Signs of Hope in Korea

The month of June may have been the most turbulent in South Korea's history since the war that divided the Korean peninsula in the early 1950s. For most of that month, the people of South Korea protested years of military rule, cronyism, corruption, economic injustice, unfair elections, and the jailing, torture, and murder of political protesters.

The political turmoil that spilled into the streets of Seoul, Pusan, Kwangju City, and countless other cities across the country brought to mind the last days of the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines. And just as in the Philippines under Ferdinand Marcos, the South Korean military government lacks the most fundamental requirement for any government to rule: It has no legitimacy in the eyes of its people.

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