Seeing that nothing could be done, Castro responded with a bombshell declaration: "All who want to leave Cuban may do so; the Mariel Harbor will be open." Over 12,500 left Cuba in 1700 boats for asylum in the United States. A movie, Scarface, was made in 1983, depicting the refugees' search for the American Dream.
The exodus is not something that will begin in the future; it has already begun, he said. There are now 25,000 refugees from the North living in the South. In China, there are over 50,000. In the South, many refugees find it difficult to adapt not so much because of the democratic politics or the capitalistic system but because of the unseen prejudice and coldness of the South Koreans.
A greater problem, says the columnist, is the lack of the government's commitment to pursue unification. Those who show an interest are labeled as followers of the North, an additional roadblock to unification. In conclusion, the columnist compares us--those who desire unification--to those in King David's time who were looking forward to the Messiah. We also are looking forward to the day when we will live together in peace, one Korean people on one peninsula, in one country. Are we, he asks, working together for that to happen?