Trying to keep up with the world…

In college I find that I am in a knowledge little bubble. I find that I have no idea what is going on in the rest of the country, let alone the rest of the world. I am completely oblivious because it seems that everything is happening somewhere else and will not effect me. But of course that is a lie. lots of things are going to effect me.

bubbleI’m not sure if this will effect me in the future but it is happening now. Ok so next spring semester I am studying abroad in South Korea (I’m so excited! Korean Food!) but there could be trouble, I am actually not worried at all. So the Drudgereport.com had a link to this story “Koreas exchange fire near disputed sea boundary.” Now this is happening on the other side of the world, and I don’t even know if it is true. I mean you can’t believe everything on the internet, lots of it is actually not true. But I’m going to treat this story as if it were true.

 

So here’s what’s up according to the article

“SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North and South Korean warships exchanged artillery fire Thursday in disputed waters off the western coast, South Korean military officials said, in the latest sign of rising animosity between the bitter rivals in recent weeks.

Officials from the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff and Defense Ministry said a South Korean navy ship was engaged in a routine patrol near the countries’ disputed maritime boundary in the Yellow Sea when a North Korean navy ship fired two artillery shells. The shells did not hit the South Korean ship and fell in waters near it, they said.

The South Korean ship then fired several artillery rounds in waters near the North Korean ship which also did not hit it, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of office rules.

South Korea was trying to determine if the North Korean ship had attempted to hit the South Korean vessel but missed, or if the shells were not meant to hit the ship.

Both Koreas regularly conduct artillery drills in the disputed waters. The sea boundary is not clearly marked, and the area has been the scene of three bloody naval skirmishes between the rival Koreas since 1999.

North Korea has in recent weeks conducted a string of artillery drills and missile tests and has unleashed a torrent of racist and sexist rhetoric at the leaders of the U.S. and South Korea.

On Tuesday, South Korean navy ships fired warning shots to repel three North Korean warships that briefly violated the disputed sea boundary. On Wednesday, North Korea’s military vowed to retaliate.”

 

-So basically the moral of this story….Tension, there is tension. Now some people might be like “Oh my goodness, it’s not safe in South Korea at this time. What if it escalates as time goes on? I don’t think anyone should travel there.” Well those people should stop being worry worts. I’m just going to say that the last time we saw the Koreas in the news it was for the “missile” launching and army building North Korea was doing. While the rest of the world made it a big deal and thought this was an actual threat, South Korea was not even phased, not even that worried. Nobody was freaking out over there. I don’t think it is anything to be worried about. There is tension between a lot of countries. America has a lot of tension with other countries. That doen’t stop other people from coming here or me from living here.

 

The world is never going to be a totally safe place, all disputes are not going to be resolved by hugs, when you fall pillows won’t appear and soften your fall. Sometimes I wonder why so many people want world peace. It is never going to happen, if there are differences of opinion there are going to be disputes. But I realize if we all thought this way there would be wars raging all the time. there needs to be people who want world peace to balance out the people who know there will never be any.

anyway, that got super off topic. I just wanted to see what was going on in the world and that story caught my eye. Do with it what you will..

 

photo and article cited:

http://news.yahoo.com/koreas-exchange-fire-near-disputed-sea-boundary-120749771.html

http://www.fasterforeignlanguagelearning.com/blog/use-foreign-language-more.html

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