Monday, June 25, 2007

On jeeps, trucks, donkeys

Today is the 57th anniversary of the start of the Korean War. My dad remembers the North attacking: "They marched down quickly to the south with tanks, machine guns, riding on jeeps,
trucks, donkeys, and marching on foot."

Two days later, the (corrupt) South Korean government retreated further south from Seoul, destroying the bridge over the Han River so that the North couldn't follow—at the same time trapping millions of Seoulites, whom they had told to stay put.

Now Seoul is the third most expensive city to live in, after Moscow and London. But the Korean War hasn't ended, in more ways than one.


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