I came across the following sentence in the book, “Korean’s Place in the Sun” written by Bruce Comings, Professor in History at the University of Chicago:
Events elsewhere after the Cold War have encouraged most Koreans to think that reunion might be around the corner: so what can be said about critical issue to Korea’s destiny as a nation? It seemed to me that for all these reasons, and a short of a catastrophic war, no reunified Korea will emerge before a prolonged regional sovereignty, perhaps under one national name and one flag, perhaps for years to come.
Not only what are reasons for “for all reasons” is not explained, but I have difficulty in understanding the subsequent lines:
Can “a short of (a catastrophic war)” be used to mean “without, or except”? Do we need “a” before “short of"? Don’t we need any preposition rather than “a”?
What does “before” of “reunified Korea will emerge before a prolonged regional sovereignty” mean? Does it refer to “time” (previous to) or “place” (in front of)?
What does “no reunified Korea will emerge before a prolonged regional sovereignty” mean? If it is a sovereign state, it is a matter of course that the state has, or should have one name and one flag. Isn’t the statement followed by “perhaps under one national name ...” superfluous?
Though I trust the accomplished scholar’s writing is infallible, is the quoted statement crystal clear to all native English speakers at a glance?