Monday, October 04, 2004

Becoming What you Hate

Most people don't realize it, but there's often a fine line between fighting vehemently against what you hate, and becomming it. It seems the people of South Korea have crossed that line.

SEOUL, Oct 04, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Some 100,000 South Koreans staged a rally in Seoul Monday against the government's move to repeal an anti-communist security law.

Demonstrators took to the streets in downtown Seoul, shouting slogans and waving South Korean flags. Some anti-communist activists burned a poster of Kim Jong Il and a huge North Korean flag.

Protestors said they opposed any move to kill the National Security Law, which they say is still necessary to safeguard South Korea's liberal democracy from the North's never-ending schemes to cause chaos in the South. "The National Security Law must remain intact," they shouted.

They also accused President Roh Moo-hyun of seeking to abolish the security law. Demonstrators said they would make all-out efforts to "rescue their republic" from the left-leaning government of Roh, who they insist is destabilizing the nation's liberal democratic identity.

Under the security law, a South Korean could be sentenced to prison if convicted of praising an "anti-state organization," which refers to North Korea.

United Press International
Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

I hate communism as much as the next Red Blooded American, but putting people in jail for praising communism is...well...communism.