Tuesday, June 9, 2009

UN Secretary General is Korean!

this might not come as a surprise to some of you, but the leader of the UN is a Korean. I have heard his name before but just realized that the bigshot is from none other than Choson. An accomplishment indeed. A milestone to S. Korea's progress in the last fifty years when at that time the UN was dictating the future of Korea without much Korean input. The question remains how much power the UN really has. Is it just a puppet of the US? Is Ban Ki-moon a figurehead that helps to feign diversity in the UN? Those questions can hold water when I read about how he is in Washington DC discussing the importance of public service while a crisis is ensuing in his home country. I am sure he would love to be involved in negotiations but will he be permitted? In the interest of this class and this post I think I am just going to leave the issue focused on the title. The General secretary of the UN is Korean! King Kojong would be proud. The Taewongun would be disgusted.

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