The situation between North and South Korea is reaching critical mass, pun intended. The South Koreans are obstinately insisting that they will go forward with live fire drills which the North has stated will cause retaliation.
Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico, is presently in North Korea attempting to calm the situation and keep the peace. He evidently has put forth several proposals, but at present is refusing to release the details to the public.
So what does the Governor of New Mexico have to do with North Korea? Mr. Richardson is a former U.N. ambassador and has been an unofficial diplomatic troubleshooter, including missions to secure the release of hostages in Sudan, Iraq and North Korea.
The U.S. State Department states that Mr. Richardson isn’t delivering a message to North Korea from the U.S. government. However his contacts with North Korean officials may provide insights for diplomats trying to persuade North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program.
None of this makes a bit of sense. North Korea has made it abundantly clear that they will never give up any nuclear capabilities and are in fact working at expanding those capabilities.
It was just a couple of weeks ago that rumors were flying about in reference to a unified Korea under South Korean rule, which again would seem like an impossibility. That is unless you look at the potential for the procurement of wealth.
South Korea is described as a democracy, however if you look at the conditions on the ground you see a situation more akin to the Chinese style dictatorship. Unification under such a dictatorship would seem a possibility if those at the top can agree to share power in such a way that the elitists at the top cannot only continue to exercise control over the people, but greatly increase their wealth in the process.
If this is the case why is the United States government using back door diplomacy in its association with the deal?
If the Koreas were to unite the American people might very well resent their government if it was found that it was instrumental in creating another China, which they would have to compete with in the one world economy. Say what you want about peace and flowers in your hair, but a unified Korea offering Chinese style industrialism might very well be the final blow that crushes America economically.
No one in their right mind wants nuclear war. But I think the threat is just that, a threat. Putting the nuclear issue aside, would the American people support an American sponsored reunification of Korea if they truly understood the long term consequences?