It is important to educate yourself.
My eyes opened to the bright light of my phone screen and the soft jingle of my my text message ringtone. Irritable, I rolled over and glared at my clock, five thirty was too early. I didn’t have class until eight. Retrieving my phone from it’s place on my nightstand, I read the text.
“North Korea looks bad”
I bit my lip, and sat up so quickly it was almost dizzying. Regaining my balance, I drudged towards my desk, bringing my computer back to my bed. Google: North Korea. I read, and read. My eyes searching, scanning. This war that wasn’t publicized, wasn’t made a “huge deal” had been waging for about fifty years. It was really between South Korea and North Korea, I found as I informed myself… but American Troops were being deployed there and apparently units were sent on Combat-Ready status.
The conflict between North and South Korea had been going on since the Cold War… the dispute ended up causing Korea to schism at the 38th parallel (.. I remember this from a US History class, if that ages me..). I became frustrated. Why hadn’t I been aware that the war was actually continuing. the fear of nuclear war and the United States paralleling South Korea in their acts of rebellion and electing a female president.
In 2008 North Korea promised to diffuse it’s Nuclear program easing tension between them and the United States. The removal of their nuclear program also allowed the US to remove them from the Terror list among other things. In 2009, two American journalists were imprisoned in Korea, rekindling the tension between the two countries (I recall this much..). The journalists were recently returned to the US after (according to the press) going through grueling torture. Now, in 2013 Korea was found to be re-testing, for the third time, a nuclear bomb that had similar effects to the first test in 2009 and on March 21st, they released a propaganda film “Three Day War” where they advertised the defeat of the United States. Now, North Korea has deemed the United States and Hawaii “targets.”
I keep staring at my computer screen, as if it’d change something, anything… but looking at the clock, I haven’t got much time to pause.. I didn’t have time to write, but I did anyways. Class doesn’t sound appealing at all right now, but here I go.
and on the same note – because it isn’t in the news as much, doesn’t mean it’s happening. I’m just waiting for this to show up on major news stations soon enough. It’s important to inform yourself on what’s happening in this world — after all, we *do* live here.