This is the first modern look I have had at South Korea. It is very interesting on many levels. I see Korea as the embodiment of the current problems of the world. Philosophically and geographically, It is the perfect picture of the success of capitalism, sitting right beside the abysmal failure of communism. Korea has it’s seize fire that has been in effect since 1953. Never any end to the war. They don’t say south Korea in south Korea. They only say Korea. This says to me that it’s not really two countries. It was and still is a political divide. The “south” Koreans have done a remarkable job of cleanup since the end of hostilities. Very little evidence of the war is just lying around. You can hardly take a shovel load in Europe without finding bits of WW2. In Korea, it is quite different. No unexploded bombs, no burned out dead military vehicles, No bombed out buildings, rusty guns and ammo. All seems to be cleaned up.
It is the view of Korea from Space that really hits me. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4412925561938&set=a.3342372038769.2161024.1252762330&type=3&theater
I consider it a picture of Atlas Shrugging. I think we need to learn the lesson here. We paid for it, but we didn’t learn the lesson. We need to take this apart philosophically. Extract the knowledge and build from there.