Through The Static

July 8, 2008

US Allowed Korean Mass Executions

Filed under: Government,Military,War,World News — disciplepete @ 3:02 pm

Article from Time…not very surprising at all:

(SEOUL, South Korea) — The American colonel, troubled by what he was hearing, tried to stall at first. But the declassified record shows he finally told his South Korean counterpart it “would be permitted” to machine-gun 3,500 political prisoners, to keep them from joining approaching enemy forces.

In the early days of the Korean War, other American officers observed, photographed and confidentially reported on such wholesale executions by their South Korean ally, a secretive slaughter believed to have killed 100,000 or more leftists and supposed sympathizers, usually without charge or trial, in a few weeks in mid-1950.

Extensive archival research by The Associated Press has found no indication Far East commander Gen. Douglas MacArthur took action to stem the summary mass killing, knowledge of which reached top levels of the Pentagon and State Department in Washington, where it was classified “secret” and filed away.

Now, a half-century later, the South Korean government’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission is investigating what happened in that summer of terror, a political bloodbath largely hidden from history, unlike the communist invaders’ executions of southern rightists, which were widely publicized and denounced at the time.

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2 Comments »

  1. yeah, this was really scary. I think it was under the puppet military dictatorship of Rhee Syngman. oy(L). Korea — north and south — have a very disturbing history of purging itself of its own people. like there’s only ONE vision for this nation state.

    Oh, nation states.

    ::wires sizzle:: <– yes, they come with an unLimited warranty

    Comment by bobbleheadedbob — July 11, 2008 @ 7:14 am | Reply

  2. Yeah, I mean did this really come as a surprise to anyone? Well, maybe to the ignorant U.S. public it did. The U.S. knows what it’s puppets are doing, generally.

    Comment by disciplepete — July 11, 2008 @ 10:11 am | Reply


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