Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years

Living in Wonju South Korea, These Many Long Years: Version 2.0!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Letter From a Concerned Reader!

A concerned reader sent the following letter:

"Hey Waeg!

What the hell is going on in Korea??  The TV here is all" war possible this weekend" and shit!!  CNN even sent Wolf Blitzer over there, and that's never a good sign!  How is everything, and what's up??"

I understand his concern, and I much appreciate the thought.

I responded in this rather rambling way:

"If its worth anything, they've been saying the same thing off and on for the last 40 years.  

North Korea likes to piss in South Korea's cornflakes because they can.  If SK refuses to give them free money or rice, NK attacks a few of their boats or sends over a sub.  They know SK has more to lose economically than they do, so its a form of blackmail: you can either give us the cash and the rice, or pay the price in a few dead dudes and a tumble on the stock exchange.  SK is hamstrung, since China is always lurking in the background.  China gets tons of resources on the cheap from NK, and the last thing China wants is a unified democratic pro American Korea. 

So it will continue to be stalemate after stalemate, until something gives.  Probably a coup in the North, but you just never know if some rogue general decides to start Armageddon.

Militarily, SK would kick NK's ass, even without the help of Uncle Sam.  Their stuff is just that much cooler.  Having a huge army doesn't amount to much if you can't supply it, or if half of it would be wiped out in a matter of days by superior firepower.  If it got down to shove, Seoul would be bye bye, but so would North Korea, a reality everyone is very aware of.  If China got involved, we're looking at WWIII.  China also has much to lose however, since it will basically own the world in about 20 years.

So. . .I'm not worried.  Except that my Korean and Chinese language skills need to be better."

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