The recent news stories concerning North Korea are already giving the world cause for concern – and with good reason. But then, that’s not surprising – it’s just part of the ongoing conflict between both North and South Korea that’s been going on for almost the past seventy years, as the end of World War II gave way to not only the Nuclear Age, but also the Cold War era that dominated news headlines for almost fifty years.
2013, of course, marks the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War – a war that wasn’t without its share of controversies. And certainly a war that a generation hardly cared about, as they questioned its very purposes – and this, during a decade in which that generation started to question a lot of things, as our fears of Communism threatening our democratic ideals were high. Not to mention the fact that nuclear weapons could destroy the entire world – as we began to realize what the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki found out when atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities towards the end of World War II.
There’s an important fact that isn’t mentioned that much by both historians and politicians today – and which certainly explains the current situation in North Korea, as well as South Korea and the rest of mainland Asia. The greatest mistake that has resulted in not only the Korean War, but also the current situation that is now staring the world in the face is the fact that Korea should have never been split into two countries by the end of World War II – much like the splitting of Germany into two countries in the late-to-mid-1940’s not only increased tensions between East and West, but also brought about the Berlin Wall that separated the German city from the early-1960’s until 1989, when a new generation of Germans tore it down, signaling Communism’s declining influence in eastern Europe.
Of course, Germany became a whole country again by the early-1990’s – forever marked by the past, but at least starting over again with the promise of correcting and avoiding past mistakes that have overwhelmed less fortunate nations (not only in the past, but also in the present and possible future). However, merging the two Korean countries into a whole country again might be very difficult – or impossible (at least in our lifetimes), especially if Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s current leader, continues on the path that’s almost certain to lead to global disaster. But then, the damage was already done, the moment both the victorious Allied powers and the Soviet Union decided to split Korea into two countries almost seventy years ago. And it’s a mistake that the world has already paid dearly for – and probably will, depending on North Korea’s actions in the future. But then, if many of the world’s political leaders who’ve embraced and defended both freedom and democracy don’t take the proper and smart steps necessary to avoid both disaster and tragedy on a grand scale, all of mankind might not have a better future to look forward to. And I definitely mean all of mankind.
John Lavernoich is the author of the novels Code Name: Chameleons (published by iUniverse/Writers Club Press) and Chameleons To The Rescue (published by Lulu Books/Highroad Books), and the recently published short story e-book collection Tales Of The Psychiatrist (published by Booktango), as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet. To learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his writing achievements, please visit his official website (http://johnlavernoich.sharepoint.com), as well as his pages on Windows Live Spaces (http://cid-ef88d131988ab38f.profile.live.com), Facebook(http://www.facebook.com/john.lavernoich?ref=name), MySpace (http://www.myspace.com/jlavernoich), Twitter (http://twitter.com/JLav65), and WordPress (https://johnlav.wordpress.com). Mr. Lavernoich also maintains his own video channel on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/JLav65?feature=mhsn), his own Author Spotlight page on Lulu Books‘ website (http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Highroad), and his own Profile Page on Amazon Studios’ website (http://studios.amazon.com/users/59488).
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