THE KOREA PROBLEM: This is What Democracy Looks Like

South Korea- Seoul 10 May 1990

                                                  Photo c. keith harmon snow

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THE KOREA PROBLEM: This is What Democracy Looks Like

First published: 21 March 2017

Dissident Voice: 22 March 2017

Expanded herein: 27 March 2017

Edited / clarified: 28 March 2017

By Keith Harmon Snow

Dateline: SOUTH KOREA

The United States and its allies have embarked on a dangerous path of aggression against the government of North Korea and its allies China and Russia.

As usual, the western propaganda system presents a near unified front showing how horrible and atrocious the North Korean government is purported to be, and how murderous and ruthless and amoral their intentions are purported to be, and how their military objectives and missile programs–now allegedly targeting the ‘free’ world–are out to dominate the rest of the world, starting with their deadly missiles being launched against the United States and our ally Japan.  So goes the propaganda.

Let’s look again.

The people of South Korea–a country permanently occupied by the U.S. military since 1950 with between 326,000 U.S. soldiers (during the Korean War) and closer to 30,000 annually since (with 28,500 U.S. soldiers in occupation today)–have seen massive human rights violations, repression and state terrorism.  Since the first military dictator was installed in South Korea by the United States military in 1953, the Republic of Korea (ROK) has perpetrated massive atrocities against its own citizens and against citizens in other countries.  This is a so-called “member of the international community.”

The Central Intelligence Agency under Allen Dulles launched covert operations in South Korea by 1950–utilizing South Korean police and other secret agents to serve the imperial “pro-democracy” agenda.  The ever touted claim that North Korea launched a very clear war of aggression by crossing the 38th parallel–an arbitrary line of demarcation set up after WW-II by the United States between (then) Soviet Russia and U.S./U.N./allied forces–to invade South Korea is not born out by the facts that existed on the ground in the Korean peninsula in June of 1950.  Not only are there credible reports of death squads crossing into the northern territory and committing atrocities, but the diplomatic record shows a pattern of belligerence and war-mongering on the part of the United States against the then northern ‘enemy’ that has become de rigeur for the United States all over the world since then.

THE UN-PRETTY HISTORY OF KOREA

Massive post-WW-II repression and murder (extrajudicial summary executions) by South Korean troops, with U.S. military oversight, occurred against their own people in the south, including such horrible massacres as occurred on Je Ju island 1948-1949 and were white-washed by the western propaganda and intelligence apparatus (see, e.g., the documentary film ” The Ghosts of Je Ju”).  The somewhat more well-known Koch’ang incident in February 1951 involved some 600 men and women, young and old, that were reportedly herded into a narrow valley in south Korea and mowed down with machine guns by a South Korean army unit on the loosely applied claim that they were “suspected of aiding guerrillas” — these being Korean people who resisted the overt terrorism that the Korean people (north and south) were subjected to by the southern forces and U.S. troops.

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South Korea – May 1990: A map posted in the northern zone just south of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) showing the DMZ and major dams constructed on both sides of the illegal border. Photo c. keith harmon snow

The Governor of Je Ju at the time admitted that the repression of the Island’s 300,000 residents led to the murder of as many as 60,000 Islanders,” wrote S. Brian Willson, “with another 40,000 desperately fleeing in boats to Japan. Thus, one-third of its residents were either murdered or fled during the “extermination” campaign. Nearly 40,000 homes were destroyed and 270 of 400 villages were leveled.”

U.S. troops fired on crowds, conducted mass arrests, combed the hills for suspects, and organized posses of Korean rightists, constabulary and police for mass raids (reported at the time by correspondent Mark Gwyn for the Chicago Sun: see in William Blum Killing Hope).

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South Korea — May 1990: A partially camouflaged military encampment in the northern region of South Korea a few miles south of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separates the Korean people at the 38th parallel. Photo c. keith harmon snow

Said one British scholar Jon Halliday at the time: “After all, if civilians could be mowed down in the South on suspicion of aiding (not even being) guerrillas–what about the North, where millions could reasonably be assumed to be Communists, or political militants?” (See: Killing Hope p. 51).

The U.S. military’s carpet bombing and chemical napalm bombing against the northern Koreans during the Korean War was murderous and unprecedented (though rivaled by the bombing of Dresden) and set the stage for the horrors that U.S. (and ROK) troops perpetrated on the people of Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia in the 1960’s and early 1970’s.  Some 100,000 British troops also participated in destroying and dividing the Koreas.  Entire villages were obliterated, wiped off the map, wiped off the Korean peninsula.  Some three million Koreans north of the 38th parallel were killed, with one million Korean people killed in the south and over one million Chinese deaths.

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4 thoughts on “THE KOREA PROBLEM: This is What Democracy Looks Like

  1. Back in 2001 when George Bush, both North and South Korea were vigorously pursuing the Sunshine Policy, with a goal towards eventual reunification. They were facilitating family reunification and most importantly worker exchanging – with lots of South Korean workers traveling north to work in North Korean factories. Sadly the US government decided Korean reunification wasn’t in the best interest of geopolitical interests – they feared a unified Korean would ally with China. They effectively repealed the Sunshine policy by declaring North Korea part of the axis of evil and installing a more pro-US puppet in South Korea. It’s sad how such things disappear down the old memory hole.

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    • This has been one of the longest running diplomatic mistakes in US history. There are two competing overarching interests, China and the US. The Korean Conflict was a proxy war with China and it became increasingly obvious to those in govt that continued fighting would eventually escalated to more direct conflict with China with a very uncertain outcome for the US.
      We’re not good at regime change and we should stop attempting it. Instead of Armistice, we should have admitted defeat and left the area. Sadly that doesn’t fit into the view of the neocons fantasy of US hegemony all around the world.

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  2. There is definitely a massive propaganda push currently to paint the threat of North Korea as imminent. This is at the same time as a separate propaganda campaign which demonizes Russia in every way imaginable. –Paul

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