South Korea: Saccharin


The weapons of parliamentary debate throughout the world vary considerably. Britons belabor one another with icy scorn, Greeks bang their desk tops, and Italians hurl inkwells. The U.S. House of Representatives has witnessed its share of fist fights and even, in the 19th century, quick-draw confrontations with cocked pistols on the floor. Black magic has its place in the legislative assemblies of modern Africa. Last week in South Korea, a new, but old, weapon was added to the armory.

The debate in Seoul's National Assembly swirled around a smuggling scandal concerning some 92 tons of saccharin that had been...

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