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34% of Korean Army cadets think the US is the main enemy of South Korea

Didn't the United States fight a war over 50 years ago to prevent the whole peninsula from over run by the communists? From the Korea Times-

A poll shows that 34 percent of first-year army cadets called the United States the main enemy of South Korea, a former superintendent of the Korea Military Academy (KMA) said.

Kim Choong-bae, president of the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses, disclosed a past survey of 250 KMA entrants to single out "the country's main enemy'' while serving as the military academy's superintendent in 2004.

Kim was quoted by a newspaper as saying, "While the majority ― or 34 percent ― picked the U.S., 33 percent said they regarded North Korea as the main enemy.''

He said the result was unbelievable, stressing the respondents were those who were supposed to be military officers. The KMA did not make the result public during the Roh Moo-hyun administration, which ended last February.

Kim hinted that he had been forced not to notify the public of the result, expressing uneasiness about contents of some high and middle schools textbooks.

Citing his meeting with the 250 cadet freshmen, the military expert argued that the hostile sentiment against the "ally" is due to "inappropriate'' education in schools.

GI at ROK Drop is hardly surprised by this news-

The politicization of Korean history has led directly to over half of South Korean students failing their national history exams during leftist government rule in the ROK. Now with the Korean right in control of the government they appear to be doing the same thing now by politicizing the history taught to students. With such nonsense going on in the classrooms is it any surprise why the students fail their exams and think the USA is the main enemy of the nation?
Those polled are military officers too not conscripts.(All South Korean males must do time in military) One author wrote a book that contained a scenario where North Korea eventually conquers the Korean peninsula. Sometimes I think it can really happen.

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Comments (7)

It seems I've heard this so... (Below threshold)
Ray Midge:

It seems I've heard this song for the last 20 or so years, that, for some reason, the U.S. is detested/reviled in South Korea.

Yeah, I'm familiar with Europe's long history of Anti-Americanism and brushed it off as not much more than a mixture of us being the face of socialism's enemy in the world and European's natural sour-grapism that their moment in history is in the rear-view. But South Korea?

I don't buy the notion that its somehow "rogue S. Korean textbooks" that have led to this refrain I've heard all these years. What's the real deal? Why should there be anti-american textbooks in the first place? Assuming this is all filter-down from their intelligensia, why the loathing from them in the first place?

Is this somehow the manifestation of the psychological truism that the saved will come to despise their savior? That, by our getting them on their feet, that they've got to hate the person who provided the help - made them realize themselves how far they've come, despise us for showing this to them?

Its because politicians can... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

Its because politicians can gain points being anti-American and gain few to none defending America. And constant rhetoric does eventually work. So the rhetoric has a positive feedback loop.

Meanwhile we sit idly by and offer no repercussions of our own. Other countries in our position certainly would.

We send horny young men to ... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

We send horny young men to a country, given them money to spend and allow them to interact with the local population. It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that we quickly wear out our welcome and after 50 years most of the younger generation wants to ride themselves of us. However, all they have to do is have their government tell us to leave and we are gone. Just don't expect us to rush back when NK overruns the place.

Could it be that the smart ... (Below threshold)
moseby:

Could it be that the smart ones come over here and fill our universities while the dumb ones stay behind?

I don't see how this square... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

I don't see how this squares with McCain's assessment that "it is fine" with him if the US military stays in Iraq for another 100 years or ten thousand. I don't think there is 30-40 more years of oil in the Arabic Peninsula anyway, but compared to the ritual anti-Americanism for form sake in South Korea, the hostility for American troops in the Middle East by Iraqis is genuine and deeeper, and unlikely ever to be abated.

This is what happens when y... (Below threshold)
galoob:

This is what happens when you keep luring away a lot of hot women. Lots of the local guys hate you.

Kim was quoted by a news... (Below threshold)
Herman:

Kim was quoted by a newspaper as saying, "While the majority ― or 34 percent ― picked the U.S., 33 percent said they regarded North Korea as the main enemy.''

It is incredible how much Bush has messed up our relations with hitherto friendly nations. Just like what you think would happen now that the U.S. has become a police state [see the recent post by Cassy]. All this is just one more reason that it certainly is not surprising that:

"In an informal survey of 109 professional historians conducted over a three-week period through the History News Network, 98.2 percent assessed the presidency of Mr. Bush to be a failure while 1.8 percent classified it as a success." http://hnn.us/articles/48916.html




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