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Terrorism: the Korean Edition

November 24, 2015

Sorry for the late post. I will now ‘terrorize’ you with a post on terrorism.

Korea is still technically at war with its northern brethren. However, except for a few tragic events such as Flight 858, the Rangoon bombing, and several deadly border skirmishes, for the most part, Korea is a safe country for non-military citizens. In fact, random acts of violence against strangers are rare. So the idea of this beautiful country being a target of terrorism is far from most peoples’ minds. Why would a global terrorist strike here thinks the common woman and man. However, this complacency could come at a cost, or so says this article in the Chosun Daily. Following on the heals of the terrible attacks in Paris last week, the conservative newspaper warns of the dangers of this nonchalant attitude and writes that the government has decided to resume efforts to enact an anti-terrorism bill currently stuck in parliamentary limbo as a means to prevent a tragic terrorism event from occurring.

So the question(s) for this week: Is terrorism a serious issue to you? Is Korea immune to global terrorism? Why might Korea be a target for terrorists? What effects might result from an act of terror? (Note: the questions are merely to help you brainstorm. You do not have to answer all of them in your comment.)

Extra and more challenging (if you like): Is the Chosun being unnecessarily alarmist? Could the government be using terrorism as pretext to push through unpopular provisions that allow for expanded spying on private citizens?

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  1. ye jin permalink
    November 24, 2015 10:57 pm

    i think that korea’s safety is more threated than only few month ago. Recently, IS attecked paris. it make all global be scared. Also i am afraid go to a theater. In addition, i am planning my Europe trip with my sister. After the IS terror, i read surprising the article. The false Korea company ID card is discovered to One IS member who was died when the terror. I mean that IS can enter to Korea and do terror. In his belongings, there are many false another country ID card. I imagined that If the IS choose the Korea, Paris’s terror could be happened to me. This danger and possibility is able to us until. Terror makes korea people die, confuse, hurt each other without order.

    • mjk permalink
      November 25, 2015 5:28 pm

      Really I can understand your worries. I also plan Europe trip alone. But nowsadays after Is terror, not only i but also other people worry about my plan. I also saw korea company ID card so i really afraid of it,… Anyway, i really hope the time when these terrible war will be end.

    • mike619 permalink
      November 26, 2015 8:58 pm

      I also agree with your opinion. Korea should not be safe of IS terror. We have to protect ourselves immediately. When we see strange person in the street, we should call to police even if he or she is not guilty.

    • sleeper permalink
      November 27, 2015 12:08 am

      I really don’t know that the false ID card of IS member was found. It makes me angry and leghargic at the same time that many people’s live depends on just the place where IS choose to attack. I heard the news few days ago that the army is organized to solve the IS problem. I wish it would help to solve the problem and no more tragidy would happen.

    • peach permalink
      November 27, 2015 12:12 am

      I also agree with you. Yes, Korea doesn’t safe anymore. We have to be more concerned about terrorism and safety.

    • yeye permalink
      November 27, 2015 12:21 am

      You same with me. I changed my trip to United Kingdom. Because I am afraid of terror in Europe. If IS choose Korea for the aim of terror, maybe Seoul will be targeted… It is terrible thinking even though I just immagine.

    • jellyman permalink
      November 27, 2015 12:36 am

      There’s so many terrorist organization in the world. In the past, A​l-Qaeda was most dangerous terrorist organization. But now, that state was replace to IS. A large number of terrorist organization are founded in all over the world. So I think, Korea also prepare to protect themselves.

      • proftodd permalink*
        November 27, 2015 5:22 pm

        “Terror’ is an idea, an idea that is not meant to be defeated. The ‘War on Terror’ is meant to be unending. Great profits for weapons manufacturers, banks, and others who are part of the military-industrial complex (MI). Also, great justification to take away civil liberties from citizens as they become scared of ‘terror’. The article below is by a research scholar at Harvard University.

        “The so-called “War on Terror” should be seen for what it really is: a pretext for maintaining a dangerously oversized U.S. military.”

