When I was a kid growing up near the beaches in China , I swam in the yellow sea. The muddy-shaded and salty-tasting water looked quite peaceful and serene during any given sunset. But today, November 28, 2010, the Yellow Sea plays host to U.S and South Korea military exercises, as tension between North and South Korea escalates.
North and South Korea ‘s conflict started during the Korea war that ended with a cease fire. The heavily guarded border between the two countries is a physical mark between democracy and dictatorship. Like a family that’s been torn apart, the separation of the two Korea ‘s torn apart families.
There was always tension between the two, but the latest events have been alarming! Earlier this year, a North Korean torpedo sank South Korea ‘s navy ship and killed 46 sailors. And just last week, North Korea attacked the small island of Yeonpyeong , killing 2 marines and 2 civilians.
The reason behind the attacks is speculated to be a strategic act for leadership change, as the ailing North Korean leader, Kim Jong Il, is passing the torch to his son, Kim Jong Un – that’s one heck of a shock factor! Whatever the reason, no one should be killed!
Though China , seemingly North Korea ‘s only ally these days, expresses displeasure with the military exercise, it should know that the free countries are already displeased with North Korea . And North Korea should definitely note the fact that actions have consequences.
The Yellow Sea has always looked peaceful and serene, but it may be where disturbing events are yet to come. Let’s hope that its peacefulness lasts, because the Yellow Sea should really be where children swim and not where opposing militaries attack each other.