Thursday, August 19, 2004

Madness in Korea

I see that Korean politicians don't abide by the notion that the sins of the fathers should not be visited upon the children.

The chairman of South Korea's ruling Uri Party has stepped down after admitting his father worked for Japan's military during the 1910-45 occupation.

Shin Ki-nam had earlier said his father worked as a teacher during that period.

But at an emotional press conference, he accepted reports his father had worked for Japan's military police.

Mr Shin's resignation coincides with a call by President Roh Moo-hyun for an inquiry into those who collaborated with the Japanese colonial power.

President Roh brought the issue into the public eye during a speech last weekend marking the 59th anniversary of liberation from Japanese rule.
One would think 59 years would be time enough for some sort of political statute of limitations to kick in, but obviously not. Doesn't Roh Moo-hyun have anything better to do with his time than instigate a witch-hunt based on what people's fathers did more than half a century ago?