Wednesday, December 12, 2007

A Classic Example that Justice for GIs is Hard to Find

Gusts of Popular Feeling has an informative posting for those that are not familiar with the 1995 subway beat down involving an American soldier who had the nerve to protect his Korean wife on the subway:

It all began when an American soldier put his hand on a Korean woman’s rump.

The version that has captured the local imagination is that a group of drunken American soldiers were rampaging through the subway, molesting Korean women, and that the soldiers then attacked good citizens who dared protest the errant hand.

The American understanding of events starts with a fact that the Koreans tend to leave out: The American soldier and the Korean woman whose behind he patted were in fact a married couple.

The Americans say the problems arose when some angry young Koreans on the subway accused the American of sexually harassing the Korean woman. When the Korean woman explained that she was the American’s wife, the Korean men allegedly spat at her and slapped her — leading the woman’s husband to punch the man who slapped her.

In any case, the result that evening in May was a huge brawl in the subway. It has reverberated through the country and underscored the delicacy of the mission of the 37,000 American military personnel in bases in South Korea.

The soldier in question, his wife, and his friends that were with them initially received jail time but after appeal their sentences were reduced to fines while the Korean who started the brawl got away totally free. This was 1995 and you would think the Koreans and the Korean legal system in general would have evolved since then. Guess what, things haven’t changed. If anything it has only gotten worse with soldiers being attacked & kidnapped from a subway, beaten, and forced to make coerced statements on national television among a host of other highly dubious incidents that the Koreans involved were not punished for. In fact these attackers of GIs are often considered heroes!

Justice for GIs continues to be hard to find in Korea and it didn’t start in 1995 and it shows no signs of ending today.

Eco-loon Dutch Diplomat Abandons Korean Daughter

A high-ranking Dutch diplomat and his wife, who adopted a 4-month-old Korean girl in 2000 when he was posted in Korea, gave up the child last year, officials here said.
Now, officials here are looking for someone to take care of the school-age child.
The girl, Jade, is still a Korean citizen because the adoptive parents, whose names were not released, never applied to give her Dutch citizenship, according to an official at the Hong Kong Social Welfare Department.

She doesn’t speak any Korean. She speaks only English and Cantonese, according to people close to her. And she doesn’t have Hong Kong residency status, either.
The Hong Kong Social Welfare Department, where the Dutch diplomat left Jade in September last year, has had responsibility for her ever since, the official said.
[Joong Ang Ilbo]

To echo the sentiment of Nomad and Marmot, who are these people and what the heck is wrong with them that they would get rid of the child they adopted seven years ago like it is a piece of garbage? The various news articles on this topic have only identified them as a Dutch diplomatic couple, but fortunately due to Andrew Bolt, one of my favorite bloggers from Down Under, he has tentatively identified the Dutch diplomat as Dutch Deputy Consul General J.A. Soer.

What would cause Soer to give up his adopted baby? Andrew Bolt has linked him to the International Conference on Climate Change. Could the couple have given up their daughter because of global warming? Eco-loons have been recently promoting a baby tax for anyone with more than two children:

Writing in today’s Medical Journal of Australia, Associate Professor Barry Walters said every couple with more than two children should be taxed to pay for enough trees to offset the carbon emissions generated over each child’s lifetime.

Professor Walters, clinical associate professor of obstetric medicine at the University of Western Australia and the King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth, called for condoms and "greenhouse-friendly" services such as sterilisation procedures to earn carbon credits.

And he implied the Federal Government should ditch the $4133 baby bonus and consider population controls like those in China and India.

Professor Walters said the average annual carbon dioxide emission by an Australian individual was about 17 metric tons, including energy use.

"Every newborn baby in Australia represents a potent source of greenhouse gas emissions for an average of 80 years, not simply by breathing but by the profligate consumption of resources typical of our society," he wrote.

"Far from showering financial booty on new mothers and rewarding greenhouse-unfriendly behaviour, a ‘baby levy’ in the form of a carbon tax should apply, in line with the ‘polluter pays’ principle."

Australian Family Association spokeswoman Angela Conway said it was ridiculous to blame babies for global warming. [The Advertiser]

It doesn’t help your cause to demonize people with more than two kids if you have three kids yourself. If these parents’ behavior is not because of them being eco-loons than at a minimum they are extreme a**holes of the highest order for abandoning their daughter to an orphanage. I generally don’t support VANK, but if there ever was a time for the VANKers to go after someone, this is it.

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