Assessing the Commentators: On North Korea and South Korea War

Speaking of recency, the North Korean forces declared an all-out war against South Korea on Saturday, August 22. Of course, Facebook commentators have their own say about this matters- even Filipinos themselves.

I decided to take a screen shot of the comments posted on the FB pages of Rappler, Inquirer.net and The Manila Bulletin pertaining to the recent issue on a Saturday night at 6 pm.

Rappler's FB post linked to its website
Rappler’s FB post linked to its website
The Manila Bulletin's FB post linked to its website
The Manila Bulletin’s FB post linked to its website
Inquirer's FB page linked to its website
Inquirer’s FB page linked to its website

Commentators have a lot of things to say, from mere jokes about the North Korean leader up to the intelligent discussions about both Koreas’ past. As for the commentators from The Manila Bulletin’s page:

Manila Bulletin comment 1
Comments on MB post (part 1)

There’s me, commenting about my philosophy about war in light of my semi-pacifist worldview. Some others criticized the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, thinking that he’s ‘abnormal.’ And there’s someone who made a jest about how the corrupt leaders are.

Manila Bulletin comment 2
Comments on MB post (part 2)

Some people blamed South Korea for choosing to broadcast. Others criticized North Korea for going to war amidst issues of famine in the country. There’s someone who lamented that the two Koreas are at war again. And someone posed the possibility of this issue being the root of the next world war.

Moving on to Rappler:

Comments on Rappler post (part 1)
Comments on Rappler post (part 1)

In this part of the discussion, someone who commented in a ‘jeje’ language stated that South Korea is no match for North Korea. However, one debunked this notion through arguments which seem sensible.

Comments on Rappler post (part 2)
Comments on Rappler post (part 2)

Someone posted a funny photo. And others just wanted them to fight.

Comments on Rappler post (part 3)
Comments on Rappler post (part 3)

Someone posted an edited photo of Kim Jong Un watching the popular Philippine TV segment on GMA 7. (AlDUB). Another one jokingly compared the NK leader to the iconic antagonist of the Dragon Ball series.

Comments on Rappler post (part 4)
Comments on Rappler post (part 4)

A commentator’s statement at the upper part of the picture is on line with my sentiments. There’s another AlDUB joke. And someone lamented about how NK’s corrupt government is aggravating the people.

Comments on Rappler post (part 5)
Comments on Rappler post (part 5)

Another commentator expressed criticism about how NK’s has always been like that since time immemorial- threatening SK, SK getting prepared, and NK eventually cancelling the threats. The last person in the discussion during that time period jokingly compared him to that DB antagonist like the other one before and called him ‘mongoloid.’ He also said that it’s not like SK will draw back in fear.

Lastly, the commentators on Inquirer::

Comments on Inquirer post (part 1)
Comments on Inquirer post (part 1)

The first person in the forum suggested peace talks instead of war, but someone doubted if the NK leader would ever dare to do that. The next comment called the NK leader ‘fatty’ and said that there will be no peace as long as that leader is still seated in his position.

Comments on Inquirer post (part 2)
Comments on Inquirer post (part 2)

There’s one who suggested that the two Korea’s must reconcile instead like the two Germany’s, but someone said that the two Germany’s only reconciled for the favor of both parties. NK and SK doesn’t want to change their rules, thus division remains among the two. Then, somebody joked about Korean food. And someone criticized the communist government of NK for not being able to feed its people adequately.

Comments on Inquirer post (part 3)
Comments on Inquirer post (part 3)

Someone feels quite thankful because North Korea is far from the Philippines because he/she stated that NoKor is more aggressive than China. The next person lamented that Inquirer is merely wasting ink on its newspapers because of this news article. The last commentator joked about borrowing missiles from NoKor so we can use them against China.

Comments on Inquirer post (part 4)
Comments on Inquirer post (part 4)

Someone stated “Let them kill each other.” But another person responded in a rather harsh manner: “Hope the first missile launched hits your house . . . so your kind stops reproducing.” However, the person defended his stance in the last three comments, stating that war is inevitable.

Comments on Inquirer post (part 5)
Comments on Inquirer post (part 5)

People have varying opinions, and discussions which show the different viewpoints and personalities of the participants are a key to know more about our society. Some of the comments may be racist and unethical in a strict sense, and some may be downright intellectual adding to the discussion some facts about the two countries’ past, but all of them are fun to read because the contrasts make them interesting.

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