        “Since George W. Bush declared the “War on Terror” in October 2001, it has cost the American taxpayer approximately 6.6 trillion dollars and thousands of fallen sons and daughters; but, the wars have also raked in billions of dollars for Washington’s military elite.”

    • gouun permalink
      November 27, 2015 2:34 pm

      We need to be concerned about possibility of terrorism in Korea but I think you are excessively afraid of terrorism. Don’t worry too much. Keep calming and carry on.

      • asdf permalink
        November 28, 2015 2:53 am

        I would rather agree with this idea. Being dominated by the fear is just what those damn terrorists want. I think we need to be firm and steady, of course with proper countermeasures against the attack.

    • gounn permalink
      November 27, 2015 2:46 pm

      We need to be concerned about possibility of terrorism in Korea but I think you are excessively afraid of terrorism. Don’t worry too much. Keep calm and carry on.

    • 얄루 permalink
      November 27, 2015 5:02 pm

      I also surprised that the false IDcard of Is was founded in here, Korea. Maybe we are not safe from IS.

    • stanley permalink
      November 27, 2015 6:54 pm

      Generally, most people in Korea don’t recognize that they are faced with the strongest terrorist group in the world; North Korea… Why do they just look out the outside not inside.

    • Comet permalink
      November 27, 2015 10:30 pm

      On 25th, IS said that Korea also belongs to the lists of countries that IS will terrorize. So, although there are some dangers of terrorism in Korea, I think that IS will not attack these all countries. This is just propaganda to attract soldiers in other countries. Thus, it is important to prepare for terrorism, but preventing our people from taking part in IS.

    • Todgo permalink
      November 27, 2015 11:19 pm

      Yes, the fact that Korea is included in the list of IS means Korea is not safe country anymore. However, people don’t care about that.

  2. Comet permalink
    November 25, 2015 1:00 am

    I think that there will not be any global terrorism except for that of North Korea. One reason is that terrorist organizations, such as ISIS, do not have direct hostility toward South Korea. In that the Western nations have intervened in the Middle East situations –especially, U.S. Army have been stationed at Iraq for a long time and U.S. have supplied the rebels of Syria with weapons, while Russia have helped the government army of Syria. These have resulted in the armament race in the Middle East.-, ISIS regards the nations as targets of terrorism. In 2014, however, South Korea withdrew troops dispatched to Iraq, so there is not anything special for IS to attack Korea. That is, if IS wants something, IS ask the Western nations about it, not South Korea. Another reason is that there are not many refugees in Korea. I heard somewhere that IS have terrorized the Western nations to make antagonism between Westerners and Muslims. Because IS does not want refugees to escape from their territory, IS open terror campaigns and make Westerners alienate from Muslims, saying to refugees, “See? Most Westerners hate you. Just come back your home.” On the other hand, Korea does not have many refugees from the Middle East for whether political reasons or distant reasons. Thus, IS do not have to send messages to a minority of refugees in Korea.

    • Comet permalink
      November 25, 2015 1:03 am

      However, if there is terrorism in South Korea, the culprit will be North Korea, not any other terrorist organizations, and the situation will be drastically changed. As we know, Both Korea do not stop the war, and small scale battles -skirmishes- have occurred since the truce of 1953. Actually, of neighboring states, North Korea have most frequently attacked South Korea in modern times. So, the biggest danger of terrorism in South Korea can come from North Korea. In this point, it is noteworthy that ironically, the more we are attacked by North Korea, the more we are accustomed to the attacks. In terms of the First and Second Battle of Yeonpyeong and recent provocation by mines, most attacks from North Korea targeted military areas and facilities. This facts make ordinary people complacent about their life in Korea. However, South Korea, I think, is never a safe country, because when the regime of North Korea is very precarious and about to collapse, it cannot help breaking out another Korean war to overcome the situation. Then, the beginning of the war can be a case of terrorism, like KAL 858 or the Rangoon bombing, which targeted not only political figures but also innocent civilians. In conclusion, we need to be wary of terrorism from North Korea rather than any other organization. Also, we should continue to observe the movement or situations of North Korea closely.

