Conservative Korean Netizen Reaction to Rise in US Army Crime

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A recent spat of high-profile crimes by the American servicemen/women in Seoul came just as the military tension across the Korean peninsula sharply intensified. With the limited scope of juridical action on the part of South Korean authority as defined by the U.S.–South Korea Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), the issue of the crimes committed by the US servicemen/women has always proven a sensitive subject for both South Korea and the US. However, with the recent conservative turn on the Korean cyberspace, the online reaction proved more moderate and constrained.

From Yonhap News:

‘Full cooperation with the ROK law enforcement’, Restriction imposed on alcohol consumption and overnight until further notice

The US 8th Army announced that ‘[P]ending the outcome of a Korean Police investigation and actions by the Ministry of Justice, any Soldier convicted of a crime will be considered for additional command action, to include separation from the United States Army’, emphasizing that the ‘Eighth Army absolutely does not condone and will not tolerate misconduct.’ The statement make clear that the USKF is doing everything it can to ‘fully cooperate with local law enforcement officials.’

The 8th Army explained that in order to prevent any further incident the punitive measures including ‘suspension of alcohol consumption, termination of all three and four day weekend passes’ and further looking into ‘immediate accountability of all personnel, execution of personal conduct training, review and identification of service members who do not meet Army conduct standards, and leadership seminars that will focus on Army Values, Soldier responsibilities and cultural awareness and respect.’

The statement concluded that ‘The ROK-U.S. Alliance is the strongest in the world and the actions of a few will not undo over 60-years of collaboration and mutual respect.’

The full statement from the 8th Army could be accessed here or through Marmot’s Hole.

Comments from Ilbe:

상상플러스2:

But then if they impose teetotal policy across the entire USKF,,, the merchants in Itaewon [foreigner, mainly American district of Seoul] would suffer a lot, ke ke ke ke

9000억:

Not that I buy white supremacism or something, but I want to be born as a white American if I am reincarnated. Then I want to be a 100% white American officer who would go on to make it all the way to the rank of general.

한방에가자:

I heard it was easy to join…. but now it’s not so easy… Once you are enlisted, (after the boot-camp) citizenship will be given and oath taken… followed by the military oath. Why, because of the law that limits the military service to the citizens…. I remember there were Naver information sites for entering the US military… Many of them are just seeking to obtain the citizenship but there are also many reservists who genuinely look up to the American military…. I heard the age restriction was relaxed but now tightened.. I will post the URL soon….

나이트스토커:

I heard if you are one of the black people or illegal aliens who haven’t been educated well, the only way you could make something of yourself is to join the military. Those fellas are ignorant but the military and welfare system are well-structured so their military works efficiently.

빨갱이소굴광주:

It’s cool. Actually US soldiers got all muscle no brain, so it’s good for the US if they dump useless ones, too. Unlike the Air-Force pilots who cost millions, those troublemakers are just regular trash.

디트리히:

When I was in the US military, there was a guy with attempted murder under his belt. So many ex-cons in the US military.

일에한번일베접속:

I want to join the Cheon-jo [US] country’s military rather than fucking Korean military. I have been thinking about this for a while. [a line from the suicide note of ex-Pres. Roh Moo-hyun.]

씨앗상회:

Dishonorable discharge is fatal only for officers. Those southern white-trash on four-year tour of duty would be laughing it off.

조국을위하여:

If dishonorably discharged, finding any job will be a challenge, so he is fucked. Destined to deliver pizza for the rest of his life with Peter Parker.

boborori:

Can I enlist in the US military even if I don’t speak the language? I want to become a US soldier and get the citizenship, but all I know is ‘Gibu me chocoret’ and ‘What the fuck’, but can I still communicate with black people?

Cum발사:

Living in the US, I noticed soldiers here are freaking nice. But for some strange reason, many of them in Korea are totally fucked-up ones. Aren’t there anyone else from the States? They would understand what I’m saying.

드립제왕:

Hey, Korea must be strong for real now. It would have been just brushed under the carpet quietly in the past but now such cases are firmly dealt with. Our Dear MB’s awesome work on raising our national strength, duh duh.

머리아프노!!:

Dishonorable discharge?.. What?.. It’s bad right? I hope they’d show some impact here… Even if they are American soldiers, their asses should be whooped seriously….

일베충바퀴벌레들:

Getting dishonorably discharged for playing with a BB gun seems too harsh, no? If he were Korean, it would have been a slap on the wrist.

