• I agree with the comments but I am a little apprehensive when it comes to dealing with a madman with suicidal tendencies…. He did launch this test missiles after a stern warning from their strongest ally, China. I still think we have 28,500 reasons to proceed with caution.

    June 24, 2009 at 10:26 a.m.

  • "Kim Jong Il has declared that boarding the ship would be considered an act of war"

    Kim had a massive stroke some time ago and underground reports from NK are that he remains paralyzed and illucid.

    A week or two ago it was revealed that he previously declared his successor to be his youngest son (apparently in a living will) and there was significant internal turmoil over the announcement.

    Point being, Kim didn't say anything, somebody else did and put his name on it. There is potential for a violent power struggle amongst the three brothers. The country is starving and the infrastructure has crumbled. As such, there is virtually no potential retribution they can dole out.

    June 24, 2009 at 10:21 a.m.

  • I agree with Hicktoria (weird, eh?) on this one. North Korea seems to have a penchant for declaring anything, at any given moment, an "act of war." Like the boy crying wolf, eventually nobody will take it seriously. I say send a VBSS team aboard to verify whether or not any contraband is present, and report back to the UN Security Council post haste. While North Korea may consider it an offense, I doubt any of the UN countries will feel any differently about them shipping weapons to Myanmar.

    June 24, 2009 at 9:49 a.m.

  • Considering Japan's viewpoint on this issue, I would definitely call this man's bluff. Why deal with consequences if we do not have to? I really do not think North Korea would want a war with us. That would be like them falling on the sword. IMO I think we should board the vessel just for a little CYA and show them we will uphold what the UN has mandated.

    June 24, 2009 at 9:26 a.m.