[KS] Reminder: Statement from Professors in North America Concerned about Korean Democracy
kirkdon at yahoo.com
Tue Jun 9 22:17:12 EDT 2009
Thanks to Scott Burgeon for passing on that commentary in the Korea Herald. That pretentiously overwritten statement that people are asked to sign assumes a self-righteousness that may not be altogether justified. It doesn't begin to recognize the complexity of the discussion, the existence of quite different views -- or the often violent challenge posed for months by last year's anti-U.S.-beef demonstrators to the democratic principles they claim to uphold. Nor, as the Korea Herald commentary noted, would any such omniscient statement writers, in defense of the democracy they purport to love, consider for a moment decrying North Korea's violations of human rights, much less its nuclear and missile tests and the challenge they pose to democracy.. Heaven forbid such criticism would be relevant to any nefarious doings in the people's paradise where democracy reigns above mortal criticism..
--- On Tue, 6/9/09, J.Scott Burgeson <jsburgeson at yahoo.com> wrote:
From: J.Scott Burgeson <jsburgeson at yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [KS] Reminder: Statement from Professors in North America Concerned about Korean Democracy
To: "Korean Studies Discussion List" <koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws>
Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2009, 8:53 PM
In the interest of "democracy" and "freedom of speech," a counterview on the subject of South Korea's allegedly disappearing democracy:
--J. Scott Burgeson, Chongno
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