    • proftodd permalink*
      November 25, 2015 7:20 pm

      “U.S. have supplied the rebels of Syria with weapons, while Russia have helped the government army of Syria”

      Yes, and don’t forget Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Qatar, who support and fund ISIS and anti-Assad rebels.
      The U.S. fights ISIS on the one hand, but is an allay with Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey on the other to support anti-Assad rebels. Russia fights ISIS, but the U.S. doesn’t seem to want to work with Russia because Russia supports Assad. Turkey supports ISIS, but is a member of NATO. America and Europe are member of NATO, and they fight ISIS. What a complete mess.

      • Comet permalink
        November 26, 2015 12:32 am

        Yeah, ostensibly, permanent members of the UN Security Council, such as U.S., U.K., Russia, France and China, united minds to defeat ISIS, but actually, there are discrepancies in what they want in the Middle East. Moreover, Turkey shot down a fighter plane of Russia on 24th. The situation is getting complicated more and more.

  3. 5sman permalink
    November 25, 2015 10:51 am

    Last week, terrorist attacks that took place in Paris and Mali astonished the whole world. After these terrible incidents, all countries, even Communist nation, declared a war against IS, and tried to prevent terrorism. Recently the South Korean government also urged anti-terrorism measures, Antiterrorism legislations. However, most Koreans think they are not directly related to terrorism. This is the reason why South Korea is danger area to terrorism. The most important condition for terror is public indifference. IS’s ultimate purpose is not an attack to Christian countries, but Islamization of the world. IS, in addition, officially included South Korea in crusader coalition list specifying 62 countries; direct targets of IS. IS pressed, wherever you are on earth, kill crusader coalition citizen. On the other hand, Korea is the only divided nation in the world. Since South Korea soldiers face the North Korea, South Korea has a difficulty reacting to the terrorism rapidly. For these reasons, I think South Korea is exposed to the danger of terrorism. First of all, South Korean government should prepare anti-terrorism measures promptly, and people need to notice that there’s no safe place to terrorism.

    • proftodd permalink*
      November 25, 2015 3:47 pm

      “Korea is the only divided nation in the world”
      Ireland, Sudan, and Cyprus are also divided countries.

    • gounn permalink
      November 27, 2015 2:45 pm

      I think South Korea is much safer than other countries because South Korea is the dividend country. We have experienced many attacks and terrors from North Korea so we always raised our guard against any possible attack.

      • stanley permalink
        November 27, 2015 9:59 pm

        Even so, I think that threat of the North Korea can not be compared to other terrorist groups.

    • Comet permalink
      November 27, 2015 10:36 pm

      Yes, the fact that South Korea is confronting North Korea makes us have difficulties in preparing for terrorism. We have burdens on our sholders double.

    • Todgo permalink
      November 27, 2015 11:23 pm

      It’s important to prevent the terror ,but in my opinion, in isolation of the fact, Korea will not be the top list of what IS wants.

  4. mjk permalink
    November 25, 2015 5:41 pm

    Terrorism is so serious issue to me and also to the world. As a one person of our country and the world, I really worry about this. This issue is not just for other countries. One of the reasons is discovering Korea ID card. In wallet of a person who worked in IS, there is a korean ID card. As this news spread, lots of korean are scared. Actually it is very confused and sophisticated issue. Because there is no exact solution. Of course the world should or have to try to stop these war. However we shouldn’t do same way because it can cause worse war. I think the world show the spirit of team work. One of the reason why there is gossip that korea is immune to global terrorism is that korea is a divided country. We don’t know when is the war started and when the war is ended. For these reason, we always be ready about that. Like this we should prepare for all bad situation in advance. If not, there are so many damage of citizen who have no faults. It is very serious problem that we should solve right away.

    • proftodd permalink*
      November 25, 2015 7:04 pm

      “I really worry about this.”

