How is this the US’ Fault?

I’m not sure if any of you have been following the story of the South Korean hostages in Afghanistan.  I’ve only been follwing this story fleetingly myself.  But when I read this article on many Koreans blaming the US for the hostage situation I had to roll my eyes.  Especially, “…As the hostage crisis drags on, South Koreans are increasingly questioning what they have received from the U.S. in exchange for sending soldiers to support the U.S.-led coalitions in Iraq and Afghanistan…”

Here is my reply to those South Koreans that are asking this question – You’re not under the rule of Kim Jong Il, are you?  This is largely due to the US presence in your country along your northern border with the DPRK.   South Korea  also has a reciprocity agreement with the US, by treaty, to aid us if we’re attacked (we were) and for us to aid you in the event of same.  For 45-years this was a one-way street.  South Korean troops are in Afghanistan, which has been widely recognized as the flash-point for the 9/11 attacks on America.  Why is South Korea bitching about this?  They have certainly gotten more out of this 50+ year relationship than the US has.

Back to the original hostage situation… that is also not the fault of the US.  If those South Korean private citizens were stupid enough to go to Afghanistan, then they should be willing to accept the personal liability and exposure for what happened to them.  I’m not outraged at this.  They went as Christian missionaries to a muslim country.  A country that has a population that has largely expressed its distaste for anything non-Muslim.  

At the end of the day you need to realize your people did something *incredibly* stupid and now they are paying for it.  This is not the fault of the US because your citizens went there under their own steam, on their own mission.  I’m fairly certain no US citizen or government agency forced them to go, so get over it.

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3 Responses to “How is this the US’ Fault?”

  1. Korea was under no obligation to send troops to Iraq since they have never attacked the U.S. We have no business in Iraq either. Make no mistake about it, the only reason we are getting our soldeirs killed in Iraq is to boost bushies giant Ego. As for the Korean Missionairies they are not our responsibility.
    Korea complaining we aren’t helping them enough is like France calling us ugly Americans. They would both be under Fascist or Communist regimes if we had not stepped in to help.

  2. Ed: If you notice, I singled out the mission in Afghanistan when writing the entry. There was a reason for that. So until OBL is caught and the mission in Afghanistan is over the SK’s need to quit their bitchin’. After all, we’ve stuck with them in their official war for over 50 years.

  3. Osama is Bushies dear friend. If he wasn’t he would be dead by now. the only plane allowed to fly just after 9/11 was the Bin laden family plane back to Saudi Arabia. Bushie promised the family Osama would never be harmed.
    As for South Korea, I’m sure we will abandon them just as we abandoned Taiwan. We promised them protection from china, now we are saying china is our friend and taiwan is a part of china. Made all the more cloudy because we won’t trade with cuba because they are Communists. I give up.

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