From Maximum To Minimum

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Close on the heels of the news of the surgery for the "Maximum Leader", Fidel Castro, comes this item. The "Minimum Leader" Kim Jong "Shorty" Il appears to be determined to not be forgotten. North Korean troops stationed along the DMZ fired a couple of rounds at the South Korean troops. They fired back. No casualties were reported on either side.

The shooting happened shortly before sunset when North Korean soldiers fired two bullets toward a South Korean guard post in the eastern part of the Demilitarized Zone, said Maj. Kim Tae-hoon of the Joint Chiefs of Staff office.

South Korean soldiers immediately fired back six rounds, Kim said.

The motive for the initial shots from the North was unclear, and the communist country made no comment about them, Kim said.

The U.N. Military Armistice Commission, which supervises the cease-fire that ended the 1950-53 Korean War, will ask the North for an explanation of the incident, Kim said.

The 1950-53 conflict ended in a cease-fire, not a peace treaty, meaning the two Koreas are still technically in a state of conflict.

Um, no. They are still in a state of war. Which is what the people calling for a ceasefire in Lebanon seem to be unable to grasp. Ending wars requires a surrender, not a truce.

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