They sounded absolutely ridiculous on television, but upon reflection it was beyond logical. It was brilliant and possibly capable of preventing a war someday!
Korean expert Gordon Chang and the Fox anchor were second-guessing what gestures and reaction Vice President Pence should have shown to relatives of the North Korean dictator who, with the eager connivance of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, were propelled to within Pence's handshaking range. President Moon knew full well that South Korea's ally, America, was trying to avoid any contact at all with members of the North Korean Olympic delegation.
Without cracking a smile, Chang and the Fox guy agreed that Pence shaking hands with any of the North Koreans was too much, and speaking to them was much too much, but the two of them finally settled on a nod of the head! In order to avoid showing the brutalitarian dictatorship any favorable consideration at all, while at the same time withholding any stone-faced snubbing that might turn world opinion away from America and into the hungry lap of the most oppressive tyranny on earth – an unsmiling nod of the head! The next time that diplomatic puzzle presents itself, we'll know how to handle it!
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Has it occurred to you, as the Olympics approached, that if you didn't already know how the Korean War started, you wouldn't have gotten a clue from the major American media? Their wording was always, "After the beginning of the Korean War …" or "After the truce ended the actual fighting …" or something similar that would make the subject fact-free and knowledge-free. Never once in the build-up to the Olympics did I hear, "When Communist North Korea, goaded by the Soviet Union and Communist China, crossed the Thirty-Eighth Parallel and invaded South Korea …"!
Anybody who carries any softness in his heart for Communism or North Korea's style of "progressivism" should be ashamed. Further reminders are ineffective and unnecessary. All you need do is fly over the Korean peninsula by night and notice that the North is like a gigantic high-security prison after "lights out," whereas the brightly illuminated and vibrant South sends a constant visual message of freedom and prosperity. And you'd no more expect mass starvation in a modern North Korea than you would in, say, Lima, Ohio. Yet there it is. And that's probably the real reason why China still props up its failed-state Communist protégé in Pyongyang. China doesn't want millions of hungry North Korean refugees pouring across the border into China!
A TV conservative who used to be a liberal, and still apparently harbors some leftover liberal isotopes, plaintively asked his mates on the panel, "Once we've sufficiently declared our condemnation of the North Korean regime, don't you think there comes a time when we can safely shake hands and show a little humanity to the North Korean leaders, so the rest of the world doesn't dismiss America as a nation locked into a grudge?" He got a few peeps of agreement from some of the other panelists, but not from a feisty young lady who won my applause for jumping in and saying "No! Leave the smiling to the liberals, and don't be ashamed of an America that refuses to do 'Kumbayah' with the leaders of the cruelest regime on earth!" She concluded with, "Let Obama have his thrills playing baseball with Raul Castro. We'll have plenty of smiles and handshakes and shoulder-rubbing and the like – for democracies!"
We haven't taken a good look at South Korea in ages, and it may come as a brutal surprise that their president, Moon Jae-in, is regarded by some earnest observers as anti-American who loves scoring points with the North, and who inflicts all the damaging mischief against the United States he can manage to inflict. Anti-American! Really!
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I can't think of another country that has so much reason to love America and so little to feel otherwise. To this day, the leaders of western European countries ritualistically thank America for liberation in World War II. You hear it in the accents of Norway, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, France and others. So here comes South Korea, which fell to aggression from the North in record time. President Harry Truman instinctively and instantly rushed American troops to the outclassed South Korea from Japan, and they managed to hang onto a tenuous toe-hold around the southern port of Pusan. In September of 1950 Gen. Douglas MacArthur brilliantly landed troops on South Korea's west coast at Inchon, and South Korea was saved.
So, would the voters of South Korea allow an anti-American to rule them? I know of no other example of a country committing such cosmic ingratitude. If it weren't for America there would be no South Korean nation at all.
You've heard the expression, "to bug out." That came from the Korean War. South Korean troops abandoned their positions and ran away. "Where are our Korean allies?" thundered the American generals. "They've bugged out, Sir," replied the captains and majors. Later, American tenacity and training gave birth to a military now capable of defending itself.
If it's Koreans doing the bugging out, it makes for an interesting kernel of history.
But if America should ever bug out, it's the end of civilization.