reports on North Korea
The recent network "attacks" on various servers has led to a chorus of finger-pointing in Pyongyang's direction. North Korea is showing they can do some damage, we are told.
I'm not going to write a whole treatise on the subject, but I want to go on the record as saying I find this trend in "see what North Korea is doing to us" reporting to be rather off-putting. More, perhaps, than North Korea's bad behavior itself.
We have been told quite a lot lately that North Korea's missiles can reach Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, and even California, and we have beefed up missile defenses in Hawaii. Even though these capabilities are not exactly new.
The latest missile launches, the media tells us, are even more egregious because they are happening on the Fourth of July, as if that somehow makes them more dangerous and more of an affront to the United States.
And now there are these attacks which, though they could be from anywhere, we are told are almost certainly most definitely far more than likely clearly inevitably coming from North Korea.
Really, what is up with this pile-on? I'm getting a little nervous: my apartment is not insured for damage caused by military conflict, and I would hate for the seven p'yŏng of the Republic of Korea that I own to be contaminated and rendered useless.