In his comments yesterday, Lee Myung-bak said the South Korean economy must grow more to prepare for reunification. When you combine this statement with the assertion that America has failed to mobilize the necessary policies for reunification, perhaps South Korea is telling us that we must do something to make their economy grow more before they will finally put an end to the North Korean regime.
The Korea Times said that our policy towards North Korea should be based on facts, not rumors.
“The administrations both in the U.S. and South Korea have failed in this thus far,” said the Korea Times.
The newspaper also criticized Lee for making a series of incorrect assumptions.
“Nothing is more dangerous than making important decisions based on wrong assumptions,” said the newspaper.
As for what those assumptions were, according to the newspaper, Lee Myung-bak assumed that if the people of the North knew how much better life would be in a reunified Korea, they would chose to get rid of the current, despotic regime. Lee believed that might soon happen, as many people in the North had begun to realize that the people living in the South enjoyed a much better life than they did. According to the Korea Times, this approach to reunification was similar to the approach Reagan used to trigger the collapse of the Soviet Union.
It’s hard to say why the Korea Times disagreed with this approach. Perhaps they didn’t like the “psychological warfare” aspect of the plan. Perhaps they didn’t want the truth revealed either, at least not if the truth included the part about how Japan has contributed to their rise. Perhaps they would rather have their fellow Koreans live in poverty than have the world know about the contributions Japan made to the rise of South Korea. If so, then Westerners are not the only ones who can be trash.
In INDB, I wrote the following.
YAPPARI!!! THE KOREA TIMES IS AN APPEASER!!! WE CAN BY NO MEANS ALLOW KIM JONG-IL TO CALL FOR BRINKSMANSHIP DIPLOMACY AND WE CAN NEVER COMPROMISE ON THE ABDUCTION ISSUE!!!