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S. Korean President Championing US Wars Saw Own Siblings Killed by US Bombs

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In his autobiography, The Uncharted Path, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, writing of his youth during the American invasion of Korea, describes his tiny brother and sister being caught outdoors and wounded during a US bombing and despite all efforts slowly dying some days later.

Lee Myung-bak's continuing loyalty to America's mass-homicidal foreign policy serving the Wall Street led international community of private investors is somewhat striking. From your author's experience living in the most Confucian society in the world, the bonds of family in Korea are such that when tragedy strikes one family member it makes a lasting impression and a molding of attitudes for the rest of the family.

What happened to Lee's tiny siblings notwithstanding, "with the presidential election in South Korea just two months away, efforts are underway to lock into place a policy of [warlike] confrontation with that nation's neighbor to the north. When President Lee took office five years ago, he wasted little time in undoing the rapprochement that had been painstakingly built up during his predecessor's term. All of the leading candidates in this year's presidential race, including even Park Geun-hye of the conservative Grand National Party, hold more moderate positions on relations with North Korea than does President Lee.

Neither Lee nor U.S. President Obama are keen on  warming relations between the two Koreas and making every effort to forestall such an eventuality.  A new agreement allows South Korea to develop ballistic missiles ranging up to 800 kilometers, sufficient to cover all of North Korea and sections of China and Russia.

'If we launch a missile from the central region of the country, all of North Korean territory is under the 550-kilometer striking range,' [boasts] Major General Shin Won-sik, South Korean Ministry of National Defense.

 ... a missile is now permitted to house a warhead weighing up to two tons. ... The Lee Administration wants to move forward without delay on the deployment of the new missiles, and has asked the legislature to allocate $2.2 billion towards a long range ballistic missile program." [ Militarizing South Korea , By Gregory Elich, Global Research , October 17, 2012 click here [1]

One can imagine how many of Korea's five and six-year-olds could be killed by shrapnel from these missiles or mercifully turned instantly into dust by Lee's new missiles. It would seem that what almost every other person in the world can imagine, President Lee cannot, or will not let it bother his conscience.

By Gregory Elich continues, quoting the U.S. Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, "'it is interesting how well the system could mesh with that of the U.S. missile defense system. ... consisting of radar, U.S.-built Patriot PAC-2 missiles, and Aegis destroyers armed with sea-to-air missiles purchased from the U.S., is ideally suited for interoperability with the U.S. system.'

The Obama Administration is engaging in a major expansion of its missile system in Asia.The focus of our rhetoric is North Korea. The reality is the U.S.laying the foundations for an Asian missile ... system with Japan, South Korea and Australia.

The Lee Administration has further tied South Korea to Western military policy by its recent signing onto NATO's Partnership Cooperation Program and is a contributor" to NATO operations in Afghanistan. ...
 The U.S. will install additional Patriot PAC-3 and ATACMS surface-to-surface missiles, and is returning a chemical warfare battalion to South Korea, which is in the incipient stage of producing kamikaze drones with warheads weighing more than two tons.

The Obama Administration has steadfastly eschewed any talks with North Korea, and appears bent on a policy of further isolating that nation and raising tensions higher. President Lee, similarly averse to dialogue, wants to present his successor in office with a fait accompli,  ...  exposing it to the risk of being drawn into any conflict that may arise between the U.S. and China or Russia.

Much depends on the extent that the next South Korean president is willing or able to undo the damage of these recent moves, and to instead focus on dialogue with North Korea and pursue an independent policy that puts the Korean people first."

This archival research peoples historian knows a lot of America's consistent business oriented, horrifically violent and deviously media presented wars, military interventions and covert overthrows in smaller vulnerable nations. Mr. Lee Myung-bak surely knows at least the history of deadly US crimes against the people of his nation.

Educated Koreans know that President Theodore Roosevelt closed all commercial and diplomatic relations with Koreans and dealt all matters through the Japanese military government of occupied Korea. They know President Wilson officially recognized Korea as Japanese Territory and this business collaboration between the US and Japanese Empires lasted through Franklin Delano Roosevelt's administrations for a total of nearly forty years. Forty years of brutal treatment by the Japanese. Thank you America.

Koreans know the US defeated Japan in 1945 in World War II outside of Korea, and by the time Americans and the Soviets arrived to replace the Japanese occupation, Koreans had already set up, through workers and farmers and anti Japanese groups, arrangements for democratic self-rule. The US and Soviet Union, without asking Korean elders, illegally, and against all ethics and moral standards, divided Korea. Thanks again.

 In the years previous to troops from the North reunifying the peninsula in five short weeks, around 200,000 communist, socialists, union members and others demanding democracy, often enough along with their women folk and children were massacred in the South, as recently documented at hundreds of sites uncovered all over South Korea by an official South Korean Congress created Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Cheju Island, where your truly spent his honeymoon, was the site of the massacre of 30,000 (minimum, by UN statistics) men women and children two years before the the North invaded the South by South Korean police and special forces.

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