After being at daggers-drawn for decades, the two Koreas seem to have seen the light and are now indulging in what looks like a love-fest during the Winter Olympics. The US is not amused.
This column was supposed to be about bananas. But then recent events reminded me of another kind of fruit: blackberries. To be specific, my ancient BlackBerry phone, fondly known as the BlackoutBerry due to its inexplicable habit of crashing.
About a year ago, I announced that I was waiting for a phone call from either the Prime Minister, or the Foreign Minister of the UK, and was worried that I might miss it due to the temperamental nature of said phone.
This was because I had accurately predicted a few months before that the UK's only logical response to its population's 2016 vote to end their membership of the European Union was going to have to be a revived interest in their 'Empire Survivor's Support Group', formally known as the Commonwealth, I felt my prescience meant I had further insights to offer.
The calls never came, and I don't think it was my phone's fault.
However, as I wait, I am now expecting another set of calls; this time from the Prime Minister, and the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea (S. Korea), based on other predictions of mine that seem to be turning out to be quite accurate.
Last December, I chose to write in these pages about the Korean peninsula, or rather, the then escalation of belligerence towards the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (North Korea's) government by the US, in the tweeting form of US President Donald Trump.
The thinkers and leaders of both sides of the Korean divide may be waking up to what many leaders of a then physically divided Germany recognised In the decade leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall, in 1989: that there is a difference between having a place in a conflict, and being the place where that conflict is physically fought.
It seemed to have gradually dawned on all Germans that US strategic planning saw the central plains of Germany as the site for a war it expected to wage against the then Soviet Union, and was deploying nuclear weaponry accordingly.
Borders, being a wholly manmade creation, cannot stop radioactive blasts crossing like they can people. Germans, whether in the US-backed West Germany, or the Soviet-propped-up German Democratic Republic (aka East Germany), would be the first, and the most, to --putting it colloquially--fry.
There is a proverb/fable in my native...