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  •  Or conventional artillery (which is incredibly (3+ / 0-)
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    primitive and can be targeted with slide rules if necessary, or just smuggle in a few old TRS-80 computers) targeted at Seoul.  That is the real danger as even though they would be destroyed within a few hours they could launch an insane number of shells within 10 minutes (and probably run out of shells before an hour had passed).

    You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

    by Throw The Bums Out on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 06:47:58 PM PDT

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    •  Yep, I was just expressing the same idea to (4+ / 0-)

      my partner this evening.  They have so many artillery tubes, and Seoul (a city of something like 20 million people) is so close to the border (about 30 miles) that they could kill tens or hundreds of thousands of people before the South Koreans and the United States could reduce the barrage.

      •  I heard between 4k and 10k tubes and assuming (2+ / 0-)
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        an average of 4k usable tubes (due to some being destroyed quickly as well as some failing due to lack of maintenance) that is 40k rounds in only 10 minutes assuming a firing rate of one per minute per launcher so even if by some miracle they are all destroyed in an hour that is 240k shells assuming they even have that many to use.  Not to mention it is pretty hard to defend against artillery as it is purely ballistic and even if you disable the explosive component you still have to deal with the glorified cannonball that is still incoming.

        You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

        by Throw The Bums Out on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 06:58:57 PM PDT

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        •  It's a unique situation in military history. (2+ / 0-)

          We're getting close to the point where a preemptive strike might be the most humane and lawful and ethical response.  

          I'm not advocating that.  But unlike the illegal war in Iraq, and the illegal drone wars around the globe, this might be a case where action is needed to save lives.  Apparently the North Koreans have not mobilized to the extent that this is a real danger.

          But I know from some contacts in the Pentagon that the United States is seriously preparing for war.  Yet again.

          •  Well a preemptive strike guarantees that (2+ / 0-)
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            Seoul would be demolished (and if you are thinking about evacuation then that wouldn't work as the evacuation itself would trigger the shelling).  So unless you can guarantee that they are about to fire up the artillery batteries within the next hour it is a horrible idea.

            You have watched Faux News, now lose 2d10 SAN.

            by Throw The Bums Out on Wed Apr 03, 2013 at 07:24:40 PM PDT

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