The Associated Press today reported that North Korea put its troop on alert after cutting the last communications hotline to Seoul. They have threatened war on the South if the US shoots down a rocket it plans to use to send a "communication satellite" into space. I put the parentheses because both the US and Japan claim that launching this rocket would be a violation of an order not to launch ballistic missiles.
Some analysts claim that the measures taken by the North are simply a scam to get a direct dialogue going with the US and new president Obama. Pyongyang started cutting hotline communications with the South after the Seoul started cutting off aid to its northern communist neighbors.
One would think that "Dear Leader", as crackpot communist dictator Kim Jong Il likes to be called, would have something bigger in mind for his starving people than communication satellites. Seriously, his people are starving and rely almost entirely on foreign aid to feed themselves in even the most modest fashion. Considering he was unanimously re-elected this past weekend one would also think that the entire world would be calling this election a sham. But we're not, we're more concerned with cutting off aid and about a satellite launch.
The Korean war never officially ended in a peace treaty, only a simple cease-fire. Is this the straw that will break the camel's back? Will this act of idiocy on the part of Pyongyang bring war to his people?
Once would hope not. But when you're dealing with megalomaniacs one just never knows.