Sunday, August 24, 2008


Once upon a time, one country invaded another and the President of the United States sent American troops to intervene without so much as notifying Congress. (and oh, yes, we did get some help from the Brits, Aussies, and other UN contingents). Three years and 38,000 American deaths later, we signed an armistice with the Chinese and North Koreans and the Korean Peninsula has enjoyed an uneasy ceasefire- not peace- for the past fifty-five years.

I once saw a satellite photograph of the Korean peninsula taken at night. The south was lit up like a Christmas tree, with a huge white dot marking Seoul, the capital city. There were perhaps a hundred white dots marking smaller cities. Above the line of the demilitarized zone, North Korea was almost pitch black. This is dramatic proof that the Dear Leader, Kim Jong Il, has led his people back into the days of the 19th century.

My read on the outcome of the Korean War is: VERY good result, with a VERY bad precedent.


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