Alive - - Editorial -

Great good things hap­pen un­ex­pect­edly in the world. Im­me­di­ately af­ter the end of World War II, the cold war be­tween the United States of Amer­ica (USA) and the Union of Soviet So­cial­ist Republics (USSR) be­gan. The world was di­vided into two war­ring camps – the demo­cratic coun­tries un­der the lead­er­ship of the USA and the Com­mu­nist coun­tries led by the USSR. The Cold war be­came more hor­ren­dous than any wars seen by the world be­cause of the dis­cov­ery and in­clu­sion of nu­clear weapons on both sides. A stage reached when the cold war con­tes­tants had enough nukes to de­stroy the world sev­eral times if the war turned hot.

How­ever, the mu­tual as­sured de­struc­tion (MAD) race of nu­clear ar­ma­ments did not re­sult in a hot war. One of the con­tes­tants, USSR crum­bled by its in­ter­nal con­tra­dic­tion. Rus­sia and other con­stituents of the union dis­in­te­grated to in­de­pen­dent coun­tries and took the cap­i­tal­ist path.

Af­ter a long time of cold war and USSR dis­in­te­gra­tion, the rem­nant of the Com­mu­nist em­pire in the world is now North Korea. When the World War II ended the Korean penin­sula was di­vided – the North sup­ported by China and the South pa­tron­ized by the USA – on the 38th par­al­lel line of the globe. Ever since, the an­i­mos­ity con­tin­ued be­tween the two Koreas. South Korea on the cap­i­tal­ist path pros­pered in­dus­tri­ally and has be­come one of the rich­est coun­tries in the world. North Korea stuck to fun­da­men­tal com­mu­nism while its bene­fac­tors the Soviet Union died and China be­came Com­mu­nist only in name but mov­ing along cap­i­tal­ist path. But North Korea un­der dic­ta­to­rial com­mu­nist rule went on an ar­ma­ment race to pro­tect it­self. It be­came a nu­clear power and tests proved it had ac­quired mis­siles with nu­clear war­heads ca­pa­ble of strik­ing tar­gets many thou­sands of miles away.

The US could not tol­er­ate an­other bel­liger­ent nu­clear power, so have been threat­en­ing to de­stroy North Korea. But it was also afraid of smaller North Korea as it could cause un­ac­cept­able dam­age by its nu­clear weapons.

The im­passe sud­denly ended when North Korea re­lented and started be­friend­ing its South­ern coun­ter­part.

The lead­ers of the North and the South Koreas – Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in and supreme leader Kim Jong Un – met and em­braced to end the cold war and agreed to es­tab­lish per­ma­nent and solid peace.

What more USA want? Even the bel­li­cose US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump had to agree for a sum­mit with North Korea's Kim Jong in Sin­ga­pore on 12th this month. So the last ves­tiges com­mu­nist regime is com­ing to an end in the world.

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