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  • the other guy

    I don’t think conservative netizens would like them to leave, at least not now with all the tensions with NK and such.

  • One for all

    “I heard if you are one of the black people or illegal aliens who haven’t been educated well, the only way you could make something of yourself is to join the military. Those fellas are ignorant but the military and welfare system are well-structured so their military works efficiently.”

    LMFAO! Who’s the ignoramus here? The ‘black people or illegal aliens’ are here risking their lives so you can continue with your idiocy. I guess all the black Americans living and working in Korea are/were soldiers *sigh*

    On the other hand, I see the neitzens are somewhat tame this time…..amazing what effect a fat man with fake nukes can have! Suck up to the US…..next thing you know, they’ll start saying how they’ve always loved the US and how much they value the US-ROK alliance

    • chucky3176

      “On the other hand, I see the neitzens are somewhat tame this time….”

      Look at the site where it’s being translated from. It’s Ilbe, not Naver.

      • chucky3176

        Plus, the stigma and stereotype of racial and low income makeup of American military demographics are held by Americans themselves too.
        That Korean commentator is just repeating what he heard from Americans themselves. But contrary to the stereotypes of US military, the White Americans are over-represented in the military, while Blacks are under-represented. This is true if you look at the percentage of racial groups make up of America. By comparing racial make up percentage of the US with the number of soldiers in the US military by race, we can see the US military is overwhelmingly White, followed by Black, then Hispanic, and Asians trailing behind.

    • Sillian

      You don’t seem to understand korean politics and how netizens are polarized.

  • “I heard if you are one of the black people or illegal aliens who haven’t been educated well, the only way you could make something of yourself is to join the military.”

    Really? I thought they just….. get a job that’s not demanding super high education. But I guess I was wrong ;_; (sorry, from my experience, doesn’t seem like minorities are running to join the military -___-)

    • MeCampbell30

      You would be wrong. The military has major recruitment efforts in minority and poor communities.

      • I definitely did say from my experience…

      • Guest

        Growing up in a poor southern town I can say that the military recruitment was everywhere in highschool.

        • I just moved to the South and I just noticed it. Its more in your face than it is than my school in NJ.

    • My cousin who is from California, says when he joined the Marines, said he saw nothing but blacks/whites from the south. He hardly knew anyone that wasn’t from one of the southern states. I detest the level of troop worship we have in good ol murrica. Someone should only be labelled as a hero if their actions merited the title. As it is when ever someone dies whilst being over sea they’re “heroes” and we in the west HARDLY ever hear about the atrocities being committed by our troops. I guarantee you the “war on “terror”” wouldn’t of lasted so long if the media wasn’t so censored and biased.

      • 394343501

        They are labeled heroes because they are brave enough to join the army and train to protect the country.

        • Billy

          gotta protect that country by killin them natives thousands of miles from the country. These people can barely make their underwear explode, THE HORROR how will our marines stand against that?

          • Billy

            O NOES THEY ARE THROWING ROCKS AT US NOW BOMB THEM BOMB THEMMMMMM!

          • the other guy

            Sudenly that sounds more like Palestine rather than DPRK…

          • 394343501

            Alright there Billy, I guess you will just have to defend the nation all by yourself then.

        • I wonder how many of them are “brave” enough to join if the military didn’t pay them or give them any benefits..

    • PixelPulse

      They join for the good pay, not the fact that they dont demand a high education. Well, thats the reason my cousins told me why they and a bunch of others joined.

      • Just around me, I don’t see people jumping up quick to join the army and certainly doubt those who join is only doing so because they don’t have a ‘good education.’ But yeah.. many would do things for the pay versus the education aspect…

      • A guy I know joined the Navy, but he did it in a smart way. He isn’t going to be cannon fodder, rather they will send him to college fully paid and once he graduates he will become an officer or something similar to that. He would of never joined if it wasn’t for the benefits and paying off his tuition.

  • Guest

    That guy hold sofa!

  • Brainwashed American zombies have no clue whatsoever, what is really happening in the Korean peninsula. Just following lame stream CNN and FOX propaganda.

    Get the facts rights, you are an embarrassment to human race.

    1. Its the Americans along with China, Russia that had divided Korea into two, so that they could remove the japanese forces. The division was only temporary so that when Japanese forces were removed all countries would withdraw..China, Russia from North did..AMERICAN DID NOT FROM SOUTH.

