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Thursday, December 18, 2003

Korean Reunification

On a recent roadtrip to the northern part of South Korea, very close to the most heavily fortified border on earth, I couldn't find the De-militarized Zone on my road map even though it was only three kilometers away. Why? The answer is that Koreans are scandalized by the division of their country. Most maps do not depict the border that divides the two states. The weather forecasts on the news show the temperatures for cities in the North as if South Koreansa were able to visit them at will.

Koreans will insist that there most deeply-held desire is for reunification. Division, they will say, was forced on them by the americans and the Russians.

But what is the position of the government of the Republic of Korea?

South Korean foreign minister, Yoon Young Kwan, quoted in Seoul Has Big Plans for North Korea (Nightmares, Too):

    We South Koreans do not want abrupt change. We are not ready to digest sudden change in the political situation in North Korea.

Why? Because reunification would be expensive. As a result, the millions of North Koreans are doomed to continue starving and living in a nightmare state because their "brothers" in the South are unwilling to have their ecomony affected.