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Two Koreas—a puzzling study?

Good morning, Netizens...

What about those Koreans?

First we have the SR's John Stucke's piece in this morning's paper that the North Koreans are overjoyed to have the first of many ships filled with Inland-Northwest wheat arriving this week. Last year at this time, President Bush declared South Korea to be a point in the "Axis of Evil" because of their atomic energy development programs that appeared to be developing atomic weapons. That all seems to have gone away after they blew up one of their reactor cooling towers.

Then we have this picture of Roman Catholics and workers from the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions participating in a special service as part of protests against the South Korean government's policy toward U.S. beef imports in front of the Seoul City Hall in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday. Tens of thousands of South Korean auto workers went on strike Wednesday to oppose resumed U.S. beef imports and the pro-business policies of new President Lee Myung-bak, joining anti-government protests that have raged for weeks.(July 02, 2008) Associated Press. The South Koreans love us because they can export lots of things to the United States, such as electronics, which is a hot ticket item, I am told. But they don't want our beef?

So let's see here, two countries separated by a thin political line. South Korea doesn't want any more U.S. Beef imported into their country while the North Koreans, who are starving, want any of the wheat they can get. In exchange the United States trades wheat to the North Koreans who really do not like Bush and his policies, and try to sell beef to the South Korean government, who likes our government so long as we buy lots of their electronics at artificially-inflated prices using slave labor.

Does anyone make any sense out of this picture?


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