I was looking through the latest National Geographic the other day, when a map fell out. It wasn't an ordinary map. It was one of those picture-of-Earth-from-space maps. In particular, this one had a picture of Earth at night. I thought it was pretty cool. I could see lights shining all over the planet, bright lights.

Certain areas were more lit up than others. The northeast USA seemed to be the brightest, followed by the rest of the US, England, and Western Europe. I could see the bright spot that was Paris; I could see Madrid. I could see Moscow, Mexico City, and Los Angeles. Washington D.C., Baltimore, New York, and Boston all kind of blended together.

On the other side of the world, India and Pakistan were all lit up. Indonesia as well. The coasts of Australia and China, and Taiwan all glowed brightly. Japan was the brightest of all.

This all makes sense. You could almost relate the level of industrialization with how bright the lights were.

Then I noticed Korea. South Korea was nearly as bright as Japan while in North Korea, there was not a single light. Though there were no borders drawn on the map, I could clearly see the border between these two countries. I looked at a real map on my wall, and then back to the picture. Every bend of the border between these two countries was defined by bright lights to the south, and absolute darkness to the north.

This got me thinking. What better example of the blessings of freedom? South Korea, a relatively free republic, is like a shining star compared to the dictator-led communist north. Why? Because S. Korea allows its people to make choices regarding life, occupation, and money, while Kim-Chong il shoots people he doesn't like, tells his people how to live, and spends his countries money on nukes.

I say we sic the Special Forces on him, then send in the Peace Corps and the Red Cross, and open up the borders between North and South Korea.