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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on December 21st, 2013 at 8:57 am

No DMZ Christmas Tree for 2013

I figure if the North Koreans are looking for an excuse to launch a provocation they will find one regardless of whether there is a Christmas tree on the DMZ or not:

Photo of past DMZ Christmas tree from Stars & Stripes.

It’s been an annual ritual for South Korea to light a giant Christmas tree near the border with North Korea, but it will remain dark this year as Seoul takes a cautious approach so as not to provoke the communist state undergoing political upheaval.

Ahead of Christmas Day, several South Korean churches asked for the government’s approval to light a Christmas tree on top of a 165-meter hill called Aegibong near the western section of the inter-Korean border, but the defense ministry decided to turn down their request, a senior ministry official said Friday.

The decision comes a day after North Korea has threatened to strike South Korea in anger over a recent Seoul rally condemning North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for his reign of terror.  [Yonhap]

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  • ChickenHead
    9:29 am on December 21st, 2013 1

    The terrorists have won… as usual.

    The only time there is a Zero Tolerance Policy is when it is directed at the weak and powerless like five year-old kids who draw pictures of guns.

    If you have artillery, or a nuclear bomb, everybody tip-toes around your potentially bruised feelings.

  • tbonetylr
    9:34 am on December 21st, 2013 2

    Because Christmas isn’t really a Korean holiday even though it’s a day off work for many. I understand, I’ve been told many times and S. Korean kids don’t get toys on Christmas because they would take time away from their studies. There isn’t a Santa Clause in S. Korea and if there were, he’d be black. Who cares about a Christmas tree anyway?

  • ChickenHead
    9:45 am on December 21st, 2013 3

    Tbone, with talk like that, you don’t get a Santa this year.

    You get a Krampus.

  • Leon LaPorte
    11:47 am on December 21st, 2013 4

    I think we need a lot more Krampus in Christmas.

    …and before the O’Reilly-esque indignation comes storming in, I am assuming these churches can set up all the Christmas trees they like in the areas they are actually from.

  • Dr. Smith
    11:49 am on December 21st, 2013 5

    Why let them win by default? Build that tree!

  • Liz
    12:02 pm on December 21st, 2013 6

    Build 5000 trees.

    Build the biggest one with a buddy Jesus standing at the top, pointing his middle finger at the north and a giant light projecting from that middle finger like the Luxor in Las Vegas.

  • Glans
    1:55 pm on December 21st, 2013 7

    Liz, the buddy Jesus does not make obscene gestures.

  • Liz
    2:40 pm on December 21st, 2013 8

    Silly me.

  • Star Jjang
    3:24 pm on December 21st, 2013 9

    Have they ever carried out a provocation for something like a Christmas tree lighting ceremony? Or did it happen more in the form of a later reprisal like they did during World Cup 2002 and the patrol boat skirmish?

  • tom langley
    4:56 pm on December 21st, 2013 10

    As usual people are kneeing down to kiss the piper of the communist North Koreans. When a hard line is used with them like on the Kaesong shutdown then they listen. Remember the tree would be on the SOUTH Korean side of the border so if the North Koreans had a hizzy fit the South Koreans should have just told them to Foxtrot Oscar.

  • Leon LaPorte
    5:24 pm on December 21st, 2013 11

    Yeah. What was solved with the Kaesong shutdown again?

    I’m also betting anyone who LIVES up there can set up all the Christmas trees they want. Just as all those folks from out of town can set up all the trees they wish, where they live.

  • Liz
    6:11 pm on December 21st, 2013 12

    Christmas grumpalufagus.

  • Bob
    8:51 pm on December 21st, 2013 13

    Whatever. As if that tree was for the benefit of North Koreans. The few North Koreans who would see it would just think, “WTF?”

  • Avatar of Leon LaPorteLeon LaPorte
    8:53 pm on December 21st, 2013 14

    13. Whatever, indeed.


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