    2. America even after 60 years has refused to sign a peace treaty with North Korea, it has only agreed to armistice.

    3. Don’t forget the massacre in Jeju island where American forces killed 30,000 Koreans for protesting illegal occupation of Korea by American forces.

    4. America is the one, that does not want unification of Korea, that was the deal once Japanese forces were removed, did you get that you brainless Zombies in America. On what reason, America is in Korea after 60 years of Korean war. Get the F***k out, let the people of Korea unite.

    read this before you open your mouth again….You shame humanity

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-dangers-of-war-what-is-behind-the-us-north-korea-conflict/5329307

    • bballi

      forget to take your meds today?

      • Yeah Yeah the same usual clichéd American zombie words, when you have nothing better to tell….Why don’t you watch CNN better….:)

    • Bill Bobaggins

      1. Uhh, Korean Forces are the ones who killed those people on Jeju island, you are 100% wrong. Americans did not kill a single rebel Korean, it was all korean forces who did the killing.

      2. The US would looooooooooooove to see a peace reunion of the north and south. A south dominated Korean Peninsula would be AWESOME. The US would actually have camps and bases physically next to the Chinese border. My god, how the US would love to see the north sign a peace treaty! In fact that’s probably one of the top 5 things the US military/politico would like to see!

      3. Russia and China didn’t REALLY withdraw from north Korea. They set up their own communist dictator their. Their interests were just taken care of in a different way. The US set up a republic in South Korea where the people rule themselves and they kept bases there and are joined with the South in a joint military for the peninsula to protect them from communism. South Koreans have benefitted so much from the United States. The North? Did their people benefit from Soviet Russia and Communist China setting up a communist dictatorship there? I think not!

      read this before you open your mouth again…. you do not shame humanity, only yourself.

      • Where are your facts….Uncle Sam…too embarrassed to provide links….

        What about Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and 100+ other countries you invaded…..Don’t write from your arse again unless you could provide reference….

        You are 10000000+ wrong Sammy boy….

        Since the end of the Korean War 60 years ago, the government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) has repeatedly put forward virtually the same four proposals to the United States. They are:

        1. A peace treaty to end the Korean War.

        2. The reunification of Korea, which has been “temporarily” divided into North and South since 1945.

        3. An end to the U.S. occupation of South Korea and a discontinuation of annual month-long U.S-South Korean war games.

        4. Bilateral talks between Washington and Pyongyang to end tensions on the Korean peninsula.

        Here is what is behind the four proposals.

        1. The U.S. refuses to sign a peace treaty to end the Korean War. It has only agreed to an armistice. An armistice is a temporary cessation of fighting by mutual consent. The armistice signed July 27, 1953, was supposed to transform into a peace treaty when “a final peaceful settlement is achieved.” The lack of a treaty means war could resume at any moment. North Korea does not want a war with the U.S., history’s most powerful military state. It wants a peace treaty.

        2. Two Koreas exist as the product of an agreement between the USSR (which borderd Korea and helped to liberate the northern part of country from Japan in World War II) and the U.S., which occupied the southern half. Although socialism prevailed in the north and capitalism in the south, it was not to be a permanent split. The two big powers were to withdraw after a couple of years, allowing the country to reunify. Russia did so; the U.S. didn’t. Then came the devastating three-year war in 1950. Since then, North Korea has made several different proposals to end the separation that has lasted since 1945. The most recent proposal, I believe, is “one country two systems.” This means that while both halves unify, the south remains capitalist and the north remains socialist. It will be difficult but not impossible. Washington does not want this. It seeks the whole peninsula, bringing its military apparatus directly to the border with China, and Russia as well.

        3. Washington has kept between 25,000 and over 40,000 troops in South Korea since the end of the war. They remain — along with America’s fleets, nuclear bomber bases and troop installations in close proximity to the peninsula — a reminder of two things. One is that “We can crush the north.” The other is “We own South Korea.” Pyongyang sees it that way — all the more so since President Obama decided to “pivot” to Asia. While the pivot contains an economic and trade aspect, its primary purpose is to increase America’s already substantial military power in the region in order to intensify the threat to China and North Korea.

        4. The Korean War was basically a conflict between the DPRK and the U.S. That is, while a number of UN countries fought in the war, the U.S. was in charge, dominated the fighting against North Korea and was responsible for the deaths of millions of Koreans north of the 38th parallel dividing line. It is entirely logical that Pyongyang seeks talks directly with Washington to resolve differences and reach a peaceful settlement leading toward a treaty. The U.S. has consistently refused.

