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Ex-South Korean strongman Chun Doo-hwan dies at 90

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By HYUNG-JIN KIM

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I knew some South Koreans in college and they hated this guy. I remember the 1980 crap and those 'reeducation' camps he set up. He was just as totalitarian and oppressive as the Communist North, just a different ideology. His regime was violent, abusive and sick.

Goodbye to rotten rubbish.

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Couldn't agree more @starpunk

Absolutely no loss whatsoever

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Chun was no friend of democracy, and had a hatred of freedom. Jail suited him.

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Too late damage done.

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"Strongman"? Is this an attempt to "not speak ill of the dead"?

The guy was a brutal blood thirsty dictator who will not be missed.

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Not going to be losing much sleep over the death of a fascist. Should never have been released/pardoned to begin with.

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He was pardoned in 1997 in a bid for national reconciliation.

If he were Japanese, he would have hung by the neck. Interesting that the Koreans pardoned their own but scream for Justice from Japan.

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If he were Japanese, he would have hung by the neck. Interesting that the Koreans pardoned their own but scream for Justice from Japan.

Exactly.

In addition to that, he was a awful head of state in S. Korea.

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I hope he suffering was long and painful, right to his miserable end. Thinking about it, most Korean presidents landed eventually in prison. This tells a lot about what country that is.

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The first time I went to Korea was 1986, it was still pretty much a military state as I recall.

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...misdeeds in office,... (!?!)

Only the atrocious deeds of a brutal butcher responsible for the 1980 cold-blooded murder of several hundred citizens in Gwangju, mostly young students, could be characterized with the absurd appellation of a "misdeed" (when serving US foreign policy interests), which is why MSM, on bended knee, can report euphemistically...

After the United States intervened, Kim’s sentence was reduced and he was later freed.

How can educators teach historical truth to children in a world such as ours where "political correctness" dictated by the state manufactures "reality" for the masses with the "blue pills" dispensed by media and state-controlled education to ensure that "the executioner's face is always well hidden". The gag goes far beyond CRT.

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After the United States intervened, Kim’s sentence was reduced and he was later freed.

Do you realize your quote describes Kim Dae-jung, the opposition politician Chun had sentenced to death over accusations of sedition and conspiracy? The US Government intervened and had Kim's sentence reduced to 20 years in prison. Kim was later released into exile in the US, remaining in the US until 1985 when Chun retired and permitted free elections. Kim returned to South Korea and ran against Kim Young-sam for President.

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Do you realize your quote describes Kim Dae-jung, the opposition politician Chun had sentenced to death over accusations of sedition and conspiracy? The US Government intervened and had Kim's sentence reduced to 20 years in prison. Kim was later released into exile in the US, remaining in the US until 1985 when Chun retired and permitted free elections. Kim returned to South Korea and ran against Kim Young-sam for President.

Oops! Mea culpa! 'twas late at night, read and written in haste. I appreciate your calling attention to my obvious misreading.

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If he were Japanese, he would have hung by the neck

How do you know that?? Are you Korean? Are you versed in the Korean Justice System?

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vensinsNov. 23  05:42 pm JST

> If he were Japanese, he would have hung by the neck. Interesting that the Koreans pardoned their own but scream for Justice from Japan.

If he were Japanese, he wouldn’t have been the leader of South Korea 1979 to 1988 because the US booted all the Japanese facials out of South Korea in 1945.

You are correct that had he been Japanese, he would have been hanged because he likely would have been a war criminal, and the Allies hung 14 of those people.

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Desert TortoiseNov. 24  03:45 am JST

After the United States intervened, Kim’s sentence was reduced and he was later freed.

Do you realize your quote describes Kim Dae-jung, the opposition politician Chun had sentenced to death over accusations of sedition and conspiracy? The US Government intervened and had Kim's sentence reduced to 20 years in prison. Kim was later released into exile in the US, remaining in the US until 1985 when Chun retired and permitted free elections. Kim returned to South Korea and ran against Kim Young-sam for President.

Nearly all SK Presidents from Sygman Rhee to Chun were brutal totalitarian bastards. The best thing that can be said Chun was that he was the last of those tinhorn turds. Around the end of the 80s things got better there and democracy came. At the same time he should've never been pardoned, his crimes against the people there were horrendous and unspeakable.

Mr KiplingNov. 23  04:01 pm JST

"Strongman"? Is this an attempt to "not speak ill of the dead"?

The guy was a brutal blood thirsty dictator who will not be missed.

Why not 'speak ill of the dead'? Can you think of any kind words for this arrogant tin god? He deserves nothing but scorn. Like you said, he will not be missed. Planet Earth will keep on rotating and life goes on. We'll do fine without him.

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