Saturday, April 30, 2011

Peace, Commerce and Friendship

With North Korea? Joshua Snyder explains:
With the southern half of that tragically divided country, America finds herself tied up in an "entangling alliance," and with the northern half, rather than "peace, commerce and honest friendship," we find war, sanctions, and animosity. Didn't George Washington warn us against "the mischiefs of foreign intrigue" resulting from "excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another" in his farewell address?
Ending the permanent and entangling alliance with South Korea is a no-brainer. If the alliance ever made sense, it clearly no longer does. Americans find themselves expending treasure and potentially blood defending one of the richest countries in the world against one of the poorest. Lest one point to China, South Korea has been enjoying decades of friendly political and commercial relations with the regional power. (Do they read Jefferson in South Korea?) The South Koreans have even been attempting the same with the North, with some degree of success, and with much opposition from Washington (the misnamed imperial capital, not the Founder of the Country).
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3 comments:

The Western Confucian said...

Thank you very much for the link. I usually get hate mail when I write about North Korea.

boinky said...

America has few troops left in the south. Or hadn't you noticed?

The problem is not America,except for those who see everything America does as evil and anyone who opposes America as "good".

The real problem is the plutocrats who are looting the country in North Korea...and when that country finally collapses, half a million starving refugees will flood China, which is why China is building fences and arming their border, to stop them...

elena maria vidal said...

"America has few troops left in the south. Or hadn't you noticed?"

Are you addressing me or Mr. Snyder, whose article I am quoting? Joshua Snyder lives in South Korea and has a Korean family so I guess he knows what is there and what is not there......