The Vietnam War used to be described as the longest in American history, before the involvement in Afghanistan, and the conflict remains especially costly. Over 2.7 million Americans served in uniform in Vietnam, and more than 58,000 of them were killed or reported missing. Estimates of Vietnamese deaths top one million.
President Moon takes office in a time of tension and uncertainty on both sides of the 38th Parallel.
An enormous international sigh of relief has followed the election of comparative moderate Emmanuel Macron as president of France. He has decisively defeated Marine Le Pen of the right-wing National Front.
British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle greatly raised the prestige of the lowly detective story with his fictional alter ego Sherlock Holmes. One of Holmes' most brilliant insights concerned something which was not present. In "Silver Blaze" a dog did not bark.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has probably been weakened rather than strengthened by grasping for even more power.
"I think the real failure here has been Russia's ..." That is how Secretary of State Rex Tillerson succinctly summed up the situation resulting from the use of poison gas in Syria. He was speaking on April 6 at a Florida airport, about to depart for visits to Italy and Russia.
On March 23, a funeral was held in Northern Ireland for Martin McGuinness, a top commander of the violent Irish Republican Army (IRA), who later joined the British-brokered peace process.
"His freedom to speak protects my freedom to call him a bigot. His freedom guarantees mine."
Military forces of the United States are now on the ground in Syria, a nation gripped by civil war in one of the most dangerous and violent regions in the world.
The good news is that the United States presidential campaigns and election mercifully have come to an end.