Daily Update: Manchester Statment

On May 22, as an Ariana Grande concert was winding down in the Manchester Arena, an explosion rocked through the foyer of the venue around 10:30 pm. The blast killed 22 people, the youngest an eight-year-old girl by the name of Saffie Rose Roussos (NY Times). Another 59 were wounded in the attack, many under the age of 16 years old. Today, our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, survivors, and their families as they just begin to cope with the senseless actions of those horrifying hours.

The attacker, a 22-year-old British native who was of Libyan descent, died in the attack. At the time of the attack, he was known to British intelligence agencies, but was not under investigation or considered a high risk (The Guardian). Following the attack, police conducted a raid on his residence to collect information vital to the counterterrorism investigation now under way (Sky News). Another was arrested following the attack (The Daily Star).[1]

The attack was widely condemned by political leaders the world over. British Prime Minister Theresa May, in a statement, called the attack “sickening” and said that “the spirit of Britain is far mightier than the sick plots of terrorists” (CBS).  The terror level in Britain has been raised to critical for the first time in almost a decade. American President Donald Trump called the attack a “horrible thing” while chastising the attacker as an “evil loser” (NBC). Korea strongly condemned the attack as well. In a statement, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Cho Jun-hyuk called the attack “barbaric” and that South Korea “cannot hide shock and anger over the many lives lost” (Yonhap).

We at The Korea Page find the attack appalling and senseless. Any life taken is the shattering of dreams, destruction of possibilities, and elimination of promise from a world in desperate need of all of those things. These feelings are compounded when the target of such asinine violence is children. We also want to express our most heartfelt appreciation for those first responders and citizens who stepped up in a time of desperation to assist strangers in their time of peril. You all are the soft hearts which make Manchester the city it is.

There is nothing that words alone can do but show solidarity to those who are experiencing their hardest times. Words, though powerful, tend to lack the comforting aspect which so many are in need of. To show solidarity with those affected by this tragedy, I implore all you readers to take a moment to reflect and send your thoughts out to Manchester tonight before you go to sleep or this morning before work or before you take a bite of lunch. Where ever we are, let’s show those who wish to harm us that they can and will not break our spirit. As humans, let’s show those who wish to break us apart, that through tragedy we grow, through tragedy we develop into more global and connected citizens. Let our actions speak louder than our words as we all work to assist, in whatever fashion we can, to show the citizens of Manchester that we hold them in our hearts, in our minds, and in our prayers.[2]

[1] I am consciously not listing the names of those involved in the attack in order to keep the focus on those who lost their lives on Monday.

[2] Instead of restarting Daily Updates tonight, I felt this to be more appropriate. Normal posting will resume tomorrow.

Site News: Shifting in Post Style for Today and Tomorrow

In light of news from the peninsula–arrest of Park and announcement of Liberty Party candidate–there will be no Daily Update tonight. Don’t fret, however. Today and tomorrow I am going to write short pieces on each story in order to cover them fully.

Site News: Tonight’s Daily Update 

It’s a few hours till Daily Update is posted, but I wanted to warn of a change in post style.  In lieu of international events–the diplomatic fallout of Kim Jong-nam assassination, North Korea’s latest missile launch, and developments regarding THAAD–tonight’s post will focus on those stories rather than a general overview of the day’s news. That is all and I look forward to writing today’s Daily Update in a few hours.

Site News: This Weeks Publishing Schedule 

I apologize for their being no daily updates this week.  In lieu of Daily Updates, I shall post two more analytical pieces this week.  One will cover North Korea’s new missile–it is mostly done, just need to get it up–and the other will cover the interesting story of Kim Jung-nam.  Also coming up is the two month late New Year’s speech analysis, though that may not be this week.  I look forward to posting these and stay informed my friends.

Also, when Daily Updates resume next week, look for the Leadership watch feature to restart.

Site News

Dear wonderful readers,

I apologize for not starting my daily updates this week.  Originally, the plan was to start them during the first full week in February and that is now long past.  This week I have been a little under the weather–Monday and Tuesday I had a fairly bad cold and have been working to recover since–so i didn’t post any updates.  In light of my failing, I will post a short blurb on Mattis’ trip to Korea earlier this week.

Also, a New Year’s Speech analysis is coming.  I have been fairly busy and unable to devote the required time to getting it done.  Again, huge apology.