posted on Apr, 15 2013 @ 02:19 PM
Kudos for posting this topic and other related north korean news on ATS. I've been reading quite a few articles already and am really amused how
opinions vary. Some are valid and interesting while others are downright armchair ignorant, if there is such a term.
Just to put my two cents in, since I haven't seen someone who has actually been in the Korean Peninsula or Asia for that matter, or claiming to
I've been to Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and your countries of interest, China, Japan and South Korea. I'm a
freelance creative director for tv commercials and full length feature films. And my work entails me to, well...get to know the culture, psychology
and overall feel of the country I'm working on. And as far as the North Korean situation goes, the media is just hyping it all up. The people on
the streets are nowhere near alarmed as the media puts it. Like in Japan (Tokyo and Chiba) and South Korea (Seoul and Incheon)...the best reaction I
could get was of mild concern and a few shaking heads, meaning I don't know and I don't care. In China, however, you can't get a decent opinion on
things since all they do is work and eat...like they don't have time to chat and talk about things that don't make a profit lol If you know what I
I'm not downplaying the situation though...just my POV as a traveler. In fact I have a South Korean friend who told me his stint with their
mandatory military training (he has a family now and lives in L.A.), he was called back to his home country when he was doing missionary work in the
U.S. when he was 21. And is on call if ever war breaks out...so basically this tells me how serious SK is about homeland defense and that every man
who calls himself South Korean is mandated to defend their country even when your living in the U.S., fat ugly and with two kids lol
That being said, I enjoy reading everyone's take on the the matter. Hope everything pans out okay.
P.S. This being a conspiracy site, just a theory of mine. China is slowly eating up territory and already has satellite bases and marine works in
Spratly Islands and other nearby islands in South East Asia. Interestingly the territory is also claimed by Vietnam while my friend from the
Philippines says it's theirs. So what I'm trying to say is maybe this is a big chess match and China, Russia and the U.S. are playing the opening
moves of a gambit. Coz remember, Asia is the next big market economy since the West is already saturated. Asia is ripe for investments and these
power brokers are playing a high stakes game on who gets to exploit the region.
Just my thoughts...peace out and good reading everyone!