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August 21, 2010 |  7:00 am

ROK Special Forces training

It's been a while since the U.S. border with neighboring Canada (or "neighbouring," if you're reading this up there) was wired and mined every few feet against marauding commandos infiltrating the lower 48 to assassinate or kidnap average citizens.

So many Americans might find it hard to grasp the preparedness mentality that perpetually grips the Republic of Korea and its own version of special forces, shown here during recent training exercises preparing for something.

For more than half a century, the democratic nation and close U.S. ally has lived with the threat of a possible repeat invasion of the hermit folks from North Korea led by that champagne-loving, looney little guy Kim with the Carol Channing sunglasses.

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Photo: Bae Jae-Man / Reuters