Dear Iara Lee,
I read your "Obstructing Business": South Koreans on the March posted on 8/29/11 08:57 PM ET of the Huff Post World.
Your observation of the human rights abuses in South Korea are surprising to us in Nigeria, because we thought South Korea is a more civilized country compared to communist North Korea and other Machiavellian governments in the world. We are disappointed by the maltreatment of human rights activists in Jeju-do and other parts of South Korea.
The "Island of the Gods” is the island of peacemakers and not a base for warmongers.
It has been reported that the naval base is estimated to cost 958.7 billion won, a civilian-military port complex that could simultaneously dock about 20 warships, including Aegis warships, and two 150,000- ton cruise ships. WOW! South Korea wants to launch a super power tussle with Japan and China or ready for a showdown with North Korea?
The South Korean government should stop playing to the gallery of the US and do what is best for the citizens and a naval base is not on the wish list of South Koreans from Jeju-do to Gangjeong.
Of course there is no way the US navy will not use the base under the Korea-US Mutual Defense Pact, and would definitely provoke China, as noted by Noam Chomsky.
As we can see, what most Koreans need now are more jobs as the brave Jin-suk Kim of Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) has gone as far as being holed up in the 35 meter-high crane no. 85 in the Yeongdo shipyard since January 6, in protest of severe layoffs by the Hanjin corporation (HHIC), in Busan. Then the government should not dare the wrath of the people as the popular protest of the Hope Bus Campaign gathers momentum like the whirlwind of the Arab Spring.
~ By Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima, author of Scarlet Tears of London, The Nigerian Fools Who Think They Can Fool God and other books.