The Land of Morning Calm by Steve Payne
says: what if the worst happened on the Korean Peninsula? Please note
that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the
views of the author(s).
In 2010, the necessary
orders to authorise the invasion of South Korea were signed on this day by
"Eternal President" Kim Il-sung in a mausoleum larger than Buckingham Palace
under the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang.
Sixteen years before the deceased leader had been shot
full of embalming fluid and then placed under glass. And to entertain the
pretense that he was still alive, officials brought the occassional document
for the Eternal President to sign.
In fact a second major war on the peninsula had become increasingly
inevitable since March 26th when a South Korean navy ship the Cheonan was
sunk by a torpedo, killing forty-six sailors. Investigators from five
countries had concluded that it was a North Korean torpedo that sank the
1,200-ton corvette, but neither Russia nor China had accepted the
Tragically, the attention of the White House had been split between this
dispute, and the world ecological crisis in US History. In the immediate
aftermath of the sinking of the warship, both Koreas had terminated
diplomatic and economic relations, whilst the Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton had been unable to exert any significant influence. Having avoid
conflict for over fifty years, the irony was that the conflict was caused by
a decided lack of American belligerence.
says original content has been repurposed to celebrate the author's
genius © "Nuclear Showdown: North Korea takes on the World" by Gordon G.
Chang (2006). To view guest historian's comments on this post please visit
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