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Korea to withdraw from Iraq

June 28th, 2007 . by Matt

The Korean forces in Iraq are set to withdraw and return to Korea.

South Korea’s Defence Ministry on Thursday submitted a plan to parliament for the complete pullout of its troops from Iraq, ending what once had been the third-largest deployment of foreign troops in that country.

The ministry said in a statement it expected to make a decision by September on when to withdraw its soldiers.

South Korea had earlier said it planned to end its troop deployment in Iraq when parliament’s approval expires at the end of the year.

The presence of Korean soldiers in Iraq in a non-combat role was largely symbolic support for an ally. In this sense Korea has fulfilled whatever obligations it has in regards to the alliance with the US, and withdrawal from the Iraq disaster is a good idea.


107 Responses to “Korea to withdraw from Iraq”

  1. comment number 1 by: Ken

    Egg,
    I have got feeling I am talking with Koreans and idealism argument only irritates each other.
    Let’s stop argument and pardon me for not replying here even if you ask further.

  2. comment number 2 by: egg

    Ken
    Though it is a sad ending, thanks for having taken the effort to talk with me for quite a while. I appreciate you much.

  3. comment number 3 by: kjeff

    Ken,

    Who?? If I call myself an Economist, you believe my analysis, don’t you?
    Do you think major or honest economists are paying attention to Korean economy now?
    Is there anything which can be supplied only by Korea? I am sorry but I must say ‘Nothing’.

    The Economist is the leading non-strictly-academic economics publication. The analysis is not mine; it’s theirs. I thought, at least, you are familiar with the magazine.

    A seminar by a famous economics scholar was held in Boston last year and a Q&A was handed down as follows.
    “A Japanese student asked, “If Japan disappeared, what would happen?”. The scholar answered, “It would take some decades to restructure the international economy without Japan.” Then, a Singaporean student asked, “If Korea disappeared, what would happen?” The scholar answered, “It would take a few days to notice it and if it was on week-end, it might take 5 days.”

    First of all, I think it’s foolish to compare the impact of the second largest economy to the eleventh. Population-size alone, South Korea is only a fraction of Japan’s. Second, if indeed your anecdote did take place, I’d say no serious scholar would give such an answer, so…I’m not really sure how to respond, get your money back. But, maybe, it’s all just a made-up, and you were just trying to make a point.

    Such unstable persons who call themselves Economists are easily bribed into deceiving amateur persons to invest even with borrowing money just like current Korea.
    On the other hand, I quoted statistics of stock market, the comment by president of your bank, your minister and UN, the questionnaire result out of your people. Much more reliable.

    Hmmm…a collection of your cherry-pick articles, or articles from The Economist and Bloomberg?

    Instead, you may exhibit Hangul data as far as it is reliable unlike an Economist’s one.

    I really don’t see why I can’t use The Economist’s articles/data. I think most in the field would respect, if not concur with, their analysis on economics issues.

    By the way, I have not got your reply to following question yet. ‘If you say so, how can you criticize Japan though you are not interested in her?’ ‘I meant your people by ‘you’.’

    I’m not ‘them’. First, I can’t possibly know whether they’re interested in Japan or not, and second, I certainly don’t know their motives for criticising Japan. BTW, how about yours? I think asked this before and you still haven’t answered it.
    Ken,
    Use Google news search engine(or, yahoo) and insert the words “Korean economy,” and you’ll easily see that your views are that of minute minorities. You don’t have to believe me, read and judge for yourself. BTW, may I ask what your field of study was/is? I think it’s only polite if I start with mine. A long, long time ago, I majored in Economics in a school with a decent Economics department. Not every Korean go to Ivy League schools I guess, although mine could boast an ex(some say the best) Fed Chairman as a senpai, and a current one as a former professor.