      “Americans are just as likely to be “crushed to death by their televisions or furniture each year” as they are to be killed by terrorists.” (2011 Report on Terrorism from the National Counter Terrorism Center)

      5869 people died in car accidents last year in Korea. That’s 16 people per day. I’d be more worried about getting to school safely everyday than being a victim of a terrorist attack.

      • Todgo permalink
        November 27, 2015 11:25 pm

        Good point. I think people are too easily affected by media coverage….

    • jellyman permalink
      November 27, 2015 12:42 am

      I agree with you. Present day’s main ideology is world’s peace and harmony. Even though some contries are still in a dispute, grobal citizen should understand each other and cooperate to achieve same goal, the absolute peace.

    • Comet permalink
      November 27, 2015 10:41 pm

      I also agree to the point that we should not do the same way. Violence can cause another violence, making vicious circles. We cannot accept IS’s brutality, but we should react more delicately.

  5. mike619 permalink
    November 26, 2015 8:55 pm

    I think IS is really a harmful group to our whole world. Recently several big terrors were occured. Paris attack, Russian airplane explosion, and lot of small terrors are still occuring in Egypt and southern Africa. Those terrors caused many serious innocent victims and produced an atmosphere of frighten to all over the world. I think the whole world should gather together to eliminate IS. Like the hacker group ‘Anonymus’, we should make one big union to defeat IS.

    • yeye permalink
      November 27, 2015 12:18 am

      Because they do not respect other religion and do not respect people, we also do not have to respect them. If we can eliminate IS by world war, I positive agree with it.

      • proftodd permalink*
        November 27, 2015 5:29 pm

        Would you be willing to fight and possible die in a world war to defeat ISIS? Would you offer a brother, father, cousin, or friend to fight and possibly die? Who should do the fighting and dying? Which taxpayers should pay for the war? Personally, I wish the multinational corporations who want Middle eastern oil and wealthy Arabs who want to control the ME would do their own fighting and pay for it from their own pockets. Typically, older rich elites declare war and young typically poor men fight and die.

    • gounn permalink
      November 27, 2015 5:29 pm

      It is very good idea but I think making one big union to defeat ISIS is so unrealistic plan. International relations are not simple, but very intricate because each nation pursues their rights and interests. Therefore, it is very difficult to make a big union.

      • Todgo permalink
        November 27, 2015 11:31 pm

        I agree with your opinion. Politicians always move for their benifits ,so I don’t want some victims are sacrificed for the purpose of politicians.

    • 5sman permalink
      November 27, 2015 11:59 pm

      I agree your point that whole world need to make a national alliance. Now terrorism is not just one nation’s responsibility.

  6. Sally permalink
    November 26, 2015 11:54 pm

    I had not been thinking a sense of seriousness until recent terror in paris occurred. And that terror made me think about the severity of a terrorism because I saw how the terror harmed damage to public.
    Terror can be defined as two forms. One is a terror for an ideologic or political purpose, and another is a reckless terror that has no clear purpose and attacks many and unspecified citizens. The purpose of those two terrors is different, but both of them create an atmosphere of terror in society. It’s because victim of terror can be anyone. For example, terror in paris caused enormous damage to innocent people. I think I can be one of that not guilty people. So I have fear of terror.
    Another reason that makes me remind anxiety is that young children can be the biggest casualty. I saw the picture of a child covered with blood while searching terrorism. The child put on a look of fear and I thought terror discourages children so it makes them lose bright sides in their lives.

    • Silvia permalink
      November 26, 2015 11:58 pm

      As you said, casualty of terror makes me sorrowful. Innocent children are dying because of adults’ interests and adults who do not have conscience and a sense of ethic…

    • Comet permalink
      November 27, 2015 11:42 pm

      Yes, children do not have any political, ideological and religious purposes. They themselves are innocent victims. Attacking these children is absurd, barbaric and inexcusable maleficence. IS must stop this.

