By: Taliesin L.O.
As with most of the world, Korea was divided between the Communist and Capitalist axises. To Russia went the north; to Anglo-America the South. That is how the peninsula remains to this day, divided down the middle as two nation states. It wasn't that easy, though. It never is easy for forgiven powers to arbitrarily divide large regions of land into colonies. In the 1950s this was shown in the Korean War, where North and South battled in some attempt to see a unified peninsula with the fall of the other half.
All in all, the statement given by Kim Jong Un as a deceleration of war is a masterful piece of rhetoric and propaganda. North Korea keeps itself together with propaganda, it's what feeds the 1.2 million troops. Inevitably a young leader like Kim Jong Un, with little experience, would make use of saber rattling in order to legitimize his military rule. But he certainly has not been marching to war. Those 1.2 million troops are still far from the boarder, and have not been placed in any kind of readiness for invasion of the south.
This kind of rhetoric is always a game of brinkmanship and eventually escalation. The United States, having responded to the threats of the North with military intimidation, has been playing perfectly into the hands of Kim Jong Un and his regime. This kind of show of aggression can do nothing but legitimize an unstable regime.
"They[Kim Jong Un's advisers] are in a hurry to establish Kim's image as a powerful military leader to gain respect and control. And the ones doing that are Kim Kyong Hui and her husband Jang," said Jeung Young Tai, senior research fellow at Korea Institute for National Unification.
These people aren't mad, they're proud and they're politicians. Many of them seek a peaceful solution. The two most powerful of Kim Jong Un's advisers are an example of the split in North Korean thinking between the violent and reconciliatory halves. Kim's aunt Kim Kyong-Hui and her husband Jang Sung-Taek are, quite possibly, the real power behind the regime right now.
Kim Kyong-Hui was the sister of Kim Jong Un's late father, the previous ruler of the NKPR, and has been a political power in that nation for forty years. She, along with certain military commanders, have been pushing the NKPR to war, at least in words, and have been using that sentiment to establish Kim Jong Un as the nation's leader.
But her husband is slightly different in thinking, though he still is not above using military maneuvering to help his nephew establish control. He is one of the leaders in North Korea who has actually been trying to bring a little bit of prosperity and economic force to the NKPR. In a bid for economic development, he made many trips in the past to the allied nation China in hopes of bringing what made China a powerhouse to the NKPR. Even though his attempt at economic development fell through, he still represents a sentiment in the NKPR that could lead to peace if better addressed. Jang Sung-Taek even went so far as to oppose many of North Korea's more provocative military actions.
"The situation on the Korean Peninsula is inching close to a thermonuclear war due to the evermore undisguised hostile actions of the United States and the south Korean puppet warmongers and their moves for a war against the North", said a statement by the North Korean Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, an organization that deals with regional matters.
We continue, as a nation along with our allies, to resolve our conflicts through the same use of force. We allow ourselves to be bullied and frightened by such statements as that nuclear weapons are "the nation's life treasure" and will not be traded even for "billions of dollars,"
The unrest in the Korean peninsula is not a problem that we, as the unified modern world with all its combined nations, weapons and wealth can ever hope to solve. We may help, but it is a peace that must be solved by North and South Korea.
They are nation states, sovereign members of the United Nations. No one can make peace there but themselves. We can kill the aggressors in either nation and give control of it to the other, but that will not make peace. There will still be North and South. As long as there is North and South Korea, regardless of which is dominate, there will be no peace, and no security for anyone.
The only way peace will be made is through reunification.
“Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.”