Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison.
It’s a pity North Korea’s Kim Jong Un had to spoil the party this week. Rockers at the White House should not have had to listen to disturbing news stories about rattling sabers and missile launches
Here’s a satellite photograph that East Room party-goers should study, for at least five minutes. The astute reader will see in this image of the Korean peninsula by night some very interesting things. There is a sharp line between the lighted portions and the darkened portions of Korea. That line runs along the 38th Parallel of latitude. That was the Truce Line agreed to after years of bitter and contentious negotiations between North Korean and Chinese Communists and the UN. For, in those halcyon days, the United Nations was actually willing to use force to counter Communist aggression. In reality, it was the Americans who constituted the vast majority of UN forces engaged on the Korean peninsula between 1950 and 1953.
That Truce Line is better known as the demarcation for the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ).
This DMZ has long been regarded as one of the most dangerous places on earth. The world’s longest truce has just recently been disavowed by the new young dictator of the Hermit Kingdom of Korea, that is, Communist North Korea.
Look at the region north of the DMZ and you readily note it is all dark. South Korea is ablaze with light in the night sky, lighted by the lights of a freedom bought with American blood, American treasure.
Now, let us consider the tough talk of our new Sec. of State, John Kerry. He addressed these comments to an eager world press corps:
"If Kim Jong Un decides to launch a missile, whether it's across the Sea of Japan or some other direction, he will be choosing willfully to ignore the entire international community, and it will be a provocation and unwanted act that will raise people's temperatures."
Unpacking the secretary’s bold declaration, we see this penetrating analysis:
Kim Jong Un would be choosing willfully to ignore the entire international community.