South Koreans are notorious for condemning other countries while ignoring own wrong doings. In fact, South Korea has never apologized nor paid any compensations to Vietnamese victims while Koreans are asking apologies and compensations from Japan for Japan’s annexation every month or so.
Now, Vietnam is starting to criticize South Korea…naturally.
Vietnam criticizes Korean leader for honoring war veterans – The Korea Times 2017-06-13
President Moon Jae-in’s recent remarks on South Korean soldiers who participated in the 1960-75 Vietnam War are fueling anti-Korean sentiment in the Southeast Asian country.
In a speech to mark the June 6 Memorial Day, Moon lauded the soldiers who fought in Vietnam for their contributions to economic growth in the 1960s and 70s.
“The soldiers resolutely answered the call of the Republic of Korea. In the middle of the jungle and under sweltering heat, they carried out their duties faithfully. That’s true patriotism,” Moon said. “Their sacrifice laid the foundation for the country’s economic growth.”
Moon spoke about the soldiers apparently to urge people to remember fallen national heroes. However, this angered many Vietnamese, who contend Korean soldiers massacred thousands of civilians during the war.
“We ask the Korean government not to talk or behave in a way that hurts the feelings of the Vietnamese people and has a negative influence on the two countries’ friendship and cooperation,” Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswomen Le Thi Thu Hang said in a press release, Monday.
The ministry has lodged a complaint with the Korean Embassy in Vietnam regarding Moon’s speech, the press release reads.
This is the Vietnamese government’s “first-ever official warning” against Seoul regarding its alleged wartime massacres, Ku Su-jeong, an activist who has long dealt with the issue, told The Korea Times.
“I’ve heard low-key messages from Vietnam through unofficial routes, but have never seen a message like this,” she said.
In addition, Vietnamese women are coming forward to say they were raped by South Korean troops during the Vietnam War, and a Change.org petition calling for an apology by South Korea’s president, president, Park Geun-hye, has gathered more than 34,000 signatures. Former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman wrote on FoxNews.com last October that South Korean troops “sexually assaulted thousands of young women, some as young as 13 and 14 years of age. Many of these women bore children as a result of these assaults. Today, between 5,000 and 30,000 children of mixed Korean-Vietnamese ancestry, called the ‘Lai Dai Han,’ live at the margins of Vietnamese society.”
Vietnam War Mercenaries from S. Korea Are Not Heroes: Hanoi telesur 15 June 2017
South Korean President Moon Jae-in honored mercenaries who served alongside U.S. soldiers during Vietnam’s Resistance War Against the U.S.
Le Thi Thu Hang, Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, called on South Korean officials earlier this week to avoid making public statements or taking further action that would jeopardize bilateral relations or harm the sensibility of the Vietnamese people.
Thu Hang was responding to statements made by South Korean President Moon Jae-in on June 6 during the country’s Memorial Day. During the occasion, Jae-in paid tribute to South Korean mercenaries who fought alongside U.S. soldiers during Vietnam’s Resistance War Against the U.S.
Tuoi Tre News reported that during his visit to Seoul’s National Cemetery, Jae-in stated that the country’s economy had flourished thanks to the “dedication and sacrifice” of South Korean soldiers in Vietnam.
“We request that the South Korean government refrain from any statement or action that could cause undue hurt to the Vietnamese people and risk damaging our friendly bilateral relations,” Thu Hang responded at a press conference. She emphasized that Vietnam desires to foster friendly relations with all countries.
Between January and February 1968, some 357 Vietnamese were murdered by South Korea’s Blue Dragon division based in Dien Ban Village in Quang Nam province.
Data obtained from Vietnam’s 1980s war crime commission verify that both massacres were perpetrated by South Korean mercenary troops.
The U.S. and other western countries often refer to the conflict as the Vietnam War, or Nam. In Vietnam, however, the conflict is officially called, “The Resistance War against the U.S. Empire to Save the Nation” or simply “The Resistance War Against the U.S.”
Though statistics vary, it is generally agreed that over a million Vietnamese were killed during The Resistance War Against the U.S. Over 58,000 U.S. soldiers and some 6,000 South Koreans perished during the war.
South Korean Troops’ Atrocities During Vietnam War Exposed
Monday, January 25, 2016 1:27
But all these come with a heavy price. For many decades, Vietnam was besieged by wars in the 19th and 20th century. The Vietnam War may have brought it independence and placed the nation under a one-state communist rule. But the survivors of the Vietnam War and their families have not recovered from the trauma they suffered at the hands of the South Korean troops. To recall, around 320,000 US-allied soldiers of the Korean Force were deployed by ex-general Park Chung-hee, the father of the sitting president, to Vietnam to help the United States in their fight against the North. But the soldiers did more than fight the communists. They raped and assaulted the women, tortured and killed civilian men and children and ravaged communities, wiping out whole villages. Like beasts, they would descend upon a village and kill everyone in sight, throwing grenades, tying up old men and slitting their abdomens until the entrails hung out, severing the limbs of children and throwing them onto the trees. Bodies were thrown into mass graves and those managed to hide and survive buried the remaining dead bodies.
My Lai Massacre
The Binh Dinh Massacre
On February 25, 1968, in the Binh An community in the Tay Son district of Binh Dinh province, South Korean troops entered the area to look for Viet Congs, the communist guerilla forces. But without hesitation, they slaughtered the civilians in the area, killing 380 innocent men, women and children in one hour. The rampage continued for six weeks with more than one thousand killed. A 200-meter trough was dug up and the bodies were thrown into it. At the People’s Council building is a poster where the names of the people are written.
The Binh Hoa Massacre
The Binh Hoa massacre is a little known horrific event that occurred between December 3 – 6, 1966.The Blue Dragon Brigade of the South Korean forces burned down all the houses after killing 502 elderly people, women and children, including 21 pregnant women. Hundreds of cows and buffalos were not spared. After the massacre, the surviving Vietnamese joined the communist guerillas and fought against the US and Korean troops.
Dien Nien – Phuoc Binh Massacre
On October 9, 1966, South Korean Marines killed 448 villagers in Dien Nien Temple and Phuoc Binh hamlet. The soldiers were presumably after the North Vietnam communists, yet the victims were mostly women, children and the elderly. Simultaneously occurring at Binh Tai in the Quang Ngai province, another group of Korean Marines murdered 168 unarmed civilians.
Other similar massacres were committed by Park’s military, in the guise of aiding the US forces and annihilating communists to stop the spread of their ideology. These carnages include the Khanh Giang-Truong Le, Ha My, Phong Nhị and Phong Nhất, Tây Vinh and the Vinh Xuan massacres.
Attempts by Vietnam survivors and their relatives for South Korea to admit to its bestiality during the war have been met with resistance and denial by Seoul. The veterans believe it is their legacy that they fought off the enemy and helped Vietnam, even if the south eventually lost. Pres. Park, in a 2013 visit to the country, visited the tomb of Ho Chi Minh but made no mention of her country’s brutal actions during the war.
The Vietnam administration is reluctant to support its own victims. In its economic relations with South Korea, it is the subservient partner and will do anything to keep the ties going. As a communist state, it also controls the media and any report that is contrary to the interest of Hanoi will be dealt with severely.
The Vietnamese war victims must rely on external NGOs and similar groups to support their cause. In the meantime, things are not looking too bright for them.