[Letter to the editor]A common responsibility

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[Letter to the editor]A common responsibility

What a tragedy to lose a major cultural icon in Korean history.
There is plenty of blame and finger pointing, much of it deserved, but why are people not pointing fingers at themselves? Why has security for such a site not been an issue until after the loss?
Millions of people, including newspaper reporters, government officials, foreigners and citizens, have visited [Namdaemun] and never questioned its security.
Every Korean bemoans the loss of Namdaemun but never asked pointed questions prior to this event. If the gate was a national treasure, should it not also have been a national responsibility?
All citizens, regardless of status, should ask themselves what role they had in protecting Namdaemun.
David Woelke, Busan
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