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Hostages Return: The Big Show

September 1st, 2007 . by Gerry-Bevers

Below is a link to a YTN Video of the press conference held for the freed Korean hostages immediately after their clearance from customs at the Incheon International Airport. The press conference was staged right in front of a set of Customs Area exit doors. Speeches were prepared, hostages were forced to line up for show, and introductions were made. I doubt that any of the freed hostages wanted to be there for the government’s big show, but I guess they felt they had to repay the government in some way.

After being forced to stand at attention for the press conference, the freed hostages were taken to a hospital  for medical check-ups and treatment. Though they were forced to stand at the airport, some of the hostages were wheeled into the hospital in wheelchairs.

Was it really necessary to force the hostages to hold a press conference as soon as they arrived back in Korea? The whole staged scene left a bad taste in my mouth. If I had been one of the freed hostages, I would have just left the area and told my handlers to go screw themselves.

By the way, notice at the beginning of the video how the Korean media seemed to have free rein of the Customs Area, which is supposed to be a restricted area.

Link to the YTN Video


28 Responses to “Hostages Return: The Big Show”

  1. comment number 1 by: GarlicBreath

    This is just the beginning. I have already heard that one of the proselytizers is planning on writing a book. This whole event has been made me sick. They also lied about the purpose of their mission. Suddenly they were there to work in a hospital and not to convert muslems. What about these so-called christians lets them lie so easily.
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    Now 20 million dollars is in the hands of terrorists. I guess these so called christians don’t care much about how many people will die because of them. If they were in my church, I would find a new church.
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    cue (enter) kpuppy.

  2. comment number 2 by: MarkA

    Was it really necessary to force the hostages to hold a press conference as soon as they arrived back in Korea?

    Yes, Gerry. That’s part of the Korean public shaming process…it’s a way to save face at the national level by shaming the individuals rather than Korean society as a whole.

  3. comment number 3 by: GarlicBreath

    The ransom paid by the S Coreans will just spur more kidnappings, and deaths.
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    MarkA, they deserve a lot more shame. They are getting off easy, its only a matter of time before Coreans will blame the USA as the true cause of everything. I am sure they would blame Japan if they could.

  4. comment number 4 by: Ken

    I am anxious that this black-market dealings jeopardize the life of remaining abductee of the German.
    On the other hand unfortunately, Taliban with financial problem got enough money to buy cheap Korean cars for suicide bombing, which are easy to be torn into pieces like cluster bombs.

  5. comment number 5 by: GarlicBreath

    It looks like the proselytizers got lots of gifts from the talaban. I suspect it will spark a talaban inspired fashion craze similar to the Kim Jong Il fashion craze of 2000.

    The newly transformed Kim Jong Il charmed South
    Koreans of all ages. His trademark wide-rimmed,
    rectangular, metal glasses have become a fashion
    accessory now in favor with the middle-aged in the
    South, as have Kim Jong Il communist-style suits and
    even have Kim Jong Il shoes, complete with thick-heels
    favored by the Napoleon-sized leader

    Coreans have a very short memory when they get bitch slapped, and shit on. However if you lend them a hand, they will hate you forever.

  6. comment number 6 by: HanComplex

    $20 M in the hands of terrorists, courtesy of the South Korean government. Do they even know what they have just done? Blood is on their hands for supporting terrorism.

    “We got more than $20 million dollars from them (the Seoul government),” the commander told Reuters on condition of anonymity. “With it we will purchase arms, get our communication network renewed and buy vehicles for carrying out more suicide attacks.”

    “The money will also address to some extent the financial difficulties we have had,” he said, but did not elaborate.

    The commander is on the 10-man leadership council of the Islamist Taliban movement, which is led by the elusive Mullah Mohammad Omar.

    http://en.epochtimes.com/news/7-9-1/59291.html

  7. comment number 7 by: kjeff

    Gerry,

    I doubt that any of the freed hostages wanted to be there for the government’s big show, but I guess they felt they had to repay the government in some way. Was it really necessary to force the hostages to hold a press conference as soon as they arrived back in Korea? The whole staged scene left a bad taste in my mouth.

    I don’t know…if I were one of the hostages, I’d feel an immense gratitude to my friends, family, and the public in general for their thoughts, prayers, and what else. And off course, the government as well. I’d want to show that, DokPuNe(thanks to them), I’m alive and well. If I could do it as soon as I got off the plane, I would. Kiss the asphalt, and start my thank you speech; I’d probably thank my dogs fro missing me…

    If I had been one of the freed hostages, I would have just left the area and told my handlers to go screw themselves.

