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3 Responses to “The Other Side: Dispatches from Eric Margolis – Korea”

  1. solum temptare possumus says:

    Notice the stance of the South Korean military men at Panmunjon. They are all black belts in Tae Kwon Do. They take the clenched fist stance and do not move for the time they are at their post; staring intently at the North Koreans.
    Sadly the two Koreas will not be re-united I think, In my lifetime.
    This foreign land became the line in the sand for “Creeping Communism”
    The big boys at the time being the United States and the Soviet Union.
    The South embraced Democracy and was rewarded with the support of the west. It was the people though, that built their economy. A Poster Nation for hard work and free enterprise on a level playing field
    Geopolitics will entrench the 38th Parallel until it becomes expedient for the new big boys to re-unite the “Hermit Kingdom”.
    Ad iudicium

  2. Mike Smith says:

    Another interesting video.
    I wonder how South Korea will fare once the Russia / Korea / Japan gas pipeline is built.
    Possibly it could invest North Korea to avoid provocations, see South Korea return to its Sunshine policy towards its Northern neighbor, and maybe somewhere down the line reunification, all while providing South Korea and Japan desperately needed Energy, North Korea desperately needed foreign currency, and Russia money and eastern development. Funny how Putin and Russia may turn out to be the peacemaker it this corner of the world, and all out of enlightened self interest on the part of all concerned.

    • Mike Smith says:

      another Bloomberg article about the same project
      ” Russia wants to construct a pipeline that would carry as much as 10 billion cubic meters of gas a year to South Korea via the North, which would earn transit revenues. Russia may also build a power grid along the route.

      Korea Gas Corp. (036460), the world’s biggest importer of liquefied natural gas, and Gazprom have been trying to identify a supply route since at least 2003, when they signed a cooperation accord.

      Russia has also proposed a railway project that would connect the Trans-Siberian Railway to South Korea via North Korea, opening up an “Iron Silk Road” that would cut shipping costs of South Korean companies to Europe. ”

      The world is changing in a quiet but big way if this all works out.

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