Mourning and Anger

Since the beheading of Korean interpreter Kim Sun Il in Iraq last week, Koreans have been struggling to comprehend the brutal act—and wondering whom to blame. Some of the thousands attending nightly candlelight vigils have pointed fingers at the United States; others denounced South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun; a few directed their anger at South Korea's small Muslim community, with one man even barging into a mosque in Seoul wielding a knife.

With emotions running high, Roh's critics hoped he would reconsider his controversial decision to send 3,600 soldiers to join the more than 600...

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