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Unification soap opera

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13.02.2018
By Bernard Rowan

I'm going to write about the Unification Flag and hubbub surrounding it these days. But before I do, a few disclaimers. I'm a fan of eventual unification. The 1950-53 Korean War is an unending monstrosity. It can't prevent South Korea's continuing advance, but the grotesque division is something to live down. Second, I am thrilled for South Korea and the world the Winter Olympics is happening in PyeongChang. I've enjoyed watching from Chicago, and everything I've witnessed occurs with the usual attention to detail, welcoming atmosphere, and thorough enjoyment of competition in global friendship.

Now, I didn't know there was a unification flag until I read about it with the PyeongChang Olympics. I thought it looked nondescript. It occasionally appears at joint appearances of the North and South, often sports contests. I've read and learned a bit about it over the last few weeks. What's struck me is how it's now a symbol of the geopolitical and generational divides that surround the Korean unification issue and........

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