When tensions are high, it doesn’t take very much to set off a whole world war by letting even one spark near such a powderkeg as we have in North Korea and Asia. The shooting of a duke that no one had heard of (Franz Ferdinand) led to World War I and it was a misery that can not be easily imagined to this very day.
Sadly, sparks are flying around Asia as if welding was taking place as a “North Korean soldier was shot by his former comrades while defecting to South Korea across the demilitarized zone,” CNN reveals from the South Korean Joint Chief of Staff. The man was maimed but not killed and “was evacuated from the site for emergency medical attention.”
The warrior was fleeing from the Hermit Kingdom to a “guard post at the Joint Security Area on the heavily-guarded border between” the two nations which are officially still at war.
The defector exited the “guard post in front of Panmungak” and then promptly “proceeded to move towards Freedom House on the South Korean side,” an act which is strictly forbidden by the North Korean government and their oppressive leaders.
We are told that this is the same hotbed that was visited by the US Secretary of Defense James Mattis only last month. Many people do not understand what little it takes to bring about the wrath that leads to war in the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) which separates the two countries.
The soldier risked it all and “drove a vehicle near the military demarcation line,” one of the most dangerous places on the planet. “He then exited the vehicle and continued fleeing south across the line as he was fired upon by other soldiers from North Korea,” the South Korean Command has said.
It is also reported that the man “initially took cover near a building on the southern side” of what is called the Joint Security Area. Thankfully, the horrible risk taken did not happen in vain as U.S. and South Korean soldiers were able to gather up the wounded man up and take him to the Ajou University Medical Center.
Reports from the command’s Military Armistice Commission reveal that North Korea was informed that “the individual is being medically treated at this time and an investigation into the incident is underway.” While that part of the Geneva Convention has been kept, it is likely that N.K. could go ballistic (literally) over the fact that a third man (since June) from their military has again left to not only reside in the West, but who is surely willingly talking as he does so.
He is likely to spill even more information now that he has been shot by his own tyrannical government, too. Bullets have a way of limiting one’s loyalty.
Robert Kelly, associate professor at the Department of Political Science at Pusan National University finds both the defection and the shooting “genuinely surprising.”
The professor added, “It’s fairly unusual, I can’t think of the last time (for a defecting soldier to be shot at) … it certainly adds to the tensions.”
The soldier is at this time in the custody of the South Korean military and their Joint Chief of Staff has said, “Our military has raised the alert level in anticipation of North Korean provocation. The military is maintaining a full readiness.”
Oddly enough, CNN manages to find some real news that adds that quite a twist to the entire tale. It seems that an American was arrested while trying to go into North Korea. After the fate of Otto Warmbier, that may sound absurd, but there could be nefarious and traitorous reasons at play within the decision.
S.K. Military Defense said that “a 58-year-old man from Louisiana entered a controlled area in Yeoncheon County, on the border with North Korea” on Monday morning. No information was given as to if he is thought to be simply curious, fleeing the law, or working against the U.S. At this time, no one knows why he was trying to enter the most abusive major nation on the Earth.
We do know that countless North Korean’s are begging to get out, however. That is very clear.