Since the North’s attack on November 23rd several people back home have voiced concern about my well-being. I just want to say to everyone I am not worried and I don’t think you should be either.
Last time an event similar to Tuesday’s occurred, I was scared. There were 46 casualties, it was an obvious deliberate attack from North Korea and there was no motive behind it. I thought I was going home and I thought a war was going to break out. I did some homework and I asked various Koreans their point of view. As it turns out everybody thinks Kim-Jong-il is a crazy son a bitch who acts like a child. His leadership style remind me of Hitler. South Koreans want him to die a brutal death but not one person wanted war and I completely respect that. Why would anyone want war? War is not the answer. War would cost a lot of money and more lives on both sides of the border. Even my students wish that someday the Koreas will once again be reunited even though it may have “negative effect on the economy” as 12 year-old Owen put it.
Kim-Jong-il is sick and is believed to die any day now. His near death is thought to be the reason of recent attacks on South Korea to show he is still strong and able to conduct a war. Instead of biting the bait, South Korea chooses to withhold fire instead hitting them where it really hurts, pulling trade. North Korea does not have many friends and few countries want to trade with them resulting in food shortages. On my recent trip to the DMZ I saw that many trees were stripped of their bark as North Koreans have been using bark for food. Many are starving and South Korea has been helping them by sending truck loads of rice and corn despite the attacks because South Koreans are not evil and do not want their cousins of the North to starve.
Many people think China is North Korea’s friend. It’s not 1950 anymore and in present day China is set to be the strongest economy in the world by 2020. Why would they want to help a friendless country like North Korea who has nothing to offer them? According to the facebook movie I saw last night, there are more people in China with high IQs then there are people in the United States. I don’t know if this is true or not but it’s safe to say that the Chinese are not idiots. They have shown no support for war but have repeatedly tried to calm the heated waters.
At the end of the day, nobody wants a war. One thing that does majorly suck because of all of this is that my visitor who was set to come next week has postponed her trip due to recent events. In the meantime I’m going to live my normal everyday life…I’ve got to prepare deviled eggs for my birthday lunch tomorrow and get ready to visit the animal shelter to walk some dogs.