Should America Defend South Korea?

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    South Korea, (you know, the guys we currently defend, died for in the Korean War, and helped build into a first-world economic power) so far has refused to participate in UN sanctions against North Korea. Even the Chinese are nominally participating in the sanctions. The former PM of South Korea says that the NK nuke detonation is America’s fault. Now Pyongyang has threatened Seoul with severing ties, if SK participates in the UN sanctions. What do you think of SK’s attitude? Should we defend people who apparently cannot decide to defend themselves? Should we defend a SK that is willing to trade with the criminal regime in Pyongyang, the gang that killed by terror and starvation more than a million North Koreans? Should we defend a SK that is undermining the UN sanctions? Should we pull our troops out of SK and admit defeat by the Chinese in the 50 year Beijing-Washington struggle for political and economic power in NE Asia? If we leave SK, will that tell the Japanese that America is unreliable? Will the Japanese then develop nuclear weapons? What should America do? Ignore the simpering South Koreans?

     
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    South Korea has been growing more and more anti-American, here's one thread where we discussed this:

    http://www.usmessageboard.com/forums/showthread.php?t=24890&highlight=south+korea
     
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    I agree with what you say about S.K's current attitude towards America. America lost blood for the S.Koreans against the Communists in the 50's and certainly don't deserve the bullshit from the South Koreans now. I suggest America more closely watch the De-Militarized zone separating both the Korea's as it has been doing for so many years..because if it comes to an allout war between the North and South then the North will win due its larger ground based forces and its missiles.

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    If for no other reason, as long as Japan is one of our staunchest allies, it is not to our advantage nor Japan's for us to leave S Korea.

    A lot of US military personnel may have died for S Korea, but we are dealing with the offspring of the people we saved, not the people we saved themselves. Succeeding generations are almost always weaker than those that earned what their children only inherit.
     
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    If there was a war, the entire peninsula would be a lake of fire instantly, and there would be no "winner." The best thing the DPRK has going for it are not superior numbers or it's missiles. The Army of SK is much better trained and much more modernized than their counterpart to the North. The best thing the DPRK has is tunnels running across the DMZ, and their artillery can cause much more damage than their missiles.

    I believe that a lot of the dislike that South Korean's have with the US stems from the actions of a few bad apples that we've had stationed there in the army. There have been several cases of a US soldier driving drunk and running over a Korean child, and then jurisdiction is turned over to the US and not Korea, which makes people there unhappy. Also, the people of North and South Korea want to reunite, although they disagree about how to do it. They feel that the US troop force puts pressure on the situation and the actions of America are most likely to start a war between the two countries.
     
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    Surprise, surprise :rolleyes:

    Like a moth to a flame, a libtard can't resist the urge to demonize and denigrate our heroes in uniform :evil:

    By the way William (if you even get the reference :rofl: ) you didn't need that apostrophe.
     
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    I can tell already that you're one of those people who like to make bad assumptions. That must be why you're a Republican ;). I did not choose Hamiltonian for its mathematical significance.

    You cannot seriously believe that every single US troop stationed in Korea is an amazing person. Now most of the people in the US Army are great people, but there are a small handful that do things like drive under the influence who ruin the image of the Army. I specifically mentioned that this behavior was not the norm in the Army, that it shouldn't denigrate all of those heroes in the Army, but it ruins the image of the US Army in the eyes of the Koreans.

    What can I say about the apostrophe, my English is not so good. By the way, thanks to the new management for adding a spell checker.

    Also, I would like to correct something in my previous post. Koreans think that the US is the second most likely to start a war in that region, with Japan being the most likely.
     
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    Of course they should. What people don't realize is that it's not just about defending South Korea. It's a regional thing- a US presence helps keep the region stable. We got trading partners in South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, China, etc. that ship us goods and resources via boats and cargo planes. Regional instability disrupts all that.
     
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    Which is EXACTLY why our southern border isn't a wall. Strictly enforcing our borders would destabalize it.
     
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    It doesn't help much when the media portrays the criminal actions of individuals the the actions of the US military in general.
     

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