The handshake and the stepping across the line at Panmunjon yesterday were of more than symbolic significance. It passes with more than routine notice: a step on a long road ahead, hopefully between two sovereign nations, together, rather than manipulated by some Greater Power(s).
I’ve written about Korea a few times, most recently here.
A while back I made a rough map to orient myself to this part of the world which has, for the past 65 or so years been neither at war nor at peace.
(The lavender rectangle on the map was a scale of miles. But think in terms of perhaps 100 miles, east to west. Pyongyang and Seoul, the two capital cities, are not much more than 100 miles apart. This is not a place for idle threats or speculation or insults like “nuke ’em”, “rocket man” or such.)
This morning my favorite compiler of opinions about this and that had a collection of opinions about what happened yesterday at Panmunjon. You can read it here.
The longest leaps often begin with the smallest steps.
Let’s hope those symbolic gestures, yesterday, come to have great historical significance in years to come.
POSTNOTE: This is my first publication since April 11. First, a problem with my writing platform required a rebuild; then that was done and life has been extremely busy. I think I’m mostly back in business. Those who were subscribers will have to resubscribe once a new subscription feature is selected. It’s good to be back, at any rate.
On a related note to the above, there is still room for persons interested in attending the “Forgiveness” dinner with Louisa Hext on Tuesday, May 1. This will be a very good evening. The flier is here: