Australian troops join S. Korea-U.S. landing drill

Apr 20, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Daily Star

South Korean Army soldiers ride a K-1 tank during an annual military exercise in Paju near the border village of the Panmunjom, South Korea, Friday, April 19, 2013.

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Is this diplomacy or inciteful....since when do we go out of our way to be an aggressive nation towards our neighbors...oh that's right, that war in Iraq....
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Ahomana wrote:
Is this diplomacy or inciteful....since when do we go out of our way to be an aggressive nation towards our neighbors...oh that's right, that war in Iraq....
This is wrong, what right does australia have to be involved in this, none at all

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pas wrote:
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This is wrong, what right does australia have to be involved in this, none at all
I agree I mean 18 troops is a real show of force and must have North Koreans shitting their thread bare pants lol!
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And last week they were toasting a Chinese alliance with champagne. US-Australia relations worst since WW2. Have a fosters instead.
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Exercises are important for many reasons that NK fail to understand.

They build trust and communication between economically linked countries.

Just like automobiles, mechanical war equipment not used or tested for long periods can malfunction or cease to work. Periodic use is needed to identify potential use issues and reduces corrosion and other elemental factors.

To increase state of readiness and defense.

To share concepts, ideas & technology.

Yes, also for a show of force or attempts to intimidate declarative enemies & countries or groups that can cause harm to our allies or trade routes.

Not our fault that North Korea does not have massive trade with many many other countries like we do.

Both sides have policies or habits that can be considered hostile or damaging to each other's economy, culture & reputation.

As well as it's obvious to everyone, that both sides are increasingly dangerous to each other.

Our medias only seem to blame the other's side all the time. Both sides have committed crimes against each other in the past.

If NK is so convinced these are preparations for an invasion then why do we have these exercises scheduled for years to come? Why is this the 180th or so exercise?

There is no need to practice so many times if there were actual plans to start a war.

It's just become a tradition and part of the routine. Until, West unites with East and 3rd party rogue opposing groups cease to form on both sides, nothing will change.
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cuz u r our dogs

haha just follow us wherever we go!!

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Yank Oliver wrote:
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I agree I mean 18 troops is a real show of force and must have North Koreans shitting their thread bare pants lol!
it is not the amount, it is the fact that we are now involved when there is an ongoing verbal altercation between NK and the US then we are seen to take sides and diplomatic solutions become harder to attain... now what do you think if China pecieves it like that and decides to send it's troops to do exercises with NK...how would that be perceived by the western world....eigteen troops from a country with a US base for war games will go down like a smack in the face....get real...this is how countries show support and threaten...

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The inclusion of Australian troops followed a request from Canberra "to gain experience in joint military exercises"
No this is how countries escalate an already volatile situation...and almost everyone knows it.

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Protect Yourself wrote:
Exercises are important for many reasons that NK fail to understand.
They build trust and communication between economically linked countries.
Just like automobiles, mechanical war equipment not used or tested for long periods can malfunction or cease to work. Periodic use is needed to identify potential use issues and reduces corrosion and other elemental factors.
To increase state of readiness and defense.
To share concepts, ideas & technology.
Yes, also for a show of force or attempts to intimidate declarative enemies & countries or groups that can cause harm to our allies or trade routes.
Not our fault that North Korea does not have massive trade with many many other countries like we do.
Both sides have policies or habits that can be considered hostile or damaging to each other's economy, culture & reputation.
As well as it's obvious to everyone, that both sides are increasingly dangerous to each other.
Our medias only seem to blame the other's side all the time. Both sides have committed crimes against each other in the past.
If NK is so convinced these are preparations for an invasion then why do we have these exercises scheduled for years to come? Why is this the 180th or so exercise?
There is no need to practice so many times if there were actual plans to start a war.
It's just become a tradition and part of the routine. Until, West unites with East and 3rd party rogue opposing groups cease to form on both sides, nothing will change.
You don't involve yourself in "MILITARY" exercises with an opposing side during a time of heightened threat of nuclear war unless you wish to show your support for one of them.....it is that clear to leaders of any country and it should be that clear to us if we bothered to care about the outcome...and from where I am sitting and the aim of NK last misile launch, that thing could go anywhere and it is more likely that it could hit us than the US..sheesh.

