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Korean Hostage Beheaded
Posted 22 June 2004 - 03:32 PM
Pentagon: South Korean hostage beheaded
Seoul reaffirms plans to send more troops to Iraq
Tuesday, June 22, 2004 Posted: 4:58 PM EDT (2058 GMT)
SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) -- Iraqi insurgents have carried out their threat to behead the South Korean civilian they were holding hostage, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
Military officials said U.S. military police found the body west of Baghdad and notified the South Korean military, which in turn notified the South Korean Embassy in Baghdad.
A senior coalition official in Iraq said the body appeared to have been thrown from a vehicle. "The man had been beheaded, and the head was recovered with the body," the official said. Pentagon sources said the body had been booby-trapped with explosives.
"It breaks our heart that we have to announce this unfortunate news. A body identified to be of an Asian man was found between Baghdad and Fallujah," said South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman Shin Bong-kil in Seoul.
"Afterwards, the photo of the body was e-mailed to the South Korean Embassy and was confirmed to be the body of Kim Sun-il."
In a video broadcast Sunday, the insurgents had given South Korea 24 hours to cancel plans to send 3,000 additional troops to Iraq, threatening to behead Kim if it did not.
The South Korean government reaffirmed the deployment plans Tuesday but urged businesses with civilians in Iraq to remove them.
South Korea plans to send 3,000 troops to Erbil in northern Iraq. Military officials say about half are combat troops trained to protect the rest, who are to help rebuild Iraq, distribute aid and train security forces.
About 670 South Korean military medics and engineers in southern Iraq since May last year will move to Erbil to join the main force, which Seoul sees as a difficult but vital gesture to the United States, an ally with 37,500 troops in the South as a deterrent to North Korea.
Once the troops are in place, South Korea will be the largest coalition partner in Iraq after the United States and Britain. (Full story)
Kim, 33, was seized Thursday in Fallujah, west of Baghdad. He was an Arabic speaker and evangelical Christian who had worked in Iraq for a year as a translator for a South Korean firm supplying goods to the U.S. military.
The Arabic-language television network Al-Jazeera broadcast a video showing armed and masked insurgents standing behind Kim, who was kneeling on the floor. The video was similar to the first portion of one it broadcast earlier this year that showed the beheading of American businessman Nicholas Berg.
"To the South Korean citizens: We warned you," one of the militants said in the video broadcast Tuesday. "This is the result of your own doings. Enough lies, or cheatings. Your soldiers here are not for the sake for the Iraqis, but they are here for the cursed America."
Al-Jazeera did not broadcast video of Kim's killing.
Kim, Berg and Paul Johnson -- killed last week by his captors in Saudi Arabia -- were all shown in videos wearing orange jumpsuits similar to those worn by prison inmates in the United States.
In the video broadcast Sunday, Kim cried in English, "Please get out of here. I don't want to die. ... Your life is important, but my life is important."
Han Sung-joo, the South Korean ambassador to the United States, said Kim's death was "a very deplorable event," and he took issue with the militants' claims that the Koreans were not helping the Iraqis.
"They are not correct," Han said. "We are trying to help the Iraqis. ... The Iraqis like us, and they appreciate our role there."
President Bush also condemned the killing.
"The free world cannot be intimidated by the brutal actions of these barbaric people," he said.
Secretary of State Colin Powell said Kim was "an innocent man there to help the people of Iraq. We condemn such acts of terrorism against civilians who are there to build a peaceful and democratic Iraq."
Seoul appealed for Kim's life
Shin said South Korea had been trying to establish contact with as many countries and organizations as possible that could help win Kim's release.
He declined to comment on whether South Korea had direct contact with the kidnappers.
South Korean government officials gave numerous interviews to Arab media appealing for Kim's release, Shin said.
"President Roh [Moo-hyun] instructed related ministries to explain to the Iraqi people that our government is sending troops to Iraq to focus on reconstruction efforts there without engaging in hostile acts there," presidential spokesman Yoon Tai-young told reporters before the death was announced.
Vice Foreign Minister Choi Young-jin told reporters in Seoul, "There is no change in the government's spirit and position that it will send troops to Iraq to help establish peace and rebuild Iraq."
CNN's Sohn Jie-ae in Seoul contributed to this report.
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Posted 23 August 2004 - 07:13 PM
The Iraqi people have every right to want the Americans out. They have to kill because it is their last resort. They don't want to be another American colony, so they fight, in Falluja, Najaf, where ever.
What do the common Americans see? We're in a media bubble here. We see angry foreign people who speak strange languages, have no uniforms, and Russian assault rifles. We see Mr. Shithead on TV talking about the "free world" not being "intimidated" by "evil-doers" and "freedom-haters." The American "Peoples" (That's in quotes, because the only people behind Bush are profiteers, and the illinformed, not every american person) are there to "help" the Iraqis be "free."
Saddam was a bad guy, doubtless. Even before we started colonizing Iraq, I heard on public radio (One of the few sources of news from outside the bubble) an Iraqi layman say, "We want Saddam out! We welcome the Americans, to get rid of him, and his army, but what then? We are all afraid of what the Americans will do afterwards!"
No matter where you go in the world, the people are all human, and humans are all invariably the same. They react the same way any country would react to the bully of the world coming to their streets. If I saw any tanks rolling down my street here, I'd be angry, scared, and feeling hopeless and helpless. It is no different there. But the media here portrays the Iraqis as those angry, strange speaking, plain-clothes people. Scary looking, aren't they?
The saddest thing about the middle-east is how the children are brainwashed to think that God Allah wants them to blow themselves apart to kill infidels.
The luckiest thing about the americas is how the children don't have to be - yet. Brainwashing still occurs, not in the sense that they hook you to giant machines and make you a robot, but in the sense that our media is so super selective, and often misleading about what they show. I see on Nickelodeon this thing called, "Kids Pick the President" where they show some of the issues the electorate must decide on. Nickelodeon is owned by Viacom. Viacom refuses to show anything that may be damaging to the Republican Party, and President Bush, or pro-opposition to said party and president.
If the Americans had people to fight on their own turf, and a lack of a millitary to fight them, then the children would be praised for fighting, just as much as Palestinian children are, by their parents and elders.
People are no different anywhere in the world, and it is naive for people to think that the Iraqis are fighting American soldiers for unjust reasons. They are fighting Manifest Destiny II. Hostage taking, and killing, however, is a disgrace.
I will say no more of it... I'm sorry for dragging on so long. I'm a pacifist, so I have a lot to say about war, and the things happening behind the fronts.
Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to our media bubble.
Edited by SomethingNormal, 23 August 2004 - 07:23 PM.
Posted 24 August 2004 - 05:26 AM
And I'm praying for tidal waves
I wanna see the ground give way.
I wanna watch it all go down.
Mom please flush it all away.
I wanna watch it go right in and down.
I wanna watch it go right in.
Watch you flush it all away.
Time to bring it down again.
Don't just call me pessimist.
Try and read between the lines.
I can't imagine why you wouldn't
Welcome any change, my friend.
I wanna see it all come down.
suck it down.
flush it down."
~Maynard J Keenan
...two words: neutron detonators...
Edited by Enki Anunaki, 24 August 2004 - 05:27 AM.
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