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“One Last Thing| Imagine no U.S. military in Korea”

November 6th, 2006 . by Gerry-Bevers

The following article from “The Philadelphia Inquirer” caught the attention of Yonhap News here.

“One Last Thing| Imagine no U.S. military in Korea”

By the way, I believe it would be in the interests of both the US and Japan for the US to pull its miliary off the Korean Peninsula because it would give the US more freedom to pursue military options against North Korea.


15 Responses to ““One Last Thing| Imagine no U.S. military in Korea””

  1. comment number 1 by: GarlicBreath

    Great article. It was a very honest view from a clearly informed person. The author distinguished between Korean anti-Americanism and the just hating GW Bush. Koreans do hate America and Americans and its good that at least one American journalist is aware of this fact. I only wish that the Japanese press would take a close look at how much the average Korean despises her neighbor and cultural benefactor Japan. I especially like the thought of China having control over Korea.

  2. comment number 2 by: ponta

    I can see well from this article American dilemma.

    But is South Korea going to be under the hegemony of China if the US military pull out of peninsula? Yes , North Korea will be largely, if not completely, under the hegemony of China and to some extent, China will have greater influence over South Korea. But I think the US presence is still felt without the US military in South Korea.

    I believe it would be in the interests of both the US and Japan for the US to pull its military off the Korean Peninsula because it would give the US more freedom to pursue military options against North Korea.

    I know little about military but will South Korea allow the US to use the air above the peninsula in that case?


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  4. comment number 4 by: Darin

    I know little about military but will South Korea allow the US to use the air above the peninsula in that case?

    I’m also no expert, but I’m fairly certain that SK would not stand for that. However doing such would show that SK is really allied with NK, and would hopefully draw the appropriate response from the international community. Unfortunetly, with Ban going into control of the UN, the UN now is also a strong allie of NK as well.

  5. comment number 5 by: chul_soo

    hello Darin

    i agree with u that SK will not cooperate with US if US indeed attacks NK. However that doesnt mean that SK will be allie of Nk and possibly fight against US. Sk will probably won’t do anything (they will strongly protest the attack) if US attacks Nk because they do not have anything to gain and they have everything to lose. If NK attacks SK, Nk military could easily destroy seoul and rest of the Korea. we are talking about total destruction of SK with millions of death. if that happens then Korean people once again have to rebuild their country from scrap. Why would SK provoke a country that could easily destroy them?
    Japan could afford to be “tough” against NK because they know that NK military does not have the capability to bring destruction to Japan like NK could do to SK. well maybe they could do it now since they have those nukes and stuff but can NK successfuly nuke japan just like the Americans to end the WW2? i highly doubt that. but my point is that Nk have the capability to destroy Sk as a country in matter of hours and millions will suffer and die so the war against NK should be the last thing for S korean.
    Also, i doubt korean people want chinese to have hegemony in that region. korean people are already afraid of chinese military build-up and her economic size and growth.

  6. comment number 6 by: kojibomb

    oh.. found the party which is responsible for all the anti US stuff.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Imperialist_National_Democratic_Front

    i think basically… SK govt is fu*ked up…. all parties have really shitty sides to them. Noh Mu hyun’s uri party basically hates every foreign country… Park Chung Hee’s Grand National party uses military force to control the country… etcetc

  7. comment number 7 by: tomato

    i think basically… SK govt is fu*ked up

    I would basically agree…but not the f-word (just kidding!).

    Racial purism, ultranationalism, ethno-centric ideas…not good.

  8. comment number 8 by: shadkt

    I thought US was pulling most of her troops out of SK by 2012 at the latest?

  9. comment number 9 by: ponta

    Japan could afford to be “tough” against NK because they know that NK military does not have the capability to bring destruction to Japan like NK could do to SK. well maybe they could do it now since they have those nukes and stuff but can NK successfully nuke japan just like the Americans to end the WW2? i highly doubt that. but my point is that Nk have the capability to destroy Sk as a country in matter of hours and millions will suffer and die so the war against NK should be the last thing for S Korean.

