An issue of discomfort for South Korea

Jun 19, 2018 by

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The comfort women issue took the world by storm when in 1992 a Japanese historian by the name of Yoshimi Yoshiaki announced that he had secured documents alleging a Japanese led wartime brothel chain. In the wake of this knowledge, the nation of Japan was accused of capturing women en mass and using them for the purposes of sex. When the Japanese were done with them, they discarded the women like trash by massacring them with no regard. Although man women suffered the ones who suffered more were the women of Korea. Officials of Japan’s government have always made an effort to acknowledge the wrongdoing and this caused an uproar in the Japanese press. It was not long before the United Nations decided to bring the issue to light and released a notorious Report on the issue of Korean comfort women in 1996. South Korean comfort women testimonies where read and comfort women testimonies were heard.

Where anti-Japanism is a pivotal part of Korean culture, the issue would seem to be a diplomatic no-no. And yet, the more South Korea forces the past issue the less credible it becomes as the victim. Comfort women stories are to blame for this due in part to the following.

First, the base arguments are not true. Many believe the issue to be a lie and nothing but war propaganda started out of the hatred South Korea has to this day for the Japanese.

The second reason is that on closer inspection of the problem, the worse every nation involved appears to be.

It has been suggested by German researcher Magnus Hirschfeld that the women followed the men and where willing prostitutes which he saw as a trend throughout the years of warfare.

World War II was far from the findings of Hirschfeld, comfort stations were set up in order to curb mass rapes in and around the bases. It was also encouraged to curb spy from getting into Japanese and American brothels in order to steal secrets. Several Madams were subcontracted to provide comfort girls from up and down the peninsula.

While the Japanese military wanted no more war rapes, some other nations were all for the practice. Russia was notorious for rapes during WWII and raped more than any other nation involved in world war two.

It was thought, by some that the prostitutes would help curb the venereal disease that was rampant among the armed forces. In fact, U.S. Gen. Claire Chennault banned his men from visiting the brothels in Kumming.

Surprisingly, this system did not end with WWII. The Korean War offered US troops with comfort stations. South Korean rulers knowingly allowed the comfort women system. President Park Chung-hee ordered a total clean up and overhaul of the prostitution areas in order to keep the USD flowing into the country.

South Korea is not without sin when it comes to war crimes. In 1966 and 1968, South Korean forces raped their way across Vietnam, leaving a trail of raped corpses. South Korea is a losing diplomatic maneuver and it is open season for any of the world’s nations to bring up its wartime rape of men, women and possibly children.

Today, San Francisco is home to a statue to remember the fallen women. There are also statues in Osaka, South Korea, Japan, Manila, and Sydney. All of the locations where statues are placed are key American ally nations. But China, being China seeks to dissolve these alliances by pushing the comfort issue. A horrid atrocity is being used as a political pawn by China in order to weaken American ties in the region. It is for this reason that South Korea must no longer force the comfort issue: it is now a tool in the belt of the Chinese war on the truth.

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