By Mazhar Al-Shereidah
It was my first step into reading about international politics… 1950. A summer afternoon in Basrah, Iraq. I was ten years old.
To avoid the harsh sunshine, there was little light in the room and my grandfather, about ninety years old had difficulties in reading the newspaper he held in his hands, he asked me to read some specific news: The War in Korea. Truman, MacArthur, Parallel 38… the Communists in the north supported by China and the Soviet Union, and the “Free World ” helping the south in defense of freedom – terms that since that time became familiar to me, perhaps at a too early age.
It was an unfinished war no matter how high the casualties. China was drawn into the war when it felt that its integrity was being threatened. The UN sent its forces. MacArthur was relieved from his command as his strategy failed. Truman left the scene before finishing the job…
Now, almost seventy years after, it still makes front-page news. Of course, not the way as it did then – no battles are being fought. But unfortunately if no solution is found now, what might happen afterwards will affect the whole world, because it has become nuclear and with intercontinental missiles.
It is these kinds of considerations that Trump faces. Not necessarily from his choice. Perhaps Pyongyang feels that it is time to put his resolve to test… and precisely when he faces a set of formidable challenges both at home as well as on the international arena.
A fascinating moment for today’s kids to learn something about the world in which they will grow.