Chosun spotlights the South Korean versions of Cindy Sheehan who are blaming America for the crisis. Yes, they are blaming us and lambasting our War on Terror efforts–while at the same time demanding that we intervene and Do Something to stop the jihadists from slaughtering the S. Korean Christian missionairies:
Some politicians and civic groups in Korea are starting to hold the U.S. responsible for the two-week-old hostage crisis in Afghanistan with remarks that seem designed to stir up simmering anti-American sentiment here.
At a meeting of the Uri Party on Wednesday, Rep. Park Chan-suk said, “The root cause of the hostage crisis lies in our dispatch of troops to Afghanistan. While the Koreans are suffering, the U.S. stands firm on the principles. It’s irresponsible and it’s a betrayal of one of its allies.” Uri Chairman Chung Se-kyun said, “The U.S. should not remain a mere bystander.”
Well, it appears we aren’t going to do anything. Moonbats abroad will be pleased:
In talks in Manila earlier in the day, South Korea and the United States ruled out the possibility of military operations to secure the release of the South Koreans, a South Korean Foreign Ministry official said.
South Korean Foreign Minister Song Min-soon and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte discussed the hostages on the sidelines of the security conference, he said.
“The two sides ruled out the possibility of military operations and placed a top priority on safely resolving the issue by mobilizing all means,” the official quoted Song as saying after the meeting. He asked not to be named, citing the sensitivity of the issue.
“The United States is not preparing military operations,” he quoted Song as saying.
The latest from Yonhap:
The foreign ministers of 26 countries participating in a major regional security forum here on Thursday strongly condemned the Taliban for killing two South Korean hostages in Afghanistan and called for the immediate release of 21 others still in captivity.
“The foreign ministers of the participating countries of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) express our solidarity with the people and government of the Republic of Korea and condemn the hostage taking of their nationals in Afghanistan,” the ministers said in a joint statement, referring to South Korea by its official name.
They also deplored “in the strongest terms” the brutal murder of two hostages — Bae Hyung-kyu, the 42-year-old leader of the group that was seized on July 19, and 29-year-old former IT worker Shim Sung-min.
“We express the hope that the hostages and their families will find the strength to face this ordeal, while at the same time expressing the hope that they will soon be reunited,” the statement said.
“Expressing hope” and “concern” (a la the United Nations) ain’t cutting it.