    (Kidding)I don’t know, is that an Asian thing?
    P.S. Obviously, when dealing with a large group of people, a little choreography is necessary.

  8. comment number 8 by: GarlicBreath

    Kpuppy wrote;
    I’m alive and well.

    Looks like a few of them were raped.
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    (sorry Kpuppy, I know it drives you mad that I call you that, but I just can’t resist)

  9. comment number 9 by: General Tiger

    GarlicBreath:

    They also lied about the purpose of their mission. Suddenly they were there to work in a hospital and not to convert muslems. What about these so-called christians lets them lie so easily.

    How funny you seem to know more about them than me, when I’m a former member of that church, and friends with some of the kidnapped.
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    Yes, there are those idiotic Christians that are stupid enough to go preaching, but the 샘물 church doesn’t do those types of missions. Check your facts, please.

    Now 20 million dollars is in the hands of terrorists.

    I’ll hold judgement on that issue for now, since there are too many contrasting reports on it (even if you take away the ROK government’s denial)

  10. comment number 10 by: General Tiger

    Gerry:

    Was it really necessary to force the hostages to hold a press conference as soon as they arrived back in Korea? The whole staged scene left a bad taste in my mouth.

    Given how there are idiotic Korean Christians ruining things for the rest of us, those people had to take the fall…. although I do feel that this is going to the extremes.

  11. comment number 11 by: GarlicBreath

    Tigg

    How funny you seem to know more about them than me, when I’m a former member of that church, and friends with some of the kidnapped.

    Its not funny to me, its sad. In my opinion you know nothing abut corea, other then the propiganda on its glory. That is why even the slightest negative comment gets a flurry of denials and accusations of being anti-corean.

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    Yes, there are those idiotic Christians that are stupid enough to go preaching, but the 샘물 church doesn’t do those types of missions. Check your facts, please.

    I did check my facts and I found this in about 1.2 seconds. The 샘물church does missionary work.

    The Saemmul Church ignored a Foreign Ministry warning earlier this year and sent more missionaries into the lion’s den in Afghanistan without informing their families of the dispatch. And since 23 members of the church were abducted by Taliban militants in July, the church has been busy dressing up their missionary activities as volunteer work rather than reviewing its reckless missionary activities

    here are copies of the applications.

  12. comment number 12 by: egg

    There may be probrems but I feel glad that at least the majority of the hostages were released and didn`t lose their lives.

  13. comment number 13 by: kteen

    Are you people really that stupid, or are you just pretending to be stupid in order to kick the Korean government’s ass in any/every way possible?

    Garlicbreath,
    As always, your comments that label every single korean as an ultra-nationalistic(anti-japanese and anti-american), dog(and cat)eating barbarian disgusts me.

    Something that I learned on occidentlism.org is that the number of candles on your birthday cake have nothing to do with how sensible you are. Thank you gerry bevers and thank you garlicbreath.

  14. comment number 14 by: HanComplex

    Kteen, I don’t know if you’ve read enough news on this issue, but even Canada, Germany and Afghanistan denounced the Korean government for aiding the terrorists by paying the ransom. Given that you’re in Seoul, most likely this piece of news didn’t reach you there. The Lost Nomad did a write-up on it:
    http://lostnomad.org/2007/08/31/canada-germany-and-afghanistan-all-blast-south-korea-for-their-handling-of-the-hostage-crisis/

  15. comment number 15 by: General Tiger

    GarlicBreath:

    And since 23 members of the church were abducted by Taliban militants in July, the church has been busy dressing up their missionary activities as volunteer work rather than reviewing its reckless missionary activities.

    And given that I also did “단기선교” in Uzbekistan, where I did nothing but care for the sick, it seems that people simply don’t know what is going on and trys to manipulate things to their point of view.

  16. comment number 16 by: GarlicBreath

    And given that I also did “단기선교” in Uzbekistan, where I did nothing but care for the sick, it seems that people simply don’t know what is going on and trys to manipulate things to their point of view.

    I should start calling you Saint tigg, but I am not quite ready to give you a promotion just yet. It seems to me you are not exactly an unbiased observer, as a member of that church. Also, seeing how your experience can’t be verified, and it is clearly self serving, I see no reason to put too much weight behind it.
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    Tigg, this might be another time where you need to admit you were wrong and don’t understand the facts. Just like last time, I will go easy on you.

