Watching the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, it’s amazing to see how many of their slogans, “ideas” and “solutions” are a carbon copy of the leftist plans for redesigning the Western countries. Putting the economy under government control, “killing the rich” or taxing them to death, letting everybody get the same income and benefits, regardless of contribution, are all steps that will eventually destroy our society.
The concentration of economic control in the hands of the government, no matter how “progressive” it is, would create a monstrous dictatorship. That’s not just theory, it was a grim reality in many countries (including the one I grew up in).
It is frightening to think how those ignorant loons, who have no idea how the economy works, are eager to sacrifice everybody who doesn’t think like them. Every idea about changing the organization of society has been tried at one time or another and those that they offer have never worked. But that’s the trouble – people never learn from history (or try to ignore its lessons).
A good lesson could be learned from visiting Korea. That’s where in 1950 a government dedicated to equal redistribution of goods launched one of the most devastating wars in the newer history. The North Korean communists, helped by the Soviet Union and China (two countries dedicated to the same “noble” cause) tried to take over South Korea.
According to different sources, the Korean War cost the lives of 3 to 6 million people (soldiers and civilians). It was the most traumatic event in the history of South Korea. It didn’t end in peace – armistice was reached in 1953, but the danger still lurks behind the mountains north of Seoul.
Koreans don’t like to talk too much about that, but everybody knows that not far from them (Seoul is only 90 km from the border) lies that giant communist monster, which is ready to attack them.
The North and the South are divided by a strip of land (about 200 km long and 4 km wide) called Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).
Ironically, since nobody lives there the animal and plant life has flourished, with some rare species present (not to the environmentalists – you may need to start more wars to help animals).
DMZ is a tourist attraction, but the experience is grim (not unlike a visit to Auschwitz) – it’s all about past destruction and future danger.
At the spot where the tour begins there are several monuments. A giant bell is placed on a small hill, which is common when commemorating important events in Korea:
Not far from it is the monument of those who perished in the war:
A few meters from there is a monument, which is supposed to be optimistic. It symbolizes the efforts of the Koreans from the both parts of the country to unite
(although not much of that optimism survives today):
The tour starts at that point because it is the entrance of the 3rd Tunnel. There were four tunnels discovered by South Korea a few years ago, which were made by the North as a part of an invasion plan, probably in 1970’s. The tunnels are located deep under the mountains and are over a kilometre long. It is estimated that they can let 30,000 soldiers enter the South within an hour.
The information about them came from a defector from North Korea and it took them some time to discover them. Of course, nobody knows how many more tunnels there are in other places.
In the museum at site you can find more information. It is considered that the tunnels were excavated by prisoners with explosives. Every communist country has many thousands, often millions of prisoners, who are forced to do difficult and dangerous work (weight training is not one of them).
There is a tiny train that gets you to a certain point within the tunnel and from there you have to walk about 300 m to reach the first of three walls built by South Korea to make the tunnel unusable. The North Koreans must be quite short, because the ceiling is low. I banged my head several times, but was protected by the hard hat they gave me at the entrance.
Next we were taken to a spot from which you could see a relatively large North Korean town. With the help of a telescope, you could notice its only landmark –
a huge statue of Kim Il Sung (the father of the current dictator). As elsewhere in DMZ, cameras are not allowed in the area. What you see below is the building
of the border patrol (the valley, where the town is, is behind it).
The next segment of the trip was the most depressing. It was a visit to Dorasan Station, which is the railway station, closest to the North. It was supposed to connect both Koreas after their relations improved in the late 1990’s.
Everybody was so excited of the possibility to travel to the North – there are thousands of families, which have been separated by the war for decades. Tens of thousands of people donated money to build Dorasan Station. The government also built huge warehouses nearby in anticipation of the trade between the two countries.
The hopes were so high that in 2002 the Koreans brought the US President George W. Bush to visit the station.
Things didn’t turn out as expected. Kim Jong Il’s psychopathic behaviour started to create problems from the beginning. The travel was difficult to arrange and North Korea didn’t have much to export. At a resort in North Korea (a joint venture of both countries) the tourists were harassed and a few years ago a South Korean woman was shot dead there by the North’s military. They refused to give any explanation about the incident. That was the last straw, which destroyed their relations.
Today Dorasan looks like a station of a ghost town. The big waiting area is completely empty. No trains are crossing the border – the only trains that stop here bring tourists from South Korea. Nobody sells tickets, but for $5 you can buy a visa to North Korea with the warning that they can’t stamp it in your passport. (If you want to cross the border with it, the North Koreans may shoot you.)
Another grim relic from the war is a locomotive you can see not far from there. It was a part of a train destroyed by the North. The locomotive was hit by over 1000 bullets and shrapnels.
The last stop of the trip was the War Memorial. It is one of the largest military museums in the world. It consists of a very big building, surrounded by a large open area. It houses ships, tank, airplanes, vehicles and many weapons used in the war.
The memorial displays the names of the soldiers of the UN coalition (which fought the North) and died in the war.
Here are the names of the Canadian soldiers, who perished in the Korean War:
You can also see the weapons and military equipment seized from the communists during the war. The MiG-15 Fighter provided to North Korea by China and the Soviet Union:
The famous Russian tank T-34 used in World War II. At the beginning of the war, North Korea had 242 of them. Those tanks were used to launch the initial attack:
Another vehicle was the GAZ-69 Jeep provided by USSR:
Then you can see the 85 mm Anti-Aircraft Gun, M-1939, used by the North Koreans:
And these are few of the airplanes and weapons displayed outside:
The scary part is how powerful evil is. And even scarier is that the three communist countries, which started the war didn’t consider themselves evil – all they wanted was to bring South Korea into their paradise of equal wealth distribution.
In their twisted world, a “noble” goal like this was well worth a few million lives. That’s why communists can’t be trusted no matter what shapes they take and what masks they wear…
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