20 Dec '11, 4pm

The difference between North and South Korea is like day and night.

The difference between North and South Korea is like day and night.

Department of Defense /Public Domain Derek Thompson of the Atlantic describes this photo of the Korean peninsula, calling it "an astounding look at North Korea's utter failure to capitalize on the economic development that swept the world -- and not least, its neighbor -- over the last half century." Donald Rumsfield said pretty much the same thing in 2006: "If you look at a picture from the sky of the Korean Peninsula at night, South Korea is filled with lights and energy and vitality and a booming economy; North Korea is dark." People used to think that belching factory smokestacks were a sign of progress and a booming economy; now we think of them as pollution. Thompson and Rumsfield think of the bright lights of South Korea as a sign of wealth and development; It is really all waste, light going up into space instead of down where you need it. Thompson notes that North...

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