So, by now you’ve already heard about the attack on Yeonpyeong Island. You might think there is mass chaos, considering that island is within Incheon limits. It’s absolutely tragic and terrifying for those who live on that island.
As for the mainland, people are concerned, but not that worried. Probably because they’ve seen it all before.
[Copped this map from Ryan. Thank you, sir.]
Just the other day a friend and I were talking about the transition of power from Kim Jong Il to his son. We kind of made these sweeping postulations that the power shift could turn out in one of two ways:
- His son will want to up the ante, goes nuts, and wages full-on war (leading to the downfall of North Korea), or
- His son will want to up the ante, goes nuts, and causes the downfall of North Korea without so much as affecting the rest of the world.
Clearly there are plenty of other potential outcomes. But, sidestepping all of the systematic and political explanations, I always think there’s something to be said for progeny trying to make their mark, especially during periods of transition.
As far as reaction within the country? Most of us (South Koreans and foreigners alike) were just like: