Reasons for sealing the South Korean genocide in Vietnam: They need to maintain their position as the “victim”
”Awareness of history is a compass for a country’s future. Leaders who do not acknowledge their past mistakes cannot open up a new future either.
In March of this 2014, this is what South Korean President Park Geun-hye said at the commemoration ceremony for the 3.1 Independence Movement.
These words were obviously intended towards Japan, but ironically, no other statement could have put South Korea in a more accurate light than this one. The historical event that South Korea has never admitted in committing, the genocide in Vietnam.
Fifty years ago, between 1964 and 1973, South Korea dispatched a total of 320,000 soldiers to the Vietnam War. Park Geun-hye’s father, former-President Park Chung-hee, was keen to get into the war in order to gain the trust of the United States and receive special war supplies.
In return for its deployment, South Korea received a large amount of aid from the United States. Korea’s economic development, later known as the “Miracle on the Han River,” began with the Vietnam War.
On the other hand, South Korea sealed its “negative history” in Vietnam by committing a genocide of more than 10,000 Vietnamese civilians, which was considered a taboo subject and was not allowed to be mentioned in Korea at all, and the media that mentioned the taboo was subject to condemnation.
On the contrary, South Korea continues to disseminate the falsehood that Japanese troops forced Korean women into sexual slavery during the Second World War, while ignoring the existence of “rai-dai-han,” children born to Vietnamese people who were raped by Korean soldiers during the Vietnam War.
Why has South Korea gone to such lengths to distort its history?
South Korea earned half a billion dollars when Japan and South Korea normalized diplomatic relations by claiming that they were the “victim” of the war. And even now, it benefits in various ways by claiming to be the “victim”. And it’s not just in monetary term. For example, the dissatisfaction with the government that is erupting in South Korea. They try to vent their frustration by directing it to Japan, the “perpetrator” of this popular discontent. Whether being a victim is historically correct or not is irrelevant. For South Korea to exist, it must continue to pretend to be a victim.
This is the reason why South Korea has to keep the Vietnam genocide under wraps. If this reality is exposed to the light of day, the world will find out that Korea is not just a “victim of identity theft” but actually a “perpetrator” of war crimes.