Tension in the Koreas: That Sinking Feeling

Lee Jae-Won / Reuters

Remembrance Notes of sympathy for the Cheonan dead

After the South Korean government presented evidence that one of its naval vessels had been torpedoed by the North Koreans on March 26, with the loss of 46 lives, I sent an e-mail to a friend in Seoul. In it, I half-jokingly wondered whether U.S. and South Korean military planners had anything filed under "lightning strike to decapitate the regime in Pyongyang." My friend's response was unhesitating: "But no one here feels threatened by North Korea."

A good portion of the South Korean population exists in a state of near unshakable denial....

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