…that’s what the North Koreans are saying that they want. A lot of people argue that the United States army should leave the Korean peninsula because that is what the North Koreans want. They say that just like Vietnam, for better or worse, North and South Korea could become one country again. What bullshit. They don’t know jackshit about the situation in Korea. People who think they are educated on the issue have no idea how complex it is: the United States army, if they leave now, would do disservice to the South Koreans because the US is the one who proposed that arms be reduced. The thing is, South Korea conceded and hasn’t developed any nuclear weapons. On the other hand, North Korea has put so much money into their military that their military is considered to be one of the strongest in the world, not to mention that there might be a chance that they have successfully built nuclear weapons. And foreigners who think that all Koreans want to be re-unified is SO wrong. Many people, in fact, would rather have the two countries remain split— when the two Germanys re-unified, the West almost collapsed. Their economic ratio? 4:1. The economic ratio in the two Koreas? 17:1. That would guarantee South Korean’s destruction economically, a collapse that would undermine all the hard work people have put into the country since the armistice from the Korean War in ’53. Now, North Korea has nullified that exact armistice. Things are about to get REAL ugly. Years from now, in retrospect, we will remember this date. I guarantee you. Monday, March 11th, 2013. It will go down in history books. We just need China to react now. The course of history will change upon that government’s decisions.
While all that is going on, I’m chillin’ in one of the most peaceful countries in the world: Sweden. Sweden has not entered a physical battle for centuries. In fact, Sweden is the only country that has an embassy in North Korea. You can argue that Sweden supported the Axis during the Second World War, but that was only because the government sent materials. Many Swedish people fought for Norway during the war, going against its own government.
Stockholm has treated me generously thus far and I’m really getting to enjoy this place. It wasn’t as cold today as it was yesterday, but still icy ground and I could see my breath in the air. Today, I visited the Vasa Museum, Nordic Museum, and Skansen. Amazing museums all in one place. Then came back for a quick dinner, after which my friend took me to a jazz bar.
Then my friend took me to a jazz bar, a nice cozy music place. The band was amazing. I tried some Swedish beer, which I wasn’t a fan of, but the music and the atmosphere was definitely worth it. After the main band finished, volunteers (who brought their own instruments) got into small groups, in which they’ve never played before, and just improvised on the spot. It was really impressive. I mean, jazz bar in Stockholm? It can’t get any more awesome than that. Great looking people, great energy, teenage boys trying to pick up girls in the back of the room, random people playing jazz, some boy drawing the scene, older people just nodding their heads…it could not have gotten any better. I wish I could’ve stayed longer, but I was getting quite tired, so we left.
But I guess I’m trying to enjoy the world as much as I can before shit goes down in Korea. I honestly hope everything is all right there.
Got souvenirs for myself, family, and friends.
Please God, save the world,
Victor T. Paulsen