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Why America should mind its own business and let the Koreas reunite

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 September, 2018, 10:01pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 September, 2018, 10:00pm

On April 21, 1787, the Continental Congress of the United States authorised Benjamin Franklin to design the nation’s first coin, the Fugio Cent, and to inscribe his motto: “Mind Your Business”. Unfortunately, US governments since the founding of their nation have repeatedly ignored Franklin’s very wise admonition and have funded numerous military interventions, coups d’état and foreign opposition parties in their determination to have other nations’ governments serve American interests.

These policies have bankrupted the American treasury, forced the country to borrow trillions of dollars, have cost millions of lives and have irreparably damaged and disrupted the lives of millions throughout the world.

Since the second world war, the US has directly and indirectly interfered in the national affairs of both South and North Korea. The North has a per capita annual income of less than US$2,000, up to 70 per cent of its population aren’t getting enough to eat and more than 20 per cent of its gross national product goes to fund its murderous, unforgiving and enslaving military regime.

Are China and US too invested in a divided Korea to help Moon achieve peace?

South Korea has a per capita income 15 times that of the North. The peoples of both Koreas probably want to unite – as did both East and West Germany.

Unfortunately, China, the US and Japan (the former conqueror and enslaver of the Korean people) all have their own agendas to serve their particular national interests, but not those of the Korean people.

Morris Givner, Halifax, Canada