I wake up today, switch on the TV and read: North Korea has attacked South Korea, some people have fled their homes, some soldiers have died. OMG! Is that possible? I am in shock here and I'm a continent away from the Korean peninsula. I can't imagine how the common people in South Korea feel right now. It's really scary. A while ago there was the anniversary of the 60 years since the start of the Korean war, a war that never officially ended. And now it seems North Korea went totally berserk. Looks like they don't care about anything anymore. If there is war, they have nothing to lose. The fascist dictatorship is blackmailing the whole world and unless bombs fall on Seoul, South Korea, USA and the rest of the world won't do much apart from threats and warnings. That's the price we had to pay for focusing on Iraq, Iran and Afganistan for too long. Of course nobody wants a bloody nuclear war, but the allies can't just keep watching how North Korea sinks a ship and attacks an island and gets away from it. Is there no way to show the commies, that we can also do something, not just talk? Of course I'm not Obama nor Lee Myung-bak, I don't have the intelligence nor the responsibility they have, but I'm more and more worried that we will have no upper hand in this situation. No hand at all. If yesterday they've sunk a ship and today they're attacking an island, what are they going to do tomorrow? Are we ready for that? Will we only worry about the fall of the stock markets and the value of the dollar? Is there really nothing that can be done to show the communists that we (the free world) are serious? I mean, what was the purpose of those costly and well scripted joint military drills between USA and South Korea in July, if North Korea can attack and get away with it? They only understand the language of rattling guns. And that language should be avoided at all costs, but we can't just let them do whatever they want. It's really complicated. I know most people would just like to close their eyes and wish the problem would disappear. But it want. North Korea is a threat and will be a threat until something massively changes. And that regime has no intentions to change or to extend the hand offering peace to the south. I think another invasion is at this point much likelier than a peaceful reunification.
No idea, what will really happen in the near future. And I don't wanna see the Korean war to continue, I don't wanna see Seoul bombed, I don't wanna see dead people all over the place. But I also don't wanna see North Korea getting increasingly hostile and killing innocent people. They should not simply get away with that.
So what would you do, if you were the president of South Korea, who is stuck between a rock and a hard place?