Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Editorial, "HISTORIC HANDSHAKE FOR PEACE IN KOREA", in LAW ANIMATED WORLD, 15 June 2018, Vol. 14, Part 1, No. 11 issue


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History has many zigzags, blind alleys, unknown relief roads and also a few escape tunnels; truly it has some unthinkables too occasionally happen. Such is the historic handshake in the Trump-Kim Summit at Singapore recently on 12 June 2018. With all the fireworks and unpredictable plans of the buffoon-like American President (the ‘lunatic old man’ feared to ‘may even start a nuclear war’) matched equally by the hysterics of the Chairman of the Democratic Republic of Korea viz., North Korea (the ‘short and fat little rocket-man’ – curiously Trump more offended by him being called ‘old’ than ‘mad’!) threatening each other, consequently the entire world, with possible Armageddon by talking about their small and bigger nuclear buttons, it was really hard to imagine this surprisingly salutary and exhilarating development in international politics. Hope this would be an important step in establishing durable peace all over the world, shunning all invasions and genocidal aggressions by any country against any country, eventually result in withdrawal of American forces from all over the world and dismantling their military bases and hope Trump would really heed to the advice given by this editor long back to learn from the Indian heritage wisdom and view the entire world as one family (vasudhaiva kutumbakam) and be a ‘liberal gentleman’ (udaara charita) to work for peace. The four point agreement struck at Singapore between the two sides – 1. The US and the DPRK commit to establish new US-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity; 2. The US and DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula; 3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula; and 4. The US and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified – is really of great historic importance – the 2 & 3 points certainly hinting at the eventual unification of the two Koreas too [and let the regional chauvinists of Telugu States who gained/are aspiring for separation and vested powers note this particularly and get ashamed at least in their hearts] and the last very important for the families of about 6000 American soldiers died in the horrible Korean War of 1950s during which the US perpetrated genocidal destruction and untold atrocities, and that will certainly have a ‘multiplier’ effect in the American society and, hopefully, turn the warmongering majority [among the republicans and the democrats both] eventually into a peace-loving unity. Well, let us always, and at least, hope for the best. §§§        

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