Hahm, Pyong Choon
October 1964
Foreign Affairs;Oct64, Vol. 43 Issue 1, p165
This article refutes the emerging views among some foreign policy makers in the U.S. that people of South Korea are afflicted with mendicant mentality for they are unable to find a way to live independently, without constantly looking to the U.S. for financial assistance. This argument can easily be contradicted by the fact that the Koreans are fighting the spread of Communist not so much for their own interest as it is for the geopolitical interest of the U.S. Koreans believe that they are fighting and are willing to die in defense of freedom for themselves first and for the freedom of Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines and above all for the interests of the U.S. in the western Pacific.


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