Tags: North Korea, South Korea, war
Matt 24:3 "Now as He [Jesus] sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, ‘Tell us, when will these things be?’ And ‘What will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the Age?’" "Jesus answered and said to them . . .
Matt 24:6-7 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation [ethnic group] will rise against nation [ethnic group], and kingdom [country] against kingdom [country] . . . All these are the beginning of sorrows" [actual translation is "birth pangs"] [As with birth pangs they will grow closer].
South Korea’s marine commander on Saturday vowed “thousand-fold” revenge for a North Korean attack that killed two servicemen and two civilians and prompted an unusual expression of regret from North Korea.
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak told ministers and aides to be ready for further “provocation” by North Korea during military maneuvers with the United States that start on Sunday.
“There is the possibility that North Korea may do some unexpected action, so please perfectly prepare against it through cooperation with the Korea-U.S. joint force,” Lee was quoted by a spokesman as saying.
The two marines were honored with a gun salute as families wailed and grim-faced officials saluted the funeral cortege, four days after North Korea rained shells on a tiny island in the heaviest attack on South Korea since the 1950-53 civil war.
North Korea, not known for agonizing over policy decisions, said if there were civilian deaths, they were “very regrettable,” but that South Korea should be blamed for using a human shield.
It also said the United States should be blamed for “orchestrating” the whole sequence of events to justify sending an aircraft carrier to join the maritime maneuvers.
Dozens of houses were destroyed in the attack, which followed South Korean test firing near disputed waters. South Korea responded with artillery fire 13 minutes later, but it was not clear what damage was caused.
“All marines, including marines on service and reserve marines, will avenge the two at any cost, keeping today’s anger and hostility in mind,” said Lieutenant General Yoo Nak Joon, commander of the South Korean Marine Corps.
“We will put our feelings of rage and animosity in our bones and take our revenge on North Korea.”
The funeral was followed by anti-North Korea protests in the capital as a U.S. aircraft carrier headed for the maneuvers with South Korea, infuriating North Korea and prompting a warning from its only major ally, China.
“It’s time for action. Time for retaliation. Let’s strike the presidential palace in Pyongyang,” shouted close to 1,000 marine veterans in downtown Seoul, who burned photographs of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and his anointed successor, his son Kim Jong-un.
Veterans of an underwater sabotage team protested against North Korea and accused the government of disregarding their sacrifices on spy missions. Scuffles broke out and police used fire extinguishers to break up the crowd.
Regional giant China — under pressure from other powers to rein in North Korea — has said it is determined to prevent an escalation of the violence. But it warned against military acts near its coast as U.S. and South Korean forces prepare for exercises in the Yellow Sea.