This morning I was confronted with a Twitter poll about which date was the worst in American history. The choices were: the Kennedy assassination, September 11th 2001, Pearl Harbor, and January 6th of this year.
Now, I won’t say any of these days was a particularly good one. Pearl Harbor and 9/11 were especially bad. But let’s keep some perspective here; on August 24, 1814, an invading army actually burned down both the White House and the Capitol after inflicting a pitiful defeat on American defenders at the Battle of Bladensburg — and even that, while a bad day for America, wasn’t our worst.
Monday the 15th is the 20th anniversary of the North–South Joint Declaration in Korea. Reunification hasn’t been accomplished, and many outside observers believe that the government in the North is about to do something fairly radical and possibly even rash. They’ve been ramping up their public pugnacity for the past few weeks, so it’s not an unreasonable supposition.
But presuming they don’t and nothing else horrific happens over the next week, I have a prediction to make — something that will be of great interest (more…)