  4. comment number 4 by: Ken

    Kjeff,
    “The analysis is not mine; it’s theirs.”
    It is the 1st point. Where is your original analysis and opinion based on the datum?
    It is you who said, “Don’t believe everything you read,”, isn’t it?
    Do you tell the economist’s comment at second hand as it is?
    “I think it’s foolish to compare the impact of the second largest economy to the eleventh.”
    You have a typical character of Koreans who are good at catching others in their own words, don’t you?
    Question; Find the main subject in following paragraphs and comment on it.
    ‘Is there anything which can be supplied only by Korea? I am sorry but I must say ‘Nothing’.
    A seminar by a famous economics scholar was held in Boston last year and a Q&A was handed down as follows.
    “A Japanese student asked, “If Japan disappeared, what would happen?”. The scholar answered, “It would take some decades to restructure the international economy without Japan.” Then, a Singaporean student asked, “If Korea disappeared, what would happen?” The scholar answered, “It would take a few days to notice it and if it was on week-end, it might take 5 days.”’
    “The Economist and Bloomberg?”
    Do you think the company will bear the responsibility of the article at all?
    Moreover, you think such claptrap comment is more reliable than the comments by your financial minister, president of your bank and UN surely, don’t you?
    “First, I can’t possibly know whether they’re interested in Japan or not, and second, I certainly don’t know their motives for criticising Japan.”
    Try each guy who criticize Japan whether he/she is interested in her or not and you get it.
    “BTW, how about yours? I think asked this before and you still haven’t answered it.”
    I must have answered already and you have vast backlog of homework but do you want to challenge?
    “you’ll easily see that your views are that of minute minorities.”
    Again, economists know on which side their bred is buttered but UN etc. comments disinterestedly.
    “BTW, may I ask what your field of study was/is?”
    My major was law so that do not ask about it.
    “I majored in Economics in a school with a decent Economics department. Not every Korean go to Ivy League schools I guess, although mine could boast an ex(some say the best) Fed Chairman as a senpai, and a current one as a former professor.”
    Rather, you are typical Korean though blood of Java prehistoric man is mixed, aren’t you?
    Almost only Koreans boast of own graduate school.
    What is important is not which school he/she graduates but how much he/she studies even in not decent school.
    All the worse, it is as if proving the person is dell-headed if he/she could not become a decent person though he/she graduated a decent school.
    Miss Korea said, “I graduated Seoul University, the best one in Korea.” in miss universe contest of this year repeatedly and it impressed judges bad, didn’t she?

  5. comment number 5 by: kjeff

    Ken,

    It is the 1st point. Where is your original analysis and opinion based on the datum?

    My opinion was clear and simple, your worries ‘for’ the Korean economy is unfounded. The articles were used to support the notion.

    It is you who said, “Don’t believe everything you read,”, isn’t it?
    Do you tell the economist’s comment at second hand as it is?

    I also said, read a lot and judge for yourself. As I mentioned, I chose the said articles to ‘represent’ what I feel were the majority sentiments.

    You have a typical character of Koreans who are good at catching others in their own words, don’t you?
    Question; Find the main subject in following paragraphs and comment on it.
    ‘Is there anything which can be supplied only by Korea? I am sorry but I must say ‘Nothing’.
    A seminar by a famous economics scholar was held in Boston last year and a Q&A was handed down as follows.
    “A Japanese student asked, “If Japan disappeared, what would happen?”. The scholar answered, “It would take some decades to restructure the international economy without Japan.” Then, a Singaporean student asked, “If Korea disappeared, what would happen?” The scholar answered, “It would take a few days to notice it and if it was on week-end, it might take 5 days.”’

    I’m curious, who is this “famous scholar?” I think any scholar worth his/her salt wouldn’t have framed his/her opinion in such a careless manner, regardless the validity of the claim. Having said that, humanity, and economy as her extension, has the amazing ability to cope. Your “only” question is amusing because not unlike Korea, Japan is also replaceable. Their strengths are their competitiveness and comparative advantages; if they were not there, someone else will pick up the slack, i.e. we’ll be driving more Ford. The world economy without Saudi Arabia, now, that’s a different question.

