After a day spent with the product of war I have found some news that fuels my hope that some future, more evolved, generation, will learn settle their differences through non-violent means.

On March 26th North Korea sank a South Korean boat, and we have not had war.

In the last Korean war, between 1950 and 1953, an estimated 1,000,000 soldiers (American, South Korean, Chinese and North Korean), and 2,000,000 civilians died.

Instead of bullets we now trade goods with China, and both countries are trying to resolve the current crisis, the US with its ally South Korea, and China with its ally North Korea, to avoid further bloodshed. 

No one can predict the final outcome, but there has been some progress in easing the tension, as the article in the New York Times, by Choe Sang-Hue linked to below states:

“North Korea expressed a desire to keep a joint industrial complex in operation, South Korean officials said on Monday, while the South indicated that it might reconsider its decision to revive psychological warfare against the North.

The two movements showed that the two Koreas were carefully weighing the option of easing their confrontation, analysts said.

Tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula have deteriorated to their worst point in years, after a South Korean warship sank on March 26 in a blast blamed on a North Korean torpedo attack.

Neither side can afford to keep building up tensions,” said Kim Yong-hyun, a North Korea specialist at Dongguk University in Seoul. “Both sides have been raising tensions the way you blow into your balloon, and now they need an excuse for each other to stop blowing so that the balloon won’t burst.”

“analysts say that neither Korea can benefit from sustained tensions. Public denouncements of the North over the sinking may help the candidates of President Lee Myung-bak’s governing party in local elections in South Korea on Wednesday, but prolonged tensions will hurt its economy, they said.

 While most South Koreans condemn the North for the sinking and support Mr. Lee’s handling of the crisis so far, many also blame his tough stance toward the North for fueling a military provocation, surveys here show.

The North Korean threat to shut down the border raised some concern in South Korea that hundreds of South Korean workers who commute to Kaesong on a typical workday might be trapped there as hostages.

But if Kaesong is closed, South Korean officials say that North Korea will suffer more than the South. About 43,000 North Koreans would lose some of the best-paid jobs available for workers in the impoverished country, and the resulting discontent could spread out of Kaesong, they argue. The complex also provides the North with $40 million in workers’ wages, most of which goes to the government.”

Sixty years ago the bullets would already be flying. 

With International trade the countries of the world are becoming more financial co-dependant.  The world stock markets are now linked to the point were a crisis in one country ripples around the global.

Democracy won’t bring an end to war, capitalism might.

Do you believe that at some point in the future peaceful negotiations will replace war?

I don’t know how long it will take, a hundred years or a thousand, but I am very confident that in a future world there will be peace.   Unfortunately I won’t live to see it.

If you don’t think this is possible do you think there will be more, or less, bloodshed?