        Now get the F**** out from Korea…We don’t need you…..

        http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-dangers-of-war-what-is-behind-the-us-north-korea-conflict/5329307

        • harvz

          When you say ”we don’t need you” can you clarify who “we” is? I am under the impression that you aren’t Korean, as you’ve admitted that you’re from a ”third world country” – a term, by the way, that is obsolete.

          Also, you keep talking about reunification. Do you mind sharing how you forsee that happening without a war or economic collapse? Certainty you don’t expect either side to willingly relinquish any of their political power.

        • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

          The more I read your comments, the less I am convinced. That’s the sort of thing Hollywood liberals and conservatives do: spew facts and opinions with no distinction between the two nor bother to look at other sources for confirmation. You keep claiming how Americans blindly digest info from a single biased news source yet you do the same without noticing how much that makes you like the ‘zombies’ you call Americans.

          I suggest you find another site for verification, not one that comes from the liberal counterpart to Fox news. Preferably a news group that does not use buzzwords that do not fit with the actual article but are just there to get a rise out of you like ‘Imperialism’, but instead take a neutral stance and let you decide which side is right. Groups like Al Jazeera or Russia Today. Both of them have excellent coverage of international events but manage to stay relatively neutral.

          • harvz

            I’m pretty sure he’s trolling for comments. A lot of what he writes is copied and pasted from other sites..

          • the other guy

            I agree with you, except on one thing. “Imperialism” can be a valid term in the right context see Edward Said’s “Occidentalism” and “Culture and Imperialism”

          • Joe

            Russia Today? Really?

          • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

            It’s certainly a step up from globalreasearch.

      • TheKorean

        As a staunch Korean nationalist, I rather feel much more protected to have nukes and ICBMs than some foreign soldiers committing crimes everyday. Kick them out ASAP!

    • Bill Bobaggins

      Also, why does someone from India hate the US so much? We didn’t try to colonize your land. Remember, we broke apart from Brittan in the 1700s!

      • fsck

        Butt hurt much?

        You really have to ask why people dislike the US? read, government, not the people.

        • lavista4u’s clearly hating on the people as well as the government. Get a clue.

      • Because I love humanity. It does not matter where I’m from, I hate injustice, unlike you brainwashed Americans, who blindly follow your evil empire.

        Love for humanity comes first than baseless political boundaries.

        I’m from a third world country, at least I had the respect to do research unlike your fellow Americans who judge North Korea, without any facts whatsoever…Shame on you and your kind..

        • It’s hilarious how you say you “love humanity” while doing nothing but spewing hatred against complete strangers.

        • I don’t think you should be generalizing all Americans. I don’t agree with a majority of what the government does and I’m American.

      • Bill Bobaggins, Indians dont hate the US. They are too busy becoming doctors at premier institutes like john hopkins or becoming silicon valley engineers.
        Lavista4u, where did you pull this great piece of info from- “massacre in Jeju island where AM forces killed 30,000 Koreans for protesting illegal occupation of Korea by AM forces” In the article you cite , where is this piece of info?
        Here is my contribution to links- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeju_Uprising . Dont tell me that the great globalresearch is more credible than wikipedia- try posting information that’s even slightly wrong on wikipedia and see how soon your post is deleted !

        AM is no utopia. Look at what they did to iraq but if ur’e going to angry with them, get angry for the right reasons !
        Finally , forget the past, right now if AM leaves SK, Sk’s entire financial markets including the stock markets & the korean currency will head to the garbage dump. International investors will shun SK due to the uncertainty created by AM’s departure and money will dry up, korean SMBs including mom & pop stores etc will suffer the most because there is no liquidity, SK will spiral into deep recession and it will be the repeat of the 1998 IMF crisis.

        • Not trying to belittle SK’s economy but right now AM is like a necessary evil- there is already something called the “korean discount” in stock market parlance cause SK is full of innovative companies and their stocks should have greater valuations but investors need to factor in the constant friction between the north and south hence SK shares are valued lower than they should be. So the world is already spooked by the current situation and if AM leaves then the perception of insecurity will magnify. Its sad really, just imagine how many more samsungs and hyundais would spring up were the 2 koreas to unite-always sad to see two brothers at each other’s throats.

