It began on March 17th, or 3/17, and ended with a dinner meeting between Kim Jong-il and Bill Clinton that was reported by KCNA to have lasted three hours and 17 minutes. But for me, the more intriguing coincidence to ponder on this first-year anniversary of Laura Ling, Euna Lee and Mitchell Koss‘ ill-fated expedition to the frozen Tumen River is the fact that it was on this same date a year earlier, in 2008, that Elliot Spitzer resigned as Governor of New York.
At the time, I wrote a humorous treatise about Spitzer‘s downfall that borrowed from the structure of a Dr. Seuss work. But it was a bittersweet missive, as I also felt that one of the brightest political lights on the east coast had been done in by his own recklessness. Thinking about Ling on this day, I am struck again by a similar feeling.
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