High Stakes Gamble in Korea

Following a gambit of rocket launches and nuclear detonations the wicked powers that be in North Korea have upped the ante again,
are they bluffing?

Laura Ling, the sister of former The View co-host Lisa Ling, and fellow Current TV journalist Euna Lee have been sentenced to twelve years “reform by labor” for illegal border crossing. Calling it a "grave crime” against the Korean nation the Central Court of North Korea convicted and sentenced the two reporters in a trial that began last Thursday. The U.S. State Department said that outside observers were not allowed to witness the trial's proceedings.

Friends and family of Ling and Lee insist that their border crossing was accidental and have been publicly pleading with the North Koreans for mercy in recent days. Ling and Lee were on assignment from Current TV working on a story of women and children who were refugees seeking aid and food in China. They were arrested March 17 along the Korean-Chinese border.

While circumstances of their detainment are unclear this much is for certain, The 2 reporters have become pawns in ongoing multi-national strategy.

The Stalinist regime that rules North Korea has, for years now, continued to use any means necessary to extract millions in ‘’aid’’ while using the concessions to keep their people enslaved and starving. Recently the North Korea government rescinded the 1953 Armistice that halted the Korean War and the state run newspaper reported this:
“Our response would be to consider sanctions against us as a declaration of war and answer it with extreme hard-line measures”

It is yet to be determined if the 12 year sentence of Ling and Lee will be served. One thing is certain, journalists seeking to expose evil face it's wrath.

Reuters Story:

BBC Story:

The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood, But the mouth of the upright will deliver them - Proverbs 12:6

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers - Psalm 1

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  1. I'm torn by this story. On one hand I understand what they were trying to do with their reporting. On the other hand if they crossed the border of their own volition then they took their safety into their own hands. What did they expect would happen if they crossed the border? Did they expect NK to act as we do with illegal border crossers? Being a journalist does not give one the right to break international law (regardless of ones opinion on the laws of the country in question). I realize these two ladies are being used as political pawns, but honestly they did this to themselves.

    Let’s look at the opposite side of the coin for a minute. What would we have done to two NK reporters trying to get information on some of the atrocities we've committed in the name of the "War on Terror"? Would we have shipped them to Gitmo, and hold them without trial or charge for years? Or would we give them a driver’s license, and food stamps? I guess if they were just trying to illegally immigrate it would be the latter.

    Honestly we as a country have no right to call foul on this one.

    You hypocrite, first remove the beam from your own eye, and then you will see clearly enough to remove the speck from your brothers. Mat. 7:5

  2. Thanks for the thoughts...

    We agree on much, however I believe those in Gitmo are (were) enemy combatants or plotting terror.

    Furthermore I do not want USA to 'call foul' OR pay a tribute ransom for their release.. Al Gore should.

    I do like the text from Matthew and will assume it
    was targeting our foreign policy, not my post.


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