    • Reila90

      Good point. Here some interesting videos about what US trying to achieve.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpmI7ECNfRk

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kIreCVb6cA

    • hun

      I kind of rather be a brainwashed american than a brainwashed north korean. You feel?

      • No you are not Brainwashed American…You are an American Zombie

    • harvz

      Nobody is trying to go to war. It’s not economical for South Korea or (god forbid) China to take on a country of nearly 30 million people upon North Korea inevitably losing the war. Furthermore, aside from being closer to China, there is little gain for US to engage in their horrendous practice of nation building in North Korea.

      It’s ignorant to assume that all South Koreans even want reunification, especially among the younger people. The cultural gap between the two is growing and it would be a huge burden on the South Korean economy.

    • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

      You again? I see you didn’t take my advice and stop using globalresearch. That stuff is bad for your mind as alcohol is bad for a U.S soldier.

    • Randall Campbell

      中国比韩国非常好!

  • During my year in Seoul, I had many positive experiences with the American military… which is tough to say as a Canadian, but it’s true. Many of them are aware of the negative image they have, so they really try to behave such that the places which accept them will keep accepting them (some places in Seoul will outright ban military). At the end of the week, they, like most people, are a bunch of stressed workers out for a drink. Unfortunately, a few bad apples (and the media) have ruined their image.

    IMO, the military base should not be smack in the middle of Seoul. It’s a recipe for disaster in so many ways. If there must be a base in the middle of a civilian metropolis, then martial punishments should be equal or more severe than equivalent civilian crimes. The information should also be made public.

    • hang

      I had some good, some bad experiences with US military personnel when I lived in Seoul. I agree, most are tolerable, but all it takes is a minority to ruin their image. It is also nothing unique to US servicemen, military members in general aren’t exactly a nation’s best and brightest.

      Nobody wants to live next door to a military base, but moving it outside of Seoul would just mean they would hop a train to Seoul on the weekends.

    • chucky3176

      Couple of years ago they were seriously talking about moving the Yongsan base out of Seoul, and move them south to Pyongtaek and Daegu, about 40 and 200 miles from Seoul respectively. The move was going to cost tens of billions in which South Korea was to pay for it. But I don’t know what happened to them since. Having a large US military installation right smack in middle of Seoul for decades has lead to lot of bad feelings on both sides, so it would be a very good ideal to move them.

      • Brett

        It would also boost Itaewon housing prices 3 fold. Imagine how awesome that base would be if open to the public. Great golf course, lots of open space, grass.ImI’m all for getting them out of Seoul.

  • Bill Bobaggins

    “When I was in the US military, there was a guy with attempted murder under his belt. So many ex-cons in the US military.”

    TOTALLY WRONG!! You cannot even join the military with a felony of any kind, let alone an attempted murder. This guy just 100% made that up!

    • hang

      Felons can seek pardons in order to enlist in military forces. I’ve known some who have.

    • Yuon

      No, there are convicts in the army. They also had problems with gang members joining. The officers will still sign the waivers. You should research more. Not all cops are good, and that applies to the military as well.

      • harvz

        Not so much recently, because they are cutting back the numbers in the US Army. I cannot comment on other branches of the military, but soldiers with so much as a small curfew violation run the risk of being denied reenlistment.

  • åäö

    american people overall tend to cause problems here, i don’t like them (they are noisy and rude too)!
    and… it’s not just conservative people.

    • the other guy

      But I bet you do not want their army to leave, at least not now that the North is threatening to rain hell fire on the South.

      Say what you say, but the fact is that if it came to War you would need the US backing you up. Lets just hope it does not come to that.

    • Brett

      I won’t deny foreigners are noisy when drunk… But I’m sorry, foreigners are usually the least noisy individuals in any restaurant at any given time.

      Not to mention: Americans generally wait in line, don’t smoke at bus stops or in cross walks, wait for people to exit the elevator before entering, don’t vomit in public like it’s nothing, hold doors for the person behind them… We aren’t all like the people you watch on OCN dramas.

    • A Gawd Dang Mongolian

      Blame the drinky for it.

      You have people that were broken down and rebuilt to be killing machines basically capable of tearing up hell but held back by discipline. Alcohol removes that discipline so all you got is the ‘tearing up hell’ bit left. I blame quality South Korean beer.

      Damn you and your attractive beverages!

  • x1sfg

    Those Korean posters have absolutely zero idea of what the US military is like. Their post about white generals or blacks being undereducated in the US military just pisses me off.

