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The Cheju-do Massacre

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 15, 2003 3:56 am    Post subject: The Cheju-do Massacre Reply with quote

I was thinking last night what it means to be in Korea getting ready to go on another trip to Japan and back again one year long history book I opened and found on a certain page 'The Cheju-do Massacre' of 1948 or something heads and bodies buried in rice fields peasants, children and all where I want to think nothing happened to awaken the 30,000 dead or so no body knows about or that are in the caves of North Korea where a man un-shot survived to tell us 'They weren't our brothers,' but no body remembers they thought they once were on both sides until the massacres up North sent anti-communist victims down South that landed on the island's pro-communist camps to execute innocent as well as guilty as one man having seen the whole trajedy and seeing peasants forcibly choose sides by gunpoint remarked "Humans are basically selfish and only care for their own survival," like me trying to choose sides of pro-me or pro-them(the Koreans) who seem to be both innocent and guilty of the dead and alive who have forgotten what Cheju-do and communism brought as well as democracy without the history to teach them/us whether or not they really are brothers.

Democracy and Communism, that is. Or North and South.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2003 2:00 pm    Post subject: Re: The Cheju-do Massacre Reply with quote


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2003 2:25 pm    Post subject: Um Reply with quote

List of 1,715 Cheju Massacre Victims Includes 104 Children

By Seo Soo-min
Staff Reporter

The government yesterday unveiled the list of 1,715 Cheju residents confirmed to have been killed by the authorities during an anti-Communist purge from 1947 to 1948. One hundred and four children aged 10 or below at the time were included in the list.

The National Commission on the Jeju April 3 Incident, headed by Prime Minister Kim Suk-soo, produced the first list of people who died or disappeared in the hands of military and police authorities in post-liberation ideological conflicts in South Korea.

The decision was reached nearly three years after the government enacted a special law in January 2000, aiming to restore the honor of the deceased, most of whom were civilians.

Commission officials said additional screenings are scheduled. The official death toll is expected to rise above 10,000, as families turned in the names of 14,028 people between June 2000 and May 2001, after half a century of silence.

Yesterday¡¯s list of 1,715 contained the names of 415 women and 1,300 men. Bodies of 242 were never found, and 104 were under the age of 10, officials said.

``We will complete the screening by December 2004,¡¯¡¯ an official of the commission said. While no cash compensation is likely for the victims¡¯ families, the commission will seek to provide counseling and medical assistance to the survivors, he added.

All previous administrations have denied the government¡¯s involvement in the killings of civilians on the resort island. As many as 30,000 people may have vanished in the killings, which were systematically conducted on Cheju where socialist tendencies were strong.

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[KS] Cheju Narratives
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Thu, 15 Jul 1999 10:01:28 -0400

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Dear List Members:

I recently received the following message through another list (see

I have known about the "personal narratives" referred to in this message
for a while now, and I'd be interested in hearing from anyone capable of
commenting on their validity.

Incidentally, in no way am I suggesting that these narratives are not
entirely truthful. I'm simply interested in any information that could
help me assess them for myself! Thank you.

Mike Goodwin
(Greenville, N.C.)

N.B. The following is the message I received:

Your help is needed for the victims of the Cheju 4.3 Massacre:

Gen. Kim Ik Ruhl commanded the South Korean 9th Regiment on Cheju. He
chronicled his first-hand knowledge of the tragedy in his memoir:
<>The Truth about the 4.3
Uprising. Gen Kim negotiated a peaceful settlement of the insurrection
with the
rebel commander and his American superiors commended his mission
but pro-Japanese Korean traitors forced him off the island and tricked
Americans into reversing Gen. Kim's agreements with the rebels.

Kim's 9th Regiment was ordered to conduct scorched-earth campaigns
against innocent villagers and tens of thousands of the villagers were
put to
death in some of cruelest ways imaginable (see
<> Cheju April 3rd Massacre Not

Gen. Kim's memoir will make an ideal source for a docu-drama. If you can

help, please email: [email protected].

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2003 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

'The Cube:'

I found this while reading a book by 'Michael Breen', a 20 year resident of Korea and now in Seoul. The book is called "The Koreans: Who They Are, What They Want, And. . ."

These were anti-Communists attacking pro-Communists. The reason the genocide was covered up was because many of the leaders from the anti-Communist group, who orchestrated most of the killings, were, or are now political figures and leading authorities on Cheju-do Island and fear for repraisals from the people if found out. So they buried the whole story.
And I'm sure Koreans were apt not too criticize their own kind.

I find this interesting in two ways: First, I see it as an example of the barbarity that both sides were capable of 'even before the war took place' thereby depicting an ironical and rather foolhardy approach to South Korea's lackadaisical and 'brotherhood of Korea' reunification ideology that many youth and nationalistic Koreans are apt to share today.

Second, I see it as an afront to all the anti-Americanism Koreans pose, which really IS a lot of propaganda coming from up North or from this one ideology. This is an ideology based on ignorance and blindness to Korean's own past and history itself. Just last year No-gunri was a huge issue, with Koreans threatening to sue the US for a slaughter of 200 or so "innocent" Koreans during the Korean War. Yet Koreans slaughtered thousands "even before the war began." Don't tell me all this anti-Americanism isn't a lot of hype.

The reasons this slaughter(The Cheju-do Massacre) took place "was because you couldn't tell who was Communist and who wasn't." Yet this is exactly what America and No-gunri is be castigated for, something the Koreans should well know and reckon with, if they want to be reckoned with honestly and truthfully in return. The Communist ideology is to use "civilians" as cover, just like the Iraqi's and other terrorists will do. Matter-O-fact, it's estimated that there were or might be as many as 40,000 North Korean agents in South Korea at the moment, which may or may not be something to ponder.
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