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On Headlines, and Ferocity…

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I suspect that the crew of the Cheonan might dispute this headline from Reuters:

North Korea shells South in fiercest attack in decades

I suppose we run into definitional issues, and it’s true that the latest shelling has killed civilians. However, torpedoing a patrol ship without warning (even if the warship was in a disputed area) is pretty darned fierce. I worry that the greater degree of plausible deniability provided by a submarine attack relative to an artillery barrage (we can’t be SURE SURE SURE that it was a North Korean torpedo) means that the destruction of Cheonan needs to be treated as an “on the one hand, on the other hand” kind of incident.

h/t topofmyvoice.

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