Kim Jong Il’s death brings opportunity

Freedom New Mexico The death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il presents both dangers and opportunities for America. The dangers come from the instability in the North Korean regime, which with Cuba is the last of the old, hard-core communist regimes. Every other communist regime — China, Russia, Vietnam, etc. — has switched to some […]

Portales past: Aug. 7, 1945

Aug. 7, 1945: The Army announced that confirmed casualties of the Korean War through Aug. 6 totaled 2,616. A spokesman said 153 were killed, 1,590 were wounded in action and 873 were missing.

Local veterans recall Korean War

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer The Korean War is commonly called the forgotten war, but not for the men who served in the three-year conflict. Local veterans George Martin, Dale Davis, and David Ash share their experiences.

Editorial: North Korea’s stability at stake with ill leader

The health status of North Korean “Dear Leader” Kim Jong-il is still a matter of speculation. The South Korean intelligence service, which tends to keep up with such matters more reliably than any Western service, has told Korean legislative leaders it is likely the North Korean dictator had a stroke sometime in mid-August, but that […]

North Korean agreement should yield quick results

Editorial Winston Churchill famously argued it is better to “jaw-jaw” than to “war-war.” If that’s the general principle, a new preliminary agreement struck with North Korea by the United States and North Korea’s neighbor countries is probably a modestly hopeful sign. But it will bear watching. Fortunately the deal is structured so that watching might […]

North Korea no reason to panic

Editorial We should know a great deal more in a few days and weeks about the underground blast in North Korea that is widely viewed as a test of a nuclear weapon. Supposed experts are still pondering the evidence of what seems to have been, from an initial analysis of the seismic data, a low-grade […]