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Just prior to this posting, the False Hypothesis 1 was posted on TL (With TE, TL, and TN, I can upload 3 photos per day! Kind of helps when the juice is flowin'- or when you have a backlog of photos from a recent trip! You can view it here: http://www.treklens.com/gallery/Asia/South_Korea/photo330541.htm).

The photo is of a bronze (or something else?) statue of a South Korean (larger) soldier and a North Korean (smaller) soldier embracing. This being a South Korean War Memorial located in front of the National Defense building and next to the US Yongsan garrison- smack in the middle of Seoul, the South Korean soldier still has his rifle and is in the superior position to the North Korean soldier.

Anyway, one of the things I liked about this photo (after cropping and gray-scaling on PS) is the stark contrast presented by the modern skyscrapers in the background. This is truly an ashes to riches story: During the Korean War, Korea was reduced to ashes. Now Seoul is one of the jewels of Asia. (I guess I could have cropped away the bottom middle thing, about 1/8 up.)

The False Hypothesis 2 (same as for the other photo): "War is a False Hypothesis. Indeed, we fight wars because we believe it to be the right thing to do at the time. But overwhelming cost in lives, morality, and materials suggests that it is always wrong. Indeed, they are great ethical aberrations."

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