The image, by DigitalGlobe taken on 2 April 2009 of North Korea's launch pad is no longer the same...it just truly became the launch heard round the world...as it launched at 11:30 this morning and flew over Japan, landing in the Pacific Ocean.
For a long time, the stability of Kim Jong II, has been in question. Normally, I don't blog about politics, but since this act is past ignoring...having an impact all around the world, there is the global gasp that this launch was attempted. Whether it was out of egotistical pride, a show of force, or just another attempt to belly up to an overcrowded table of nuclear armed entities.
Diplomacy from China, Russia, the United States, Japan, and many others were totally ignored. So like the rest of the world, I too, hold my breath as I hear the patrols of the day suddenly go silent. It is different now. Now I am a civilian, with a forced invitation to watch from this front row seat to see first hand how this will all play out.
Am I leaving South Korea? No. Will there be war? This is something that remains to be seen. Will there be enough cool heads that prevail over this aggressive act? If all it took was the assassination of one man to start World War I in Sarajevo, what will the untimely launch of an ill-fated rocket cause? The world is watching.
All this, while you were sleeping...yes...we are still alive.