There are various ways of dealing with politicians who have become embarrassing to their countries. Bao Dai, former Emperor of Viet Nam, was exiled to his Riviera villa. Korea's old Syngman Rhee was dispatched to tend a garden in Honolulu. Russia's Georgy Malenkov was placed in charge of a power plant in Kazakhstan. Now a far more original idea has appeared in South Korea. Kim Chong Pil, Seoul's widely hated behind-the-scenes strongman, is being sent to Harvard.
Kim, 38, who was head of the ruling Democratic-Republican Party as well as boss...
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