  17. comment number 17 by: kjeff

    HanComplex,

    Kteen, I don’t know if you’ve read enough news on this issue, but even Canada, Germany and Afghanistan denounced the Korean government for aiding the terrorists by paying the ransom.

    Well, here’s my “someone else did it too.” Please remember that all of these are ‘alleged,’ and the same goes with the Korean hostages.
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    Canada(or, New Zealand?):

    Harmeet Singh Sooden said he had no evidence but “instinct” told him money had been exchanged for his release and that of his two fellow hostages. Mr Sooden, 33, a Canadian who lives in New Zealand, was freed last week after being held by militants in Baghdad. New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said her government had not paid a ransom for Mr Sooden. The activist for the Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) group was released unhurt along with fellow Canadian James Loney and Briton Norman Kember.

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    Germany,

    Susanne Osthoff, an archaeologist, was kidnapped with her driver around November 25, 2005, according to the German Foreign Ministry. They were released on December 18 after Germany allegedly paid the kidnappers $5 million dollars in ransom. It is also speculated that Germany released Mohammed Ali Hamadi in exchange for Osthoff’s release.
    Thomas Nitzschke and Rene Braeunlich, two engineers, were kidnapped by gunmen near Baiji on January 24, 2006. They appeared in four videos and their kidnappers demanded that Germany end its cooperation with the Iraqi regime, close its mission in Baghdad, ensure that all German businesses cease dealings there, and the release of all Iraqi prisoners held by US forces. On May 2, the German government announced the two had been freed. Germany allegedly paid $5 million dollars ransom in ransom for their release.

    Afghanistan,
    Hmmm… I don’t think kidnappers really expect ransom payments here, but prior to the Korean hostages situation, the Afghan governments frequently exchanged prisoners from hostages.
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    There, I did it again…unless, you can show a definite proof that the Korean government paid any ransom…
    P.S. If ransoms were paid, and the above numbers were correct, I must say that Korean government got a bargain with only $20 millions.

  18. comment number 18 by: egg

    S.Korean government took the risks in the future instead of loss of lives at present. The probrem is other countries might be forced to take the risks as well.
    But personally I can`t condemn S.Korean government for her choice. It will be quite difficult for the authority to let the hostages die. (I respect the Germans at present.)
    The experience of success and maybe the ransom have gone into the hands of the Talebans already. It is no use crying over spilt milk.
    I guess it is not so easy but, aren`t there options for S.Korea to re-send(after the withdrawal) her military forces, after confirming withdrawal of the S.Korean civilians and fight against terrorism in the front line?
    That might reduce the kidnapping risks in the futre and save the face of S.Korea.

  19. comment number 19 by: GarlicBreath

    Egg, corean soldiers are useless in Afgan and Iraq. For the most part they played video games, and sat on their asses. They are much more trouble then they are worth. Its better for them to sit on their asses in great corea.
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    It looks to me that great corea is supporting and funding terrorism and the west should re-evaluate its relationship with corea.

  20. comment number 20 by: General Tiger

    I should start calling you Saint tigg, but I am not quite ready to give you a promotion just yet. It seems to me you are not exactly an unbiased observer, as a member of that church. Also, seeing how your experience can’t be verified, and it is clearly self serving, I see no reason to put too much weight behind it.
    .
    Tigg, this might be another time where you need to admit you were wrong and don’t understand the facts. Just like last time, I will go easy on you.

    No reason to be easy on me.

    As I have said, I’m a FORMER member. I’m no longer a Christian, to be exact.

    Also, it’s funny that you’re using a extremely biased source in the first place, which twists logic to fit their view point of the world.

  21. comment number 21 by: kteen

    Hancomplex,

    Kteen, I don’t know if you’ve read enough news on this issue, but even Canada, Germany and Afghanistan denounced the Korean government for aiding the terrorists by paying the ransom.

    I’d be surprised if you know more about this incident than I do. The reasons:

    1. My father works for the ministry of foreign affairs, and this hostage incident has been delaying his(and everyone else’s) returning home from work on time for the past few weeks. And they are obviously not happy.
    2. Our government has just become the scapegoat of an incident that had been raised by the SICK and all-powerful protestant churches. I know enough to say the ones who should be denounced are the assholes who went to do their ‘volunteer work'(how convincing) and their sick and persistent church members/families.

    Garlicbreath,

    Egg, corean soldiers are useless in Afgan and Iraq. For the most part they played video games, and sat on their asses. They are much more trouble then they are worth. Its better for them to sit on their asses in great corea.
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    It looks to me that great corea is supporting and funding terrorism and the west should re-evaluate its relationship with corea.

