Not much relevant to modern times but this was the most popular TV show going in S Korea ~ it really, really gets to Koreans.
Lots of swordchopping. BTW, it focuses on the 7th century so most of it is made up ~ but the writer's drag in all the current fears and aspirations of what does seem to still be a divided country.
If the west left the far east alone in the 1800’s and not practice gunboat trade policy and opium trade, Qing Dynasty of China would not have fallen and its leaders disgraced amongst the Chinese to they point the want to modernize as fast as possible to meet the Western threats. Chinese modernity would not involve Chinese reformers tinkering with facism and communism. With Qing weaken and Japan forced to open to trade, Japan would not have modernized and forcibly colonize Korea (who no longer can be protected by Qing China). Western greed and bullying would not have unhinged the far east nations who may be backwards but wanted to be left alone. Consequences is China became Communist, Japan became militaristic till end of WW2, Korea is divided with Communist holding the north and now desperate to survive pursue nukes and nuclear blackmail. If the West had followed the philosophy of our founding fathers (trade not empire building) and Christian values (not Darwinism which argues it is natural for the strong to bully the weak, and draw generalities of which race is weak and inferior to whites) many of the problems we face today may not occur.
Wouldn’t it also be as likely that North Korea would send a nuclear device in a shipping container hidden in other cargo or on a ship equipped with a short range launch system where they would have greater assurance of a successful attack?
That EMP Scenario worries the crap out of me. I'm well-prepped for 1-2yrs, but that event will take us, Canada and Mexico back to the mid-1700s.
Leave it to ☭scumbag to make it even worse.
1950’s mess was a UN mission
Now we seem to be alone.
I see the next “Stimulus” program taking shape.
That should be good for $200 billion.
Lots of jobs Americans won’t do, too, so the new immigration bill and the extra 1 million work visas will arrive just in time.
As I recall, an important US official stated that Korea was not inside the US defense sphere; we weren’t interested in it. That is what provoked the invasion. I think it was the secretary of defense.
This is what bothers me about having incompetent people at any level of government. One poorly chosen statement can cost thousands of lives. There should be a special school for officials. It should teach them to never speak to the press, period. Only official, sanctioned sources should ever speak to the press.
Maybe the Senkaku islands have something to do with this?
Don't be too sure. Willoughby's ability to ignore the blindingly obvious was truly extraordinary.