[LETTERS TO THE EDITOR]The system Korea deservesIf Thursday’s spectacle at the National Assembly accomplishes nothing else, perhaps it will finally end the Korean media’s bad habit of comparing the political process here to the functioning system that exists in the United States. There is no link to be made between the impeachments of Nixon, Clinton and Andrew Johnson and the fate of Roh Moo-hyun.
Thoughtful deliberation (minus fighting, fires, shoe throwing and crying) lasted for long weeks in each case in the U.S. before a peaceful, full vote of the assembled legislators was conducted.
President Roh may have acquired a similar education to 19th century statesmen Lincoln and Andrew Jackson, but any comparison ends there. Both American presidents changed the world with their inspired leadership. What will Mr. Roh be remembered for? Sadly, the Korean people have gained in their cynicism, apathy, and self-interest the political system they deserve.
by Larry Shepherd