    Do you think the company will bear the responsibility of the article at all?

    They’re specialized publications, economics and finance are really their bread and butter. In global ‘trustworthiness’ scale, the articles that you linked are not in the same league.

    Try each guy who criticize Japan whether he/she is interested in her or not and you get it.

    And why and why should I?

    Again, economists know on which side their bred is buttered but UN etc. comments disinterestedly.

    You do know what The Economist and Bloomberg are, right?

    Rather, you are typical Korean though blood of Java prehistoric man is mixed, aren’t you?

    Earlier, I attributed this to your sense of humor, but I’m starting to get the feeling that it runs a little more twisted than that. I really hope I’m wrong. BTW, I grew up but a few km from where they found homo soloensis. In case you don’t know, it’s a advanced subspecies of homo erectus(found a few km farther), long thought to be beginning of bipedal man(we as we know it), hence the name “upright man.” So if you meant that as an insult, next time you stand upright, think about whom you owe your posture to.

    Almost only Koreans boast of own graduate school.
    What is important is not which school he/she graduates but how much he/she studies even in not decent school.
    All the worse, it is as if proving the person is dell-headed if he/she could not become a decent person though he/she graduated a decent school.
    Miss Korea said, “I graduated Seoul University, the best one in Korea.” in miss universe contest of this year repeatedly and it impressed judges bad, didn’t she?

    Ken, for future reference, when you don’t feel comfortable answering a question, keep your answer short, concise, and to the point. More often than not, the questioner is not really interested in what he/she is asking, and just looking for “buttons” to push. The more you elaborate, the more you give out. The more he/she knows… well, I’ll give you an example…can I assume that you’re not proud of your school? Now, think hard before you answer this, or best yet, don’t answer it at all.

  6. comment number 6 by: GarlicBreath

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  7. comment number 7 by: Ken

    Kjeff,
    “My opinion”?
    Where is your original analysis and opinion on earth?
    Don’t you understand the main subject unless asked repeatedly? Or not even if asked repeatedly?
    Again, do you tell the economist’s comment at second hand as it is?
    “Your “only” question is amusing because not unlike Korea, Japan is also replaceable. Their strengths are their competitiveness and comparative advantages; if they were not there, someone else will pick up the slack, i.e. we’ll be driving more Ford. The world economy without Saudi Arabia,”
    Point(s) : 0 ; Stay back in the same grade
    Re-examination; Find the main subject in following paragraphs and comment on it.
    ‘Is there anything which can be supplied only by Korea? I am sorry but I must say ‘Nothing’.
    A seminar by a famous economics scholar was held in Boston last year and a Q&A was handed down as follows.
    ’A Japanese student asked, “If Japan disappeared, what would happen?”. The scholar answered, “It would take some decades to restructure the international economy without Japan.” Then, a Singaporean student asked, “If Korea disappeared, what would happen?” The scholar answered, “It would take a few days to notice it and if it was on week-end, it might take 5 days.”’
    “They’re specialized publications, economics and finance are really their bread and butter. In global ‘trustworthiness’ scale, the articles that you linked are not in the same league.”
    Again, you think such claptrap comment is more reliable than the comments by your financial minister, president of your bank and UN surely, don’t you?
    “And why and why should I?”
    Because you are one of their Axis of Korea patriots who I do not understand.
    “You do know what The Economist and Bloomberg are, right?”
    So what? Are you living up to The Economist and Bloomberg?
    “So if you meant that as an insult, next time you stand upright, think about whom you owe your posture to.”
    You really take neither real intention nor wit, do you?
    “when you don’t feel comfortable answering a question,”
    It is typical Korean thinking that one shoul feel uncomfortable when boasted of graduate school.
    “keep your answer short, concise, and to the point.”
    These words fit your wordy and point-evading answers completely.
    “can I assume that you’re not proud of your school?”
    I just say for your future ‘Still waters run deep.’. Do you understand? Probably not by Korean understanding.