Atheist State North Korea Vows ‘Holy War’ Against South Korea
December 24, 2010
(ChattahBox World News)— In the wake of South Korea’s continuing live-fire military exercises close to the border, North Korea stepped up its saber rattling and overheated rhetoric today, vowing to wage a nuclear “holy war” on its neighbor. This particular threat is rich considering North Korea is an atheist state. Maybe government officials in Pyongyang are referencing the upcoming Christian holiday of Christmas? Or perhaps they are referring to the cult of personality surrounding their “Dear Leader” Kim Jong-il, revered as a deity who supposedly descended from heaven. Whatever the case, the bellicose rhetoric is just more of the same. Last month, North Korea bellowed that a “merciless shower of fire” and dire “consequences,” would occur if the United States held joint naval exercises with South Korea in the Yellow Sea.
South Korea continued with its live-fire drills as a show of force after North Korea’s shelling of a South Korean island last month, killing four people and leaving the community in ruins. The island attack came after North Korea torpedoed a South Korean ship in March, killing 46 sailors.
South Korean president, Lee Myung-bak has been under public pressure since the attacks to get tougher on the neighboring rogue regime. And he has been engaging in some saber rattling of his own.
‘”We had believed patience would ensure peace on this land, but that was not the case,” Lee told troops today. He earlier warned that he was ready to order a “merciless counterattack” if further provoked.”
“North Korea’s armed forces minister, Kim Yong-chun, also lifted the pitch of the sabre-rattling. “To counter the enemy’s intentional drive to push the situation to the brink of war, our revolutionary forces are making preparations to begin a holy war at any moment necessary based on nuclear deterrent,” North Korea’s KCNA news agency quoted him telling a rally in Pyongyang.”
New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, acting as an unofficial US envoy, just returned from a trip to North Korea, describing the tense political situation in the Korean Peninsula a “tinderbox.”