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The Only Solution for the Korean Crisis

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North Korea’s recent rocket tests highlight this brutal regime’s ongoing threat to peace. A mere change of leadership won’t eliminate the dangers posed by the rogue state; the only long-term solution requires disappearance of the totalitarian nightmare in Pyongyang and unification of the Korean Peninsula.
That may seem unthinkable at the moment, but 27 years ago a similarly impossible reunification dissolved Communist East Germany into the prosperous, stable Federal Republic of West Germany. Co-incidentally, the statesman who guided this heroic transition just died on June 16th. Helmut Kohl served 16 supremely eventful years as German Chancellor and both presidents Bush and Clinton hailed him as “the greatest European leader in the second half of the 20th Century.”
Kohl’s example makes clear that even well-established dictatorships can dissolve as artificially divided nations join together in the name of peace and progress.  May that lesson inspire hope and encouragement for the oppressed, long-suffering people of today’s North Korea.
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  1. Linda  •  Jul 14, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Unification of the Korean Peninsula might be the answer, but do the South Koreans want to be united with the North?

    • Nani Tavares  •  Jul 14, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      Give up prosperity and freedom to live under a maniac who enslaves and starves his people? I think not.

      • Rollie Snider  •  Jul 14, 2017 at 6:24 pm

        Obviously, he means unification under South Korea's government, not the North's.

      • Nani Tavares  •  Jul 14, 2017 at 7:46 pm

        Rollie Snider, the crazy megalomaniac give up his dictatorship? Seriously?

      • Nani Tavares  •  Jul 14, 2017 at 7:53 pm

        Even if we could somehow get rid of the dictator (assassination), does anyone believe that China would tolerate a united free, prosperous Korea sitting on their doorstep?

  2. Chris Coldeen  •  Jul 14, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    Since the UN has declared his ballistic missile tests illegal, why don't we just (try to) shoot them down? We're practicing on our own dummy missiles (at some cost). We should practice on his at no cost. Why isn't this being considered? Seems so obvious.

    • AARON SCHULTZ  •  Jul 14, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      and fun… Don't forget to have fun.

  3. troon62  •  Jul 14, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Michael,
    I concur. However, I can't imagine a scenario in which a German-style reunification could occur. The North Korean elites understand that their privileged existence ceases in the event; the current South Korean government seems strangely insistent on improving relations with its northern thug-ocracy; the Chinese remain more fearful of massive migration of Korean immigrants, should the North collapse, than they do of a fully nuclear North; and 23 years of fruitless sanctions against the North have yielded nothing. What more can the West do to bring about the reunification you envision?

  4. AARON SCHULTZ  •  Jul 14, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    This is a tall order given the generations of brainwashed northerners. There is a large segment of that population that believes the regime's rhetoric. A worthy endevor, but a very difficult task.

  5. STEVEN LOPATE  •  Jul 15, 2017 at 8:07 am

    offer 10 billion to kill the fat pig leader

    • Gary  •  Jul 15, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      I'm with Steven Lopate all the way.

      • Rizzo  •  Jul 20, 2017 at 3:36 pm

        I'd buy that for a dollar!

  6. Bill Baxter  •  Jul 18, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    Wish that this could happen but don't see how it could. Several factors are a lot different from Germany in 1989.

    First, while East Germany was poor compared to West Germany the difference between North and South Korea is much greater.

    Second, East Germany didn't have nuclear weapons.

    Third, the USSR was led by Gorbachev, who decided to allow German reunification. I am sure today's PRC would not be willing to do this with Korea (at least without getting much more in return than Gorbachev did).

    Alternatives would be:

    1. The status quo continues indefinitely. Unfortunately this is the most likely. North Korea remains a rouge state but doesn't start a war (this assumes Kim Jong Un wants to stay alive and does survive).

    2. China imposes a government change on North Korea. China might or might not force the new government to give up its nuclear weapons.

    3. War between US and allies and North Korea. This would cause lots of deaths on both sides and might lead to WWIII if China intervenes and the conflict escalates.

    4. Kim Jong Un dies. Since North Korea is a de facto absolute monarchy someone from his family is the next ruler. Most likely result is his Sister either in her own name or as a de facto regent for a child of Kim Jong Un. He also has a brother who is still alive and a nephew who's father was just murdered. They are both outside North Korea.

    5. Korean reunification could occur if China would agree. As of now that would probably require that the united Korea would have to be a Chinese ally.

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