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Haha Maybe too much coffee? lol  I agree media slants stuff to get eyeballs.  Same here as in the US and all over the world.    But one thing to maybe consider is that while the missile was not even close I think maybe what the point was that NK is unreliable and so maybe if they had dialed the missile slightly to another direction (by randomness) that the missile could have hit the airplane.  A possibility?  Could NK be so inept?  Maybe?
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Also in the discussion on racism in Korea few things should be clarified.  Having fear or trying to protect (in their mind) from something they don't understand is different from racism based on hatred of a race.  Sure hatred is based on fear but not knowing and refusing is still different from refusing based on hatred and looking down.    And yet the same word is constantly used.  Also there should be some discussion about what people int he world should think about race.  In the western world and America especially believe all races are equal and all should treat each other equally which is what I subscribe to.  However in many parts of the world including Korea they do not believe this in that same way.  Does one nation or culture have the magic answer to all of humanity on Earth?  Every nation believes in showing common courtesy but many have a sense of their race as being special and not equal to others.  Does that mean western or American individuals should deride those people thinking different from them as being ignorant or stupid or racist? 
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NK Regime is bad and its people should be freed.  No argument there by anyone. But this UN finding really has no impact on this issue.  

There is too much to lose in a military conflict since a few artillery and a few missiles from NK could wipe out South Korean factories like those of Samsung and LG and Hyundai.  That would cause billions if not trillions of dollars of financial damage to not only Korea but for USA and China and Japan because the economies are so intertwined.  

So military conflict is not an option unless NK was bombing and destroying and killing massive amount of people.  NK are too smart and wont do that.  There really is nothing UN can do.  More sanctions on sanctions that don't work means it still doesn't work.  

China is now pretending to be upset about NK because they want to be the new world super power that gets respect but they have no motivation to have NK regime collapse or change.  The status quo is the best scenario for China.  

We had one chance with the uncle Jang who was killed.  If he could have assassinated Kim Jong Eun and had made a deal to save his skin for a complete overhaul of NK that could have been a chance for real change.  There were discussions with him but Kim found out and decided he had to set an example.  

Kim is fully in charge and unless he is killed on the inside there is really no chance for a change.  Perhaps some kind of commando raid to have him assassinated.  

But then you also have to wonder what does the US military and SK military establishment want.  Do they really want such a change?  Or are they motivated to keep the status quo?  How are they advising the politicians on what the options are?  Is there a commander in chief who understands the details and then has the guts and motivation for a change?  Who?
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Are you sure the lady was refused entry into the store because she is black and did not want a black person in her store?  Or did the owner have some other reason in mind?  Also when the person who visited France said foreigner is it because her English skills are not as good?  Would she say she met waygookin in France in Korean to her Korean friends?  Just wondering if some of it is lost in translation.
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Another  thing to consider, is that children aren't born - ethnically aware or racist...They're taught to be. They're not taught from "birth" that people are the same regardless of skin color. Personally? Racism confuses me. I just don't see the need for it. People are - regardless of color - nice, mean, smart, not so smart, tall, short, thin, fat..etc...yes they speak different languages, but they're not any different that someone else. To say - All - ..... are this or that is a very narrow mindset...To expose children, teens and adults to other ethnicities, it has to be done in a way that is made to be unbiased. Difficult in a culture that likes to be homogeneous. Different is not always a good thing. Same is better. But that's not the way it is every where and that's a difficult concept to teach.

I am from a state which is extremely diverse even with it's population verses it's size, and we still have issues between ethnicities...
Also, it's a matter of perspective. In teaching here, many of my kids are very surprised that Korean isn't taught in schools in America. Korea, from my point of view, and what I have observed is very self centric. (Then again, so do I think America is just as self centric) 

It seems to have this idea that world revolves around it and is larger than it is, and mind you this is from the comments of Elementary, Middle and High School kids I have taught and some of the adults I have spoken to. They don't seem completely aware of the countries around them. That is to say, that they're taught about the countries around them, but not taught the cultures of the other countries per say. That being said, it's not easy to touch on over 200 countries, languages and cultures. 

Teaching a sense of global community requires a basic re-writing of the worlds - (and I say worlds) countries, curriculum as far as how the view of being diverse is a good quality. Believing different things, is a good quality, learning acceptance, forgiveness in place of attacking each other. Sharing the wealth rather than hoarding it. 

The very root of the philosophies have to change between cultures and governments and countries. And that is a feat that I do not think that our current level of awareness is willing to relinquish and change to make the world a more globally connected place where people are treated equally regardless of skin or gender. 

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