July 27, 1953 Revisited

It is October 17, 2013. The budget battle is over. The government is once again ‘open’ for business. Barrycades are coming down in the National Mall as thousands of D.C. drones swarm back to their assigned cubicles. Nothing has changed.

Why does this all seem eerily familiar?

Long ago and far away, in a land divided, there lived a tinpot dictator. Ruling over a squalid fiefdom, he eyed the wealth of his neighbors with envy. “Surely,” he thought, “it is unfair they have so much, while my subjects have so little.”

So, the dictator sent his armies across the border where they waged a great war. They marched forward, plundering treasure and resources as they went, for the dictator had decreed a scorched earth policy. All things of value were carted back for the dictator to redistribute among those he determined as worthy of a fair share.

The armies of the dictator continued unchecked to the very walls surrounding his neighbors’ capitol before help arrived. Fresh forces came from friendly countries to drive the invaders from that besieged land. The defenders chased the retreating armies deep into the dictator’s domain, seeking to remove him from his palace.

Other despots rushed to support the dictator, lest they also fall before the foes of tyranny. The defenders of freedom withdrew to the original border. Each side declared they would not attack unless the other attacked first. The great war simply stopped where it had started. Nothing had changed.

There are many parallels that can be drawn between the Korean War and the recent Washington standoff.

Obama and the Democrats forced through ObamaCare before the power shift as TEA Party members arrived on Capitol Hill. Republicans, buoyed by TEA Party fervor, gained a harsh concession from spendthrift Democrats in form of the sequester. They were stymied in further spending and tax cuts as compliant media painted them as extremists. Both ‘wars’ lasted about three years with no clear victor or resolution.

There is one other ironic parallel. That would be the 38th, upon which both the DMZ and D.C. roughly sit.

Dennis P. O’Neil

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11 Responses to July 27, 1953 Revisited

  1. Mrs AL says:

    Oh great, Saltwater … you pick a date when I was only 5 months old. But you know what, I kind of remember this — haha

    Seriously, I appreciate your posting this. We continually need to be reminded what is possible and learn from history. The parallels are indeed kind of eerie.

    • Saltwater says:

      I was but a toddler myself at the time of the Korean Armistice.
      I never tire of learning history. There are so many valuable lessons written on the pages of our past.

  2. Kathy says:

    He stole their valuables and brought death and destruction, instead of merely implementing or copying their government and way of life in his own fiefdom. I see the similarities.

  3. Clyde says:

    Damn good post, Salty. Amazing how history repeats itself.

  4. Hardnox says:

    Excellent post. The parallels are pot on. Very clever.

    • Saltwater says:

      Thank you, ‘Nox. The post practically wrote itself as I watched the ebb and flow in battle tactics over the last three years. The current outcome was all but inevitable.

  5. bullright says:

    Very good analogy. Many people probably don’t know those circumstances. So its a double teachable moment.

    • Saltwater says:

      Thanks, bullright. That is why it is called the “forgotten” war. To fight to a draw with a fourth rate, third world tyrant was a National embarrassment. So much so, that it was barely covered when I was in school. I was fortunate enough to have a father and three uncles, WW II vets all, who had no qualms about teaching me that part of our history. They believed the lessons learned from that sordid chapter were too important to be ignored or forgotten.

  6. Mrs AL says:

    As I read through the comments I had to ask myself, given the rhetoric of the past 20 years or maybe longer, what is the working (not dictionary) definition of “war”? Haven’t answered myself yet as it would have to encompass so much.