This past weekend marked the 60th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended the fighting in the Korean War. The two sides are still technically in a state of war.
Over 36,000 Americans died in the war; over 100,000 were wounded, and nearly 8,000 were missing in action.
Sixty years later, South Korea has a booming economy, a world-class electronics and automobile industry, and growth that rivals other nations in both capital and income. North Korea is a brutal dictatorship under the heel of a cult of personality, plagued by famine and hopelessness and determined to build nuclear weapons to threaten the region because they can. In other words, they’re no better off than they were 60 years ago.
And were it not for a TV sitcom based on a 1970 film by Robert Altman, very few Americans would have remembered or even known about the war that lasted over three years and killed over 2 million people overall.