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Korean Demonstrations Target Barack Obama Missile Policy

Republic of Korea Demonstrations regarding Missile Defense Policy of the United States as it applies to South KoreaBruce Gagnon of the Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space wrote Friday about political demonstrations in South Korea. Not waiting for Barack Obama to take office as President, these demonstrations (“protests” would be too strong a word) have taken on the simple one-word slogan “Listen,” writing and posting personal messages in public that call on the President-elect to reverse the American military escalation currently underway in Asia and Pacific Islands, with Star Wars missile defense being the showiest of expansions.

The South Koreans are right to speak out now in this regard. During the presidential campaign, Barack Obama declared that “I actually believe that we need missile defense because of Iran and North Korea and the potential for them to obtain or to launch nuclear weapons,” and according to Time Magazine the incipient Obama administration has decided to take an aggressive stance on military expansion in its initial months, lest it look “weak.” Counterpressure to keep Obama just as worried about looking like a “cowboy” is required.

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