Wednesday, March 1, 2006


HatTip to Joong. Not a surprise, but definitely disappointing to learn about these polling results:

Nearly half of South Korean youths who will be old enough to vote in the country's next elections say Seoul should side with North Korea if the United States attacks the communist nation, according to a poll released Wednesday.

At the same time, 40.7 percent of the 1,000 young people surveyed said Seoul should remain neutral in the event of hostilities between Washington and Pyongyang, according to the poll by The Korea Times and Hankook Ilbo dailies. Only 11.6 percent said the South should back its longtime U.S. ally.

Obviously, South Korea really needs to improve their education system that's been underfired for years for lacking in developing students' critical and creative thinking skills. Being excellent in math and some sciences obviously isn't healthy for South Korea's political and cultural development.

How can so many young South Koreans believe that siding with an oppressive dictator who starves his people is better than the U.S.? Is their strong nationalism clouding their judgment? Who are teaching these people? Maybe the 1,000 to 10,000 (reports vary) North Korean spies, many of which are planted in the education system, are having the effect they always wanted? Whatever the cause South Korea needs to wake up!

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