Travel Diary: Secretary Clinton Visits Demilitarized Zone

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
July 21, 2010

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Today, Secretary Clinton visited the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), after which she issued this statement:

"This is my first visit to the DMZ, to Freedom House, to the UN Armistice Headquarters. And as we were at the Observation Post looking out at what is a thin, 3-mile separation between the North and the South, it struck me that although it may be a thin line, these two places are worlds apart.

"The Republic of Korea has made extraordinary progress. It has leaders who care about the well-being of the people. It has an economy that is growing and creating jobs and opportunities. It has a commitment to common values of democracy and freedom.

"By contrast, the North has not only stagnated in isolation, but the people of the North have suffered for so many years.

"I am grateful to the men and women from the Republic of Korea, the United States of America and the multinational force, who today are standing watch for freedom and who are in a long line of those who came before over the last six decades, who have helped to protect South Korea.

"At the same time we continue to send a message to the North. There is another way. There is a way that can benefit the people of the North.

"But until they change direction, the United States stands firmly on behalf of the people and government of the Republic of Korea, where we provide a stalwart defense along with our allies and partners."



July 22, 2010

Anne in China writes:

how cool

New Mexico, USA
July 22, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

If Lil' Kim starts a war, does that mean we get to send China a bill like we've done to BP, since they've propped up this tin horn dictator for decades while he's starved his people?

What about dismantling the Frankenstien they've created don't they realize to be in their own national interests? When the American public all by ourselves can bankrupt them with an eternal boycott of anything made in China?

The political probabilities of just that reaction occuring as a result of allowing this war to happem through a mindset that claims to appreciate stability to the point of inaction in the face of blackmailing the UN Sec. Council via North Korea's threats to go to war over a direct and unified unmistakable condemnation...well...I hope folks understand why I ask the question.

Lil' Kim seems to think he's gotten away with murder. A "great victory" indeed.

I surely hope the Chinese foreign minister will take a deep breath, because I very much doubt that all the Yuan in China would cover the bill we send them in the aftermath.

Whatever good working realationship we've both built as nations would not survive under these circumstance.

When the odds are something hovering 'round 50/50 that 'lil Kim will do something really stupid during the upcoming excercise.

I just don't want to see China make a blind mistake here and have it cost them needlessly on 'Lil Kim's account.

'cause chickens have a way of coming home to roost.


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