by John Hawkins | February 22, 2006 8:16 am
South Korea is a wealthy, advanced country that has twice as many people as its deranged, impoverished neighbor to the North. Since that’s the case, why in the world are we still hanging around and defending them from their Northern brethren? Especially since it seems that the only people in that country who like us are old folks who were actually around when we saved them during the Korean war.
Just look at these these poll numbers and tell me why we should keep sticking our necks out for the South Koreans?
“Nearly half of South Korean youths who will be old enough to vote in the country’s next elections say Seoul should side with North Korea if the United States attacks the communist nation, according to a poll released Wednesday.
At the same time, 40.7 percent of the 1,000 young people surveyed said Seoul should remain neutral in the event of hostilities between Washington and Pyongyang, according to the poll by The Korea Times and Hankook Ilbo dailies. Only 11.6 percent said the South should back its longtime U.S. ally.
The poll, conducted Feb. 16-19, surveyed youths between 17 and 23 years old who will be old enough to vote in next year’s presidential election. The margin of error was plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.”
Don’t get me wrong: we should hang in there long enough to get rid of North Korea’s nukes and if necessary, we should give the South Koreans a year or three beyond that to make sure that their military isn’t being left in the lurch. But, once we get to that point, we should pull out of the country, end or greatly limit our military alliance, and let them take care of themselves.
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