    How well is America(this includes ‘great’britain) doing?

  22. comment number 22 by: GarlicBreath

    My father works for the ministry of foreign affairs,

    Kteen I get the feeling you are lying about who your dad is. You don’t need to lie about who your dad is. If your dad is like many corean men, he gets home late because he needs to finish off all his soju. Based on your general rudeness, lack of respect and anger, I think I am pretty close to the mark.

  23. comment number 23 by: kteen

    Garlicbreath,
    Wrong.

    Based on your general rudeness, lack of respect and anger

    Give me a reaon to be polite and respectful to someone like you.
    And anyway, what does being polite, respectful, and happy have anything to do with honesty? Learn some logic.

  24. comment number 24 by: GarlicBreath

    And anyway, what does being polite, respectful, and happy have anything to do with honesty? Learn some logic.

    Well at least you are consistant: you are not polite, not respectful, not honest and not logical. I didn’t comment on your being happy, but it sounds like you are very unhappy too. I would suggest getting a puppy, but from what I understand you eat dogs.
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    Oh and I still think you are lying abuot your dad.

  25. comment number 25 by: HanComplex

    I know enough to say the ones who should be denounced are the assholes who went to do their ‘volunteer work’(how convincing) and their sick and persistent church members/families.

    I do have to agree with you on this somewhat. That was quite idiotic and tactless of them doing missionary work in a region that is well-known to be dangerous for foreigners and especially for those who come to proselytize. I notice that it’s mostly the Protestants who are aggressive in doing this and getting into these sticky situations, not the Catholic groups. Maybe they can take a cue from the latter.
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    The Metropolitician wrote something about this awhile back. Apparently these missionaries would even lie on their visa applications and enter the country under the guise of being cultural performers doing Taekwondo demonstrations, traditional dances, and what have you. Once inside, they’d start their missionary “work” and oftentimes go about without any respect for local customs. Seriously, I wonder if they have a death wish of some sort. Haven’t they learned from that Korean who was beheaded a few years ago? Michael calls their work “Cunning Christian stunts.”
    http://metropolitician.blogs.com/scribblings_of_the_metrop/2007/07/cunning-christi.html
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    As for the Korean government’s culpability, despite their claims that they didn’t cough up a single won of ransom I don’t think anyone who has a firm grip on reality would for a second believe them. The cat’s out of the bag and everyone knows it. When you have at least three foreign governments criticizing you on how you dealt with hard-core terrorists then you know you’ve committed a serious blunder. This is obviously a facade and an attempt to save face in the international community. Unfortunately, it’s a little too late for that now.
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    More news:
    What the Afghan Hostage Crisis has Cost Korea
    http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200709/200709040022.html
    Taliban Triumph Over Korea
    http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/opinon/2007/09/137_9466.html
    An interesting snippet from the above link:

    The Korean government denied that any ransom was paid. It will take some time to know the truth of those denials; it took three years before the secret payment of $500 million to Pyongyang for the 2000 inter-Korean summit was confirmed.

  26. comment number 26 by: egg

    GarlicBreath
    You are saying that S.Korean military forces are not capable enough to bring peace and order at Afgahnistan. Even if it is true, what do you think about symbolic effect? It will clearly show S.Korea will stand against terrorism. Won`t that help international society?
    It is a issue that S.Korean people will decide, so I am not sticking to my idea though.

  27. comment number 27 by: Ken

    There is a sequel to this incident.
    The reporters who gathered to interview the hostages found another hero.
    He was deputy rep of negotiation delegation of this time and turned out to be the top of Korean secret agency.
    He received an instant press interview with delivering previously prepared letter as if writen by reporters such as “He says, It seems or It is reported.” while saying he should not receive this kind of interview.
    30 minutes after the interview, the head of delegation held an unscheduled press conference and he stressed he had taken charge but did not refer to Korean secret agency at all.
    http://www.chosunonline.com/article/20070903000036
    #What a wonderful world!#

  28. comment number 28 by: Ken

    There are more sequels to this big show.
    A pastor of the sect of the hostages seemed to have said, “300, no, 3,000 other preacher Pae (who killed by Taliban) must appear and propagate to muslims.”.
    http://japanese.joins.com/article/article.php?aid=90911&servcode=400
    The hostages requested the officer to escort to allow them to buy souveniors before immigration procedure.
    http://blog.naver.com/fawn00?Redirect=Log&logNo=100041619640
    No learn people.