I am very bothered knowing that yes North Korea is once again playing their standard game of taking Americans as hostage and exchanging them for fuel and food so they can put their entire effort behind their Military. There are no surprises here despite so called experts thinking the quick finding was too harsh. There are no surprises here! Lee and Ling were sentenced behind closed doors to 10 years in a labor camp plus 2 more years for extreme crimes against North Korea. Asinine but perfect timing to be used as a bargaining chip. N. Korea Convicts 2 US Journalists
What bothers me about their capture and no one, no one has mentioned or brought up is that they were where they were in the first place. I knew that in the past China has been if not helping North Korea mess with us and the rest of the world they were turning a blind eye. Since this began I kept saying that China can not do that this time and must take an active roll because if this does end up as a Military confrontation between North and South Korea they are in a lose, lose situation.
China is our Banker as well as North Korea's immediate neighbor. They hold more than 2 trillion dollars in our Bonds.They have more at stake here than anyone. Maybe more than both Korea's. Stakes are now enormous! China has to be a key partner in whatever happens here. We can not do this unilaterally.
China does not seem to have the leverage they use to or I thought they had. They do have an abstract leverage! They should want to be key players here. They are our banker and we owe them trillions. Being North Korea's immediate neighbor they would be the recipient of hundreds of thousands of refugees if not more. Regardless of the past that is gone. We have to be concerned with the future now.
* With our economic problems and North Korea's antics China is very much in the balance. Believe it or not it more than appears a little suspicious as far as Lee and Ling's capture go. No one mentions the fact that those two reporters were escorted from China by a Government guide and a linguist. You can not convince me they did not know where the border was or that they were in North Korean territory.
* They were set up! It is no coincidence that the two Chinese got away "back over the border" "we don't even know was crossed and never will while the two Americans conveniently fell into North Korean hands to be used as bargaining chips. I really am stunned that those two reporters went anywhere beyond an obvious border point. They only had to show the border and nothing else. I do not believe anything involving their capture. This is ramping up to the demise of the citizens once again.
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I do not believe anything is going to make a difference at this point. I do have to wonder what his 26 year old son would do if he was the leader right now. I have yet to learn anything about him. I have to believe that his stance will be the same or a unproven youngster would not have been chosen as successor. We are between a rock and a hard place. I do not believe we can at this point continue to allow North Korean ships to go unchecked.
There have been missile threats from both Korea's. It is not the missiles that would concern me. One way or the other boarding North Korea's ships will get this going. It is not North Korea's navy I would be worried about. It is the 7 million man army heading south that should be the big concern. That and our definite involvement should be China's big concern and her motivation to stop playing games and make sure that this is put to an end!