Mr. Hoare provides an interesting historical perspective. However, while reunification will no doubt be difficult and fraught with conflict, I still believe that while not inevitable it is the best way to ensure long term stability in Northeast Asia. I do not sense the ROK sense of "conquest" that Mr. Hoare describes but I will defer to his expertise. Defeat of the north is always discussed in terms of the north resuming hostilities and we should expect nothing less from the military in war. If the regime collapses it will be a different story and I have confidence in the professionalism of the ROK military to conduct operations in a way that will work towards reunification. We should also recall that both northland South have put forward confederal plans for reunification and some of the concepts contained in them will be useful during the process. And for the Korean people (all of them) reunification is the right thing to do. Lastly we should not forget that both current Presidents of the ROK and US have stated that (peaceful) reunification is the end state to be sought by the alliance.