I'm against starting unprovoked wars.
If the South Koreans deliberately dropped a single shell on the North Korean side of the border first, then they are at fault.
South Korea's live artillery exercise along the North Korean border wasn't just needlessly provocative, it was also dumb. The closer South Korea shells the border, the more likely a small miscalculation or change in wind speed and direction could result in accidentally dropping bombs on the North Korean side of the border. If South Korea accidentally dropped a single shell on the North Korean side of the border, then they are again responsible for the consequences.
South Korea started this live shelling exercise adjacent to the North Korean border against North Korea's wishes. The South Koreans are certainly guilty of deliberately trying to piss off North Korea. If they didn't think the North Koreans could respond with an escalation, they they are guilty of being stupid and share responsibility with the North Koreans for the consequences.
If South Korea wants to avoid restarting a hot war with North Korea, then it would probably be a good idea not to conduct live fire exercises adjacent to North Korea's border in the future.
My position has nothing to do with liking one side or the other, but seeking the truth. I'd think that everyone, including the South Korean people would like to know the exact details regarding this incident, before deciding who was at fault.
Last edited by earth_as_one; Dec 4th, 2010 at 11:29 AM..