Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Now, I'm Starting to Care

BREAKING NEWS: We just got a call from my sister-in-law, whose husband has been sent to the front — North Korea Fires Rockets at South Korean Island.

We're watching the events as they unfold on YTN. Houses have been hit, there are reports of serious injuries, and people are fleeing. This appears to be the worst inter-Korean incident in my thirteen years here, and my wife tells me it's the worst in her lifetime.

UPDATE: "Seoul's YTN television quoted a witness as saying 60 to 70 houses were on fire after the shelling" — North Korea artillery fire hits South island. Also, I can verify that "television pictures reportedly showed plumes of smoke rising above the island," as Auntie Beeb reports — Artillery fire on Korean border.

It appears that South Koreans are unable to respond, as the country's "entangling alliance" with the United States is preventing her from taking decisive action.

UPDATE 2: What I'm seeing on TV now — [사진]화염에 휩싸인 연평도:

UPDATE 3: Thus far, one ROK Marine has been reported killed and three seriously injured — [속보] 연평도 포탄공격 해병대 1명 사망·3명 중상. It has been reported that the shells are still falling.

UPDATE 4: The only image I've yet seen to have emerged from the island comes from this article and is pictured below — North Korea fires artillery into sea near western border:

The caption reads: "Houses on Yeonpyeong Island are shrouded in billowing smoke after North Korea bombarded the area with dozens of artillery shells on Tuesday, sending a high alert across South Korea."

UPDATE 5: A thank you for the prayers and welcome to visitors sent here by Mark Shea and Stephen Hand — Prayers for Korea and Time Out Of Joint. I'm about as far from North Korea as one can get on this peninsula, unlike the folks seen in this dramatic video:

UPDATE 6: I will end this post linking to a follow-up — The Day After the Yŏnpyŏngdo Attack — and noting that I will be following these developments here at The Western Confucian.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

These events deeply sadden me.

More on this breaking news:

N. Korea fires on S. Korea (23/11/2010)

Oremus pro pacem

6:00 PM  
Blogger Pints in NYC said...

My prayers are with you.

Please keep us posted, since you're one of the most reliable news sources out there.

7:36 PM  
Blogger Enbrethiliel said...


I learned about this earlier from two of my ESL students. They're very worried. Their guardian's husband is in the military, and I think he has been sent to the front, too.

11:01 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

If I might ask, please keep my brother-in-law Antonio Kim in your prayers.

11:46 PM  
Blogger TS said...


12:14 AM  
Blogger LarryD said...

Came here from Mark Shea's - you and your family - brother in law especially - will be in my prayers tonight. And every night

9:53 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Thank you, TS and Larry D.

Just learned my brother-in-law is safe, and part of the recovery team that found two civilians killed in the battle, both men in their sixties. (Korea's islands and rural areas tend to be populated by the elderly.) May God rest their souls, and those of the two ROK marines killed.

6:22 PM  

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