Friday, June 24, 2011

Pororo's North Korean Connection and the Absurdity of U.S. Sanctions


News that "a new set of sanctions against the North that bans not only imports of finished goods produced there but also products made using its technology" might be applied to a "popular South Korean animated series" that was "made by North Korea-based subcontractor Samcholli General Corp. between 2002 and 2005" — Animated Penguin Could Fall Victim to U.S. Sanctions.

Now, if South Korea, whom we are supposed to be protecting and who bears the brunt of North Korean hostility, sees in "Pororo the Little Penguin" no existential threat, why does our government, half-way around the world, see the need to get involved? The only reason there is any anti-Americanism in North Korea is that they resent our meddling in Korean affairs. Why can't we just let the Koreans sort things out?

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