October 12, 2005 19:39
The influential U.S. congressional adviser Dennis Halpin, a Korea expert, said there was a connection between Seoul's sunshine policy vis-à-vis Pyongyang and its neglect of the alliance with Washington. Halpin went on to compare Korea's appeasement of the North to the people of Troy's acceptance of the Trojan Horse laden with enemy soldiers.
At a seminar sponsored by the Institute for Corean American Studies (ICAS), Halpin expressed impatience with South Korea for brushing off the U.S. and other allies in efforts to make up with North Korea.
As the chief culprit, the researcher fingered the Korean Teachers' Union, saying the younger generation currently intent on toppling a statue of U.S. general Douglas MacArthur learned history in the classrooms of "radical" union members. Halpin lambasted South Korea for "whistling the tune of the Chinese" in the last round of six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program.
He said it was hypocritical for Seoul to hope for a South Korean as UN secretary-general when it stood by as North Korea committed egregious human rights abuses.
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