|North Korean Rocket via Source|
According to Pyongyang, this rocket will be carrying a peaceful weather satellite and is part of the development of a peaceful space program. In the opinion of many other countries (like, all of them), though, this rocket launch is a violation of about a kazillion treaties and nuclear accords, and just so happens to be exactly the same kind of rocket that would also be used to carry a long-range ballistic missile. Coincidence? MsCaroline would like to think so, but she doubts it.
Virtually all of the governments of the developed world think this rocket-launching thing is a bad idea and have told North Korea not to do it Or Else. Japan, China, and South Korea have already stated that they'll shoot the rocket down if it enters their airspace (note to readers: since we live directly under South Korea's airspace, this aspect commands a certain amount of our attention, as you would imagine.) North Korea's response to this has mostly been (fingers in ears) "Lalalalala, I can't hear you" and also "How silly you are to fear our friendly rockets of peace." In fact, just to reassure the rest of the world of their peaceful intentions, the traditionally-super-secretive North Korean regime has even invited foreign journalists(!) to be on hand to observe just how peaceful this rocket launch will be, but that doesn't seem to have stemmed the tide of stern rhetoric being issued by Foreign Secretaries across the globe.
And so, here we are in Seoul, less than an hour's drive from the North Korean border, a mere 200 or so kilometers away from Pyeongyang, way too close for comfort to an angry rogue state with a chip on its shoulder and nuclear capability. As I've said in previous posts, most of the time we don't think about it too much - until a situation like this arises. Then, all of those scary thoughts that most of us keep locked up in the back of our subconscious basements start hammering at the door and poking their undead hands through the cracks like zombies in a horror film.
With all this talk of rockets, and nuclear missiles, and potential threats and international sanctions flying thick and fast through the airwaves, it would be easy to worry, fret, stew, and obsess about all the 'what ifs.' And maybe I will feel that way at some point.
But not today.
Today, I'm hopeful. Optimistic. Full of faith that things will unfold in the way they should.