Is the game worth the candle?

Things have heated up on the Korean peninsula between North and South. U.S. troops remain from a war that ended over half century ago in negotiations but not peace. In that time the South has developed a robust economy and over time a working democracy. Not the North in which hard times and even famine have ruled the land which is in the hands of a family dictatorship.The North has sunk a South Korean warship and the U.S. is pursuing a vigorous diplomacy, but what might the end point be if, as Secretary Hillary Clinton said in a stop-over in South Korea, We will stand with you in this difficult hour, and we stand with you always.http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/27/world/asia/27clinton.html?hpw

Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages.

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