SOUTH KOREA: No Harmony or Peace

"Whenever our harmony and peace were confronted with dire threat, we Koreans have manifested the wisdom of risking our own lives for the defense. Here lies the secret of our cultural glories down the ages."

—Park Chung Hee, 1973

After eleven years as President of South Korea, Park Chung Hee seems determined to retain his power at any cost to harmony and peace. Having secured what amounts to absolute political dominance, the onetime professed enemy of dictatorship is now ruthlessly persecuting his enemies, both real and imagined.

Since January, 280 critics of the regime, most of them students, have been arrested under...

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