I had another blog post ready for today but decided to quickly make this comic and talk about this issue.
My husband had a hard time at work last night because of the North Korea issue. We are a bit annoyed when people don’t really know the difference between South Korea and North Korea, but when people don’t even know that there are two Koreas… it actually makes me a bit angry. North Korea has been in the news for years and years, you’d think at some point these dumb would have realised that. I feel really sorry for my husband that he has to deal with this ignorance. Over and over at work he had to explain the situation, people were asking him if he is from the North or South, people thought North Korea had already launched a rocket at the USA and it was on it’s way now or something. When he said we are still planning on going to South Korea people were telling us we were going to die….. yeah.
Anyway let’s talk about North Korea. The situation is very delicate at the moment and it is really worrying. Even though it’s suicide for North Korea if they attack, there is still that chance that they will do something stupid and some people will die.
I think they have already achieved their goals. The whole world is looking at them and is worried and scared, they have our attention. They are causing problems for South Korea’s economy and tourism and provoking the US military. They have also rallied their people with a common goal, so people will stop concentrating on the food shortage and focus on the “enemy”. They can now point out to their people, “Look at the American imperialists dogs and the South Korean puppets getting ready to attack us, just like we’ve told you all this time.” It’s all feeding into their propaganda machine.
The Western media has been irresponsible in reporting as well, but I suppose they usually are, the way they hype things up. It’s just dangerous when so many people know nothing about the North Korean situation. My husband got the full force of that at work last night. It’s not his job to educate people. We have so much information at our fingertips, it takes only a few seconds to realise there are two Koreas and that a rocket has not actually been launched at the US.
At the moment we are still going to South Korea in a few weeks. We will watch the situation and see what happens. The thing is, when North Korea actually does something to South Korea, there is usually no warning. They don’t talk the big talk like they are doing now, so I hope that is an indicator that they won’t do anything. We won’t be flying into Seoul either, we’ll be flying into Busan which is down the bottom of South Korea. All we can do is wait.
I’m sorry this is not a fun topic today.