North Korean defectors in China
After reading about the South Korean position on the repatriation of North Koreans to their homeland, I am heartened by the strong position that the South Korean ambassador to Beijing has taken. It is so much against the 1949 Geneva Convention on refugees and so inhumane.
There will be a new regime in China, younger men who may have different values. I hope that the new regime will be able to change their repressive attitude against North Koreans.
I also watched with interest the return of Kofi Annan to the United Nations to fill a diplomatic position to find a solution to the Syrian problem. I doubt very much that a diplomatic solution will be found. It is in the best interest of Syria to get rid of the Assad regime. There has been so much loss of life that it should not be in vain.
This is a response to President Lee Myung-bak's insistence on solving the problems of “comfort women,” a euphemism for sexual slaves mobilized for frontline Japanese soldiers during World War II. I would like to tell him that it has been a long time since the war. Many traumas have destroyed women's lives at the hands of the Japanese. Most of these soldiers are now deceased and it is time to move on.
I adore the sculpture of the young girl sitting in a chair in front of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul. This picture will haunt them for many generations. I believe in karma and I feel that the Japanese have been cruelly punished already, especially on March 11, 2011, in Fukushima. It is time to forgive and forget, knowing very well that bad karma is always paid up.
Korea is a beautiful country. Keep it great, move forward and please leave tragedy behind. There are fresh new battles to fight, such as the treatment of the North Koreans in China. It is a priority in the grand scheme of things.