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January 19, 2009
North Korea renews aggression toward South Korea

North Korea claims it has enough enriched plutonium for several nuclear weapons and has renewed its use of confrontational rhetoric toward South Korea in both television and print.

Leon Sigal of the Social Science Research Council speaks with Martin Savidge about the motivation for this aggression and its implications for the new Obama administration.


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Confrontation from North Korea towards South Korea has long been the common theme describing division and dichotomy as much in the geographical map of the land as in the mapped depths of the psyche of the Korean people themselves…some of the Korean people seeming divided, within themselves, about what the true nature of their situation needs to be and who they truly wish to become. They want unity but remain long divided. Some insight from personal experience: Long ago, I was stationed 2 miles from the DMZ for 2 years and, from the experiences of those 2 years decided to prolong my Life’s ongoing Philosophical Experiment for another 19 years. How? I decided to marry a native of South Korea: a beautiful South Korean woman when I was arrived at the age of 20 and was, for the remaining 19 years of that marriage: feeling, almost, as if I had arrived in a most heavenly portion of a far distant land, a veritable mystical Hermit Kingdom most similar–to the dreaming mind–to a, seemingly, outwardly peaceful region which had yet been cast over with an ancient nostalgic “feel” …but, quite truly, a treacherous war zone, evenso.
The lady proved, indeed, to be much like her country. I will not elaborate upon unnecessary details since a human being is only a human being. The past is the past. But when any South Korean has “long lost” cousins in North Korea but the two halves of the whole country still manage to remain at odds with one another and are, generally: still not, willingly, too understanding of one another from various governmental places along and from behind the opposite sides of the high fences which have long been in place and which greeted my eyes with every otherwise beautiful sunrise: then, you have an acute–almost intuitive–awareness of where the deep dichotomy is and what the true nature of the division is which often transcends mere written and spoken languages by their modern vulgar usages of propagandas and independent idealogies of thought whose manifestations periodically break out into riotings. Thinking about that thought might be a good place to begin for some kind of deep “undivided” philosophical meditations…upon the era, especially: in which the ancient King Sejong (b.1397-d.1450) lived and undertook a system of articulatory phonetic writing called Hangul…to take root. Yet what kind of philosophy has been allowed to come forth, today, which would necessitate barbed wire fences to border the great lengths of a beautiful River (Imjin)–a flowing River common to both sides of a divided country–to determine the lengths of the true qualities of a truce within the thinking minds of those few who may be yet able to use their objective minds in a, supposedly, “human” way? If that can be figured out, then the meanings behind the marching of “million-man” armies might be able to be, even further, deduced. But there will be no need to “marry” any scenario which, like a beautiful woman: might seem to come forth like a tranquil invitation to engage in, seemingly, easy displays of diplomacy. Answering such an invitation with political words and meaningless smiles will likely only end in a cruel and heartbreaking “divorce”.

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