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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on April 14th, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Picture of the Day: Fences Come Down Along Han River

Soldiers work to remove a barbed wire fence along the Han River in the city of Gimpo, west of Seoul, on April 9, 2012. The Gimpo municipal government, along with the nearby Goyang municipal government, has called for the South Korean military to get rid of the barbed wire fences along the river, which spans the Yellow Sea and runs through the capital of Seoul, saying they are harmful to the landscape around the river. The fences were erected four decades ago in the country's efforts to prevent North Korean infiltrators from entering the South via the river. But the use of state-of-the-art surveillance equipment has called the existence of the fences into question.

Via Yonhap.

  • Hamilton
    4:21 pm on April 14th, 2012 1


  • MTB Rider
    4:48 pm on April 14th, 2012 2

    Maybe they’re trying to draw the Norks “Off sides.”

    The North Koreans send a few swimmers across once the fence is gone, then all of a sudden ROK troops surround the infiltrators who had been easily spotted by the infrared cameras. Oops.

    Still, I prefer the simplicity of a fence to electronic gimcrackery. The North may be able to spoof the South’s Equipment. Not so easy to Spoof a few km of concertina wire.

  • Dreamboat Annie
    5:59 pm on April 14th, 2012 3

    If they could set up a force field on “Lost in Space” back in the 1960′s then just imagine how far the technology has come since then.

  • Vince
    6:24 pm on April 14th, 2012 4

    Corpses and burning vehicles aren’t very scenic either.

  • Pops
    8:47 pm on April 14th, 2012 5

    Should have left the fence in place, with the remote surveillance capability, working together against the prospective infiltration threat. Complacency showing…

  • Teadrinker
    9:39 pm on April 14th, 2012 6

    Ruin the landscape along the river for real estate speculators?

  • Dreamboat Annie
    9:50 pm on April 14th, 2012 7

    6- Yeah, follow the money.

  • Leon LaPorte
    4:15 am on April 15th, 2012 8

    Fences make good neighbors.

  • MTB Rider
    4:23 am on April 15th, 2012 9

    Especially if you need to sell something that wasn’t exactly yours in the first place! ;-)

  • K
    5:31 am on April 15th, 2012 10

    Those uniforms are nice looking.

  • Teadrinker
    8:25 pm on April 15th, 2012 11


    It’s the new pattern. It’s much better than their previous one.

  • kushibo
    1:24 am on April 16th, 2012 12

    It’s the new pattern. It’s much better than their previous one.

    Al Gore predicted that in his 1988 book, Earl in the Bathhouse: “Rapid global warming will cause massive climate change, which will alter the foliage in many countries and force a costly change to those respective countries’ military camouflage patterns.” (p.283)

  • Teadrinker
    2:25 am on April 16th, 2012 13


    How is one to verify such a claim when more effective patterns are routinely developed? In any case, the reason why the foliage would have changed in South Korea since the last cammo pattern was created is because the trees planted during the reforestation drive in the 60′s have since matured.

  • K
    4:31 am on April 16th, 2012 14

    Woodland pattern would have been the best choice for the Korean military during Korea’s less developed days, which lasted until the 1990s, when the US military in Korea too was using the same pattern. At the turn of the century the Korean military started developing the new one (along with the desert pattern for the Middle East troopers), and now the frontline troopers are beginning to receive it. It’s a much better fit for urban and barren environment, as you can see in the picture.

  • Bill
    5:14 am on April 16th, 2012 15

    Gee, we have all kinds of technology along our ‘friendly’ border with Mexico. Since they are peaceful neighbors, instead of actively hostile like North Korea, perhaps we should get rid of our fence also? :lol:

  • MTB Rider
    3:00 pm on April 16th, 2012 16

    It would be easy to solve the U.S./Mexico Border problem if everyone stopped bullshyting about it. Unfortunately, both major political parties have reasons for keeping the border loose, and playing “let’s pretend” with the facts.

    Then they promptly blame the “other side” for all the problems.
    Drugs: Left’s Fault
    Low Wages: Right’s Fault
    Welfare/Social Services Drain: Left’s Fault
    Unsafe Working Conditions: Right’s Fault

    And on and on and on. Tedious.

  • Teadrinker
    9:25 pm on April 16th, 2012 17


    Is it the fault of American foreign policy in Central and South America over the last 100 years or so?

  • MTB Rider
    9:43 pm on April 16th, 2012 18

    Which policy during which time period?

    These are not new problems, nor are they from one decision made by one person of one political party.

    Anybody who says they have a “Simple Solution” to these problems is wrong. But that’s not how it is presented during the endless “Vote for Me” political commercials. :-/


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