    General Shinseki, although a tool, became a general.

    Look up the MOH citation for the late Senator Inouye.

    One black guy in CAG was one of the best soldiers I have ever known.

    SGM Ernie Tabata was the best instructor I’ve ever had.

    Those posters are douches

  • nintendo-nerd

    This is what USA is all about. Americans commit crime wherever they go.

    A few months ago, wasn’t there an US soldier convicted of raping a Japanese woman and trying to kill her?
    Wasn’t there a few yank soldiers last month that shot at Korean civilians?
    Not to mention the mass rape/murder of women and children in countries like VIetnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc.

    Yes, USA are the good guys, they never lie. Just like when they said Iraq had weapons of mass des.. oh, no wait.. my bad.

    • David

      Hey Nintendo,
      I agree that the the US is by no means a “good guy”, but I find your statements to be sensationalistic. If we look at all invading or occupying armies though out history they all would to some degree be guilty of you accusations: Britain, France, Japan, China, Germany, Russia, Vietnam, Korea, India, Holland just to name a few, and all within the last 60 years. I live in China, and see news about peoples from all nations perpetrating violence against the local Chinese, as well as Chinese perpetrating violence against citizens in other nations.

      Rape is horrible, and murder is without excuse, and should be fought at every level, so instead if hypocritically singling out America for your contempt, lets first focus on making our own houses, streets, cities, provinces, and nations safe from the rapists, murders, child molesters, and spousal abusers. If we truly care about the state of this world, let us act and bring justice into our own community first, otherwise we are like those politicians who condemn violence and talk about justice, but do nothing to prevent evil.

  • commander

    Unlike the past when the subject of debates over a role of American military presence in South Korea centered on whether US troops here bring out stability as a result of robust deterrence against a provocative Pyongyang, the present where China’s power has stupendously risen and Japan’s ambition to repeat what many other countries see as a misled past glory is reignited, change the tone of past debates.

    Is it sure that Americal will remain committed to South Korea, as it has promulgated, in the face of escalating threats from an untested young leader in Pyongyang and Japanese omnious moves toward a more assertive Tokyo.

    For the first challenge–Pyongyang’s agitating rhetoric though lacking ability to flesh out it–Wahington has always give reassurance to Seoul of its willingness to stand back behind the South, a reaffirmation underpinned by the joint military exercise with its all, including its astonishing public dispaych of glossy stealth bombers for a test run over the Korean Peninsula.

    But when it comes to Tokyo’s widely expected move for its resurrection of its past glory–the injection of a massive dose of liquidity into the two decade ling moribund economy and its territoral disputes with all its neighboring countries, the United States say nothing to Seoul which now see a pernicious prospect that a US-Japan allianc will overrides US Korea alliance.

    With China growing aggrssive as its power expands and Japan also turning politically ambitious, any debate with regard to the US-ROK alliance should go beyound dealing with a cascade of blackmails from North Korea to handling the future if not distant challenges of a growing prospect of a confrontational Northeast Asia.

    South Koreans, who should be geopoliyically savvy about what’s going on around, set their sights beyond North Korean threats to a long term initiative to preemptive defuse a standoff between Dragon and Eagle or between Dragon and Samurai, the biggest victim of which would be the Korean Peninsula.

  • 82Leicester82

    South Korea is a developed country with a strong military, I would rather we Americans spent our money at home rather than defending other countries simply for the purpose of maintaining our global hegemony. As for these criminals(who don’t deserve to be called soldiers) hand them over to the Korean justice system.

  • Tom

    I get very concerned with US troops there. They act so uncivilized. No manners.
    Just recently a soldier on the subways just started to harass a korean lady who can be a mom just going home from work…tow soldiers started groping her.

    Just freakin crazy.
    This can be managed well if the US would start punishing their soldiers. They don’t seem to do this and it is not in their culture or are they aware that not to punish their own is disrespectful to the S. koreans. But they are not aware of that because it is just not their culture. They don’t seem to get it.

    Even back at home in the US….you see it here…you see it everywhere….they never punish the person that starts it but always punish the victim of his reactions.

    So this drama goes on and on and on…like a merry go round.

    The US never seem to know how to fix this problem.

  • Kim Min Suk

    Until we become real men and defend Korea ourselves, we will depend on these foreign men to protect us no matter how good or bad they are. This is our fault for depending on foreign men.

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