And in today’s Hankyoreh, we have not one but two stories about the pain inflicted by the Evil Empire on poor Koreans during the Korean War:
- Bereaved families continue 2,017-day sit-in on Wolmi Island
- U.S.’s Yongsan bombing of 1950 caused 1,587 civilian deaths
And yes, in the signs held up by two of the sit-in strikers in the first story, they call the bombing of Wolmi-do just prior to the launch of the Incheon Landing a “civilian massacre” and call on the United States to publicly apologize and compensate the victims.
OK, two questions:
- Have the French, Belgians, Dutch, et. al., either at the governmental level or at the individual/group level, ever asked for compensation from the British or Americans for losses inflicted by British or US action during World War II? I’m actually asking.
- Why the hell is Incheon spending 28 billion won to build an Incheon Landing memorial park when they already have a) a massive Incheon Landing memorial complex near Songdo* and b) the statue of Gen. MacArthur at Freedom Park?
* The Incheon Landing Memorial in Incheon truly is worth visiting. It’s an imposing place designed by late architectural great Kim Swoo-geun. The funny thing is, here’s this massive monument to anti-communism, and the first thing my wife — a native of formerly communist Mongolia — says is, “Hey, it looks like monuments back home!”