Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Another Korean War – But This One IS Different

Today, North Korea’s leaders have stopped talking to their counterparts in South Korea, because of alleged intrusions by the South Korean Navy in North Korean waters.

Ironically, it was North Korea’s Committee for Peaceful Reunification of Korea which made the announcement.

For most of this year and part of last year, American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been outspoken in her bid to unite the two countries peacefully.
That’ll never happen.

Not just because the north falls under the Communistic idealism which conflicts with the views of a more open Capitalistic south, but because of politics of another sort.

America’s relationship with North Korea has always been on shaking ground – from as far back as the Kennedy Administration to present. That’s a long time to hold a grudge.

And a grudge it is – North Korea sees attacks on the south as an attack against an American ally, which is why so long as an American politician is leading the way towards unification – it’ll never happen.

Although U.S. Secretary of State Clinton’s heart may be in the right place, her mind must be elsewhere. Because as long as she’s at the head of the peace talks, the two sides will grow ever further apart.

Yesterday she made matters worse, be admitting her country’s stance, saying that America’s “support for South Korea’s defense is unequivocal,” and that North Korea should “stop its belligerence and threatening behavior.”

This threat by the American politician came after South Korean President Lee Myung-bak announced his country was suspending trade with North Korea, closing their waterways to North Korean ships, and adopting a more aggressive military posture.

All of this sounds like anything but peace – if anything it looks more like the prelude to war.

Although outside representatives should be present to arbitrate the tensions between the two opposing factions, American politicians need to step back from the situation, as their presence is only adding to the tensions, with their support already firmly seated in the south.

The United Nations must move in, first with a peace envoy – who isn’t American – to try to quash the war before it begins.

Failing that, the UN will need to take sides, and put an end to a war, before it gets out of hand.

North Korea has been testing nuclear weapons – and although everyone knows the dangers to the planet of launching such massively potent weapons, their rulers don’t have the patience which the American and Soviet leaders had during the Cold War.

So a war between the north and the south could be truly catastrophic, sending nuclear material into our atmosphere, destroying populations far outside the warring nation’s battle grounds.

Which makes it all the more important that the Americans get out of the discourse, because their presence is just making matters worse. And when a country has it’s fingers on “the button” worse isn’t where you want to go.

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