"Imjingak: a place called freedom - Part I" Taesong-dong Things to Do Tip by mke1963

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A fading photograph, pinned to the chain-link fence, tells the whole story, identifying the members of a family still divided by the geopolitics of half a century. All the main actors from the military drama of the 1950s are long dead, although many soldiers, civilians and refugees from many countries remember the horrific battles that swept across the whole Korean peninsula for three years. Like most recent wars, no family was left untouched, and fate determined the location of fathers, brothers and sons on the day the armistice brought the whole pathetic saga to an end. Hundreds of thousands of Korean, American, and Chinese soldiers together with a smaller number of soldiers from a handful of other nations fought over the lands so far from the daily responsbility of Truman, Stalin and Mao. Fifty years of subsequent leaders have been unable to solve the dilemma of the Korean divide, and one is left wondering if Korea?s allies have ever had Korea?s best interests at heart. For the Soviet Union and China, it was helpful having a fellow Communist state sitting close to Japan and Taiwan; for the USA, what a great place to base soldiers, planes and ships to patrol much of the northern Pacific Ocean.
Yet for all the superpower posturing, none seem to have made reunification of Korea a real priority over time, preferring to push their own interests.

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  • Written Feb 3, 2006
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