Monday, July 03, 2006


What ho! It is our general inclination to dismiss threats and counterthreats by nuclear powers as inconsequential sabre-rattling, but this week we admit to a certain degree of queasiness: we have reason to believe that certain unscrupulous right-wing bloggers might have indulged their eliminationist tendencies at our expense by giving Korean madman Kim Jong Il the exact coordinates of the distant northern land we rule with such gracious equanimity. Worse yet, they might have revealed our location to the Bush administration in the belief that the President, that crafty diplomat, would immediately induce Pyongyang to attack us by use of the dreaded double-dog dare. Let's face it: he's only human. How could he resist the opportunity to eradicate our pesky principality from the map -- which would, we must point out, be vastly cheaper than moving us all to Gitmo! -- while simultaneously justifying a massive increase in missile-defense spending?
Air bases in Aurora, Colorado Springs are on heightened alert but no one would say why . . . .

North American Aerospace Defense Command, headquartered deep inside Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs, went to "Bravo-Plus" alert status as part of the heightened alert.

There are five levels of alert used by NORAD are: normal, Alpha (low), Bravo (medium), Charlie (high) and Delta (critical). "Bravo-Plus" is slightly higher than a medium threat level.

Space Command would not comment on the reason for the security increase but reports indicated that it might be connected with a possible North Korean missile test directed toward the United States.

On Monday, North Korea said it would respond to a pre-emptive U.S. military attack with an "annihilating strike and a nuclear war," the state-run media reported. On Friday, Pyongyang accused the United States of driving the situation on the Korean Peninsula "to the brink of war," and said it is fully prepared to counter any U.S. aggression. That is about the time the increased security alert was issued.

The North Korean threat of retaliation, which is often voiced by its state-controlled media, comes amid U.S. official reports that Pyongyang has shown signs of preparing for a test of a long-range missile. North Korea claims it has the right to such a launch.
(Thanks to Zemblan patriot K.Z. for the link.)

UPDATE (via Zemblan patriot M.F.): Your move, Mr. President!
North Korea test-fired a long-range missile that may be capable of reaching the U.S., two State Department officials said, adding that the missile failed after 35 or 40 seconds. The launch was part of a series that included at least two midrange missiles that landed in the Sea of Japan, though there were conflicting reports as to the total number of missiles that were test-fired.

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