Today's comments by Thom have me wondering if he is a closet imperialist. In his remarks about the North/South Korean incident, he said something like "the North shot first" and "China should reconsider their friendship with their buddy North Korea". First of all, as we all know, the war never has ended, and the water boundary is stll in dispute. To amass 70,000 South Korean troops, along with US advisors (what does that remind me of?), a flotilla of warships and warplanes, to use live fire, shot into the water, yes, but into and over the disputed line, is a PROVOCATIVE act, and if the North were to respond, it could hardly be difficult to understand why. We don't need another Gulf of Tonkin incident, and Thom immediately jumps in with comments that echo the talking points of empire, comments mixed in with truthful statements, but it sets in your mind, these kinds of comments, that yeah, the North is a bunch of jerks right off the bat. What with the full court press of the corporations/western govenments run by banksters on countries that refuse to play ball, why do we feel the need to put out this kind of propaganda that only inflames the situation and justifies the actions of a dubious system that seeks to enslave free people everywhere.