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Protect Yourself wrote:
Exercises are important for many reasons that NK fail to understand.
They build trust and communication between economically linked countries.
Just like automobiles, mechanical war equipment not used or tested for long periods can malfunction or cease to work. Periodic use is needed to identify potential use issues and reduces corrosion and other elemental factors.
To increase state of readiness and defense.
To share concepts, ideas & technology.
Yes, also for a show of force or attempts to intimidate declarative enemies & countries or groups that can cause harm to our allies or trade routes.
Not our fault that North Korea does not have massive trade with many many other countries like we do.
Both sides have policies or habits that can be considered hostile or damaging to each other's economy, culture & reputation.
As well as it's obvious to everyone, that both sides are increasingly dangerous to each other.
Our medias only seem to blame the other's side all the time. Both sides have committed crimes against each other in the past.
If NK is so convinced these are preparations for an invasion then why do we have these exercises scheduled for years to come? Why is this the 180th or so exercise?
There is no need to practice so many times if there were actual plans to start a war.
It's just become a tradition and part of the routine. Until, West unites with East and 3rd party rogue opposing groups cease to form on both sides, nothing will change.
PS whether those military excercises were aranged in the 18 hundreds, THIS is not the time for them, they should have been cancelled and the minister of defence and our government would have been aware of all that!
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Ahomana wrote:
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You don't involve yourself in "MILITARY" exercises with an opposing side during a time of heightened threat of nuclear war unless you wish to show your support for one of them.....it is that clear to leaders of any country and it should be that clear to us if we bothered to care about the outcome...and from where I am sitting and the aim of NK last misile launch, that thing could go anywhere and it is more likely that it could hit us than the US..sheesh.
the 'heightened threat' of nuclear war only began after these exercises were started. The Seventh fleet squeezed in AFTER their declaration of they are "no longer in a state of not being in war or being in peace" To any past historians west or east that is nothing less then a statement to attack.

Regardless of who really provoked the war in 1950, the north used large invading forces first. The south lost most of it's land within days.

If their army is ever growing they are becoming nothing less then a bigger and bigger problem for South Korea.

South Korea does not want unification if government is to be like the north and the North does not want unification if it westernizes their country.

To me, the dispute is ridiculously blown up. US was not prepared to invade. But if things continue like they have been this month then it seems scarily that anything can happen.

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Ahomana wrote:
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it is not the amount, it is the fact that we are now involved when there is an ongoing verbal altercation between NK and the US then we are seen to take sides and diplomatic solutions become harder to attain... now what do you think if China pecieves it like that and decides to send it's troops to do exercises with NK...how would that be perceived by the western world....eigteen troops from a country with a US base for war games will go down like a smack in the face....get real...this is how countries show support and threaten...
We are due for war games with the chinese in a couple of months. What should USA & Sth Korea make of that>
Ahomana wrote:
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You don't involve yourself in "MILITARY" exercises with an opposing side during a time of heightened threat of nuclear war unless you wish to show your support for one of them.....it is that clear to leaders of any country and it should be that clear to us if we bothered to care about the outcome...and from where I am sitting and the aim of NK last misile launch, that thing could go anywhere and it is more likely that it could hit us than the US..sheesh.
you are a real worry wart.

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Protect Yourself wrote:
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the 'heightened threat' of nuclear war only began after these exercises were started. The Seventh fleet squeezed in AFTER their declaration of they are "no longer in a state of not being in war or being in peace" To any past historians west or east that is nothing less then a statement to attack.
Regardless of who really provoked the war in 1950, the north used large invading forces first. The south lost most of it's land within days.
If their army is ever growing they are becoming nothing less then a bigger and bigger problem for South Korea.
South Korea does not want unification if government is to be like the north and the North does not want unification if it westernizes their country.
To me, the dispute is ridiculously blown up. US was not prepared to invade. But if things continue like they have been this month then it seems scarily that anything can happen.
I think you will find the US is moving to take control of the resources in Asia and if I had half my country, that had gained it's Independence and then stacked it with the greatest super powers military bases and war ships I would definitely feel threatened and move to warn them off... That is what I see NK doing...the problem is the guy is off his nut....and that is a bigger threat to the region.

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chefboy812 wrote:
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We are due for war games with the chinese in a couple of months. What should USA & Sth Korea make of that>
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you are a real worry wart.
I probably am a worry wart, but that is because I know what these powers are capable of and that gives rise to distress....I ask myself who next, how many more people have to die or have their country attacked and occupied to satiate America or China or Russia, who's last thought should be their first thought and that is diplomacy..and reason...not inciting wars and death, where the only winners are the big guns.

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