    I don’t think North Korea’s conventional arms is so strong as to make the city of Seoul the sea of fire. I have read it somewhere, but anyway if South Korea is cooperative with the US, that is unlikely to happen. Thanks to American new strategy, before North Korea can do anything, its major bases will be destroyed.
    But actually I don’t think the US will attack North Korea. it is not worth attacking. The US will have to sacrifice their young men’s lives and rebuild North Korea for nothing, Besides, if I remember right, North Korea has a mutual defense treaty with China.

    The important point is that the US has an option fully available and
    make North Korea aware of it so that it may function as a strong motivation for North Korea to give up nuclear weapon . Sun Shine policy just made a rouge state more rouge.
    (As a side note, the most decisive factor for Japan’s surrender was not it was nuked but she realized that Russian would participate in the allies, in violation of the Neutrality treaty with Japan)

    Also, i doubt korean people want chinese to have hegemony in that region. korean people are already afraid of chinese military build-up and her economic size and growth.

    I hope so. I wonder why South Korea people can be anti-American when they are afraid of Chinese military build-up.

  10. comment number 10 by: tomato

    Sunshine Policy…the sun is shining, actually, as a nuclear blast that immitates the sun…

    I guess the SK people forgot that NK and SK were in a conflict not because NK was isolated from the whole world (it was not…and is not, with Soviet/Russian and Chinese support..The NK people are surely isolated, but they have no say in NK politics), but because both NK and SK see themselves as the only legitimate state of Korea. Why should SK unilaterally give this stance away? Unbelievable. Is it because they fear NK? Why should the SK fear NK with its out-classed army? Surely the SK military will prevail. If Seoul is so vulnerable, why not move the capital somewhere else? Was that such a hard thing to do? Even if the cost is great, isn’t it better than annihiliation? And certainly SK is wealthy enough to do it.

    I don’t think NK is never going to give up because SK is nice…NK will just exploit the niceness and use it to strengthen their grip on the SK people. Just see how NK is bullying SK…NK never did change. It was SK that changed.

  11. comment number 11 by: chul_soo

    i wonder the same thing ponta. i think korean people should calm down with anti-americanism. they also should calm down their anti-chinese and anti japanese feeling. afterall, china, japan and us is the 3 most important country in this planet… they should at least try to be their friend.

  12. comment number 12 by: Two Cents

    chul_soo,
    I think the current problem for Korea is that she can’t be an ally to the US and be a “faithful brother” of NK at the same time. And when you get right down to it, I don’t think you can be friends to the US, China, and Japan at the same time, either. That is why there was a previous entry on “Korea Must Choose Sides.” I believe it was about the time when the six-party talks had basically ended up on the rocks that a Japanese politician, Nishimura Shingo, spoke on TV about the six-party talks being a 2 vs 4 game. The commentator of the program responded with surprise, “but isn’t SK with the US and Japan?” and Nishimura just laughed off her innocence. If cutting ties with the US is not what the silent majority of SK wants, they better speak up now before it’s too late.

    Not taking sides may be the worst policy, by the way. Once the crisis is over, you naturally won’t be trusted by your former ally (in this case the US), and will not be taken seriously by the country you had hoped to appease (NK and maybe China) because you have shown yourself to be untrustworthy. If SK fails to take any strong position on the NK issue, then you can bet that none of the powers is going to respect her position on what to do with the region afterwards, even with Ban at the top of the UN (which is defunct anyways).

  13. comment number 13 by: GarlicBreath

    Chulsue

    i agree with u that SK will not cooperate with US if US indeed attacks NK.

    And that is why I call the NK/SK alliance the Kimche axis.

  14. comment number 14 by: treesjess

    South Korea needs allies. Who are South Korea`s allies?

    South Korea also needs to work on their image.

    South korea also needs to export it`s traditional culture to the world. Nobody knows about South Korea.

    South korea also needs to work on taking care of their environment. They litter too much.

  15. comment number 15 by: tomato

    South korea also needs to export it`s traditional culture to the world. Nobody knows about South Korea.

    Be careful, because it may be Chinese or Japanese culture in disguise!