[KS] Re: Maehyang-ri
michael_choi15 at hotmail.com
Thu Jul 20 04:01:18 EDT 2000
Although it is the publisher's perogative to select which letters are
printed in their newspapers, I believe that John's question is very valid.
Koreans dislike foreigners to a harmful degree. They need to understand that
not all foreigners desire to subjugate them. Granted, Koreans suffered
invasion after invasion by foreigners for centuries. Still, the foreigners
present in Korea are human, with good or bad intentions. Koreans should also
consider the individual before dimissing their foreign guests.
Americans, especially those in the public sector (i.e., State Department,
Armed Forces, etc.) need to be more mindful of their hosts. If they desire
respect to be accorded to them, then they ought to show respect as well.
That is, they should treat all nations equally despite their level of
development. Unfortunately, the US government still maintains its Cold War
mentality that it still knows best and the whole world "be damned." (The NMD
program is a good example.) That's no way to show leadership and no way to
receive reciprocity by your global neighbors.
>From: "John Harvey" <jharvey at nuri.net>
>Reply-To: korean-studies at mailbase.ac.uk
>To: <korean-studies at mailbase.ac.uk>
>Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2000 17:14:42 +0900
> Here's another letter to Korea Herald that didn't get printed, or
>hasn't been yet, anyway:
>To the Editor:
> Let's see what happens if we apply common knowledge and common
>sense to the problem Editor-in-chief Lee Kyong-hee discusses so movingly in
>her July 17 column "For whom do they train?" about the US Air Force bombing
>range near Maehyang-ri.
> We know that there is also a ROK Air Force, whose pilots must
>surely practice the bombing and strafing skills they would need if
>hostilities broke out. Now, has anybody heard any complaints about their
>practice range? I certainly haven't. I suppose it's far enough away from
>the nearest village.
> Where is this other range? I don't know, but it's a fair guess
>that it's here, in South Korea, which means it's within a half-hour
>subsonic commute for any US jet based here. It can hardly be busy all day
>long every day, so why not just let the US jets share it?
> John Harvey
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