You will have to look for it, below the fold or google for it on Google news, but the big news of the day is: The Korean War is finally over.

Huh?

Well, you see, officially there has only been a cease fire, but no official end to the war. But now there has been a declaration saying that there will be a declaration to finally end the war:

“We can consider making a declaration of putting an end to the Korean War as a pre-step toward setting up and maintaining a peace regime on the peninsula, given distrust between the United States and North Korea, and South and North Korea still lingers,” he said. ….
Since the leaders of the two Koreas pledged joint efforts to establish a peace regime on the peninsula during their summit early October, a controversy has arisen over how and when nations concerned should begin talks on a Korean peace treaty, and who will be the main players for the talks.

It’s a good thing, right? But the US is opposed to the south and north making a peace treaty.

Huh?

North Korea shut down one nuclear reactor, but is supposed to shut down more by the end of the year. Will they do so? And what about that site in Syria which the Israelis “shut down”, but no one wants to talk about?

What is going on is that the South Koreans will make peace, while giving lots of money to an industrial development zone in the north, and help build lots of roads. The problem is twofold: What will they get in return? The second problem is more grim: The South will agree not to interfere with the internal politics of the North: Translation: ignore the Gulags, ignore the starvation and flood damage and look the other way when grain and supplies are diverted to soldiers. Oh yes: ignore the refugees. Most North Koreans flee into China, so just look the other way when China finds them and they are deported back to North Korean gulags as punishment…
And the end of the Korean war has to involve China and the US who also fought in that war.  The US worries that South Korea is being taken as a sucker, giving lots of aid without getting anything in return, at a time when the South Korean Government is busy insulting and distancing itself from the US troops still in that country.

There is also the matter of manpower. Right now, South Korea is importing people and is becoming increasingly multicultural in it’s cities.(officially there are 167 thousand legal foreigners in South Korea). For a country with a deep culture, hiring other Koreans to work in factories might be preferable to hiring Filipinos.

Right now, South Korean factories in the North Korean economic zone employ 16 000 North Korean workers.

However, for all the talks of solidarity, one suspects a true opening of the border will lead to a culture shock worse than the unification of Germany.

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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines.Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket 

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