  7. Silvia permalink
    November 26, 2015 11:54 pm

    Firstly, I heartly express my condolence to vitims in Paris. I cannot assert that we are in safe area where there is no possibility of terror becuase IS classified Republic of Korea as ally of U.S. It means that IS tends to think that Korea could be obstacle to build their islamic world. Absolutely, I cannot understand their wrong belief and interpreting their religion. Among human rights, there is “freedom of religion” which means people have right to choose what to believe and how to live following their convictions. Why cannot IS respect other’s right? If my values are cherish, other’s values are also precious.
    If Korea government imposes anti-terrorism tax, it must be burdensome to people and enterprises. However, as the article tagged above, it will be better than trying to recover country from terror when it is too late. Hence, the tax is for preparing themselves rather than wasting money;however, government should be responsible for showing clear plan of expenditure in anti-terrorism to minimize the amount of money that would be wasted.
    I have never imagined what will happen if Korea is attacked by unexpected terror;I do not want to imagine it at all. I hope innocent victims of terror would not happen anymore..

    • proftodd permalink*
      November 27, 2015 6:33 pm

      Unfortunately, some cultures do not accept that people have rights; people are subservient to the community/state/king. Can we criticize another’s culture? Many people accept cultural relativism. Some accept the idea that ‘might makes right.’

    • Comet permalink
      November 27, 2015 11:27 pm

      The Koran, the Bible of Islam, says that Muslims must kill people who do not believe Islam. I think it was recent that we started to accept other religions. The Western countries set off the Crusades from the 11 century to the 13 century, and also we prosecuted Catholic in the Chosun era. However, in the end, the fact that we accept other religions now is a different point from IS. IS should also know how to accept other religions and to coexist.

      • proftodd permalink*
        November 28, 2015 12:18 am

        “IS should also know how to accept other religions and to coexist.”

        Yes, but how do you convince the fanatical followers of ISIS to coexist with others, especially with fanatical followers of other religions? It’s like mixing oil and water. I wonder if religion were kept a more personal spiritual matter, would there be less of a serious problem?

      • Comet permalink
        December 5, 2015 12:51 am

        Well, I think that closure of that kind of religion is the most noteworthy point. Exclusiveness, too. Although the caste system in India also used to be closed and exclusive, now, if not perfect, the system is more attenuated. So, I think extreme Muslims should open their arms and interact with the world.

  8. sleeper permalink
    November 26, 2015 11:59 pm

    I don’t know much about what the purpose of terrerists is and terrerists themselves, but in my opinion, Korea is not the fascinated country to attack for terrerists. Unlike New York or Paris, Seoul – the main city of our country – is less known than them and there are many other major big cities all over the world. By attacking the major big city, terrerists are more noticed by other countrys than that they attack not well-known city. Thus, for this reason, I think the posibility that Korea would be attacked by terrerists is low. However, this does not mean that Korea government does not have to prepare to prevent terrors. The prevention is always needed if there are high posibility of being terror or not.

    • yeye permalink
      November 27, 2015 12:27 am

      Your thinking is very persuadable. Like your speaking, we have to pay attention the terror and not overlook this. But our government is not looked well. So I am worry about it. Our country always regret after occuring accident.

    • jellyman permalink
      November 27, 2015 12:46 am

      As you said, our country is not so famous than other big cities. However, Korea is one of the traditional U.S. ally, thus famous in that side. Because of that, I think Korea is in danger, too.

    • gounn permalink
      November 27, 2015 5:47 pm

      I agree with your opinion. There are many powerful and famous cities in the Western nations. Cities in Korea are internationally insignificant. Terrorists may not feel necessity for attacking here. Korea is comparatively safe.

    • Todgo permalink
      November 27, 2015 11:28 pm

      Though I agree with your opinion too. Korea is designated as opponent from IS, there is no reason that Korea is regarded as top target from IS. I think there are many issues to deal with in Korea ,so I hope IS coverage is not used as a tool to distract the public people in Korea

  9. yeye permalink
    November 27, 2015 12:12 am

    Now all of the world was afraid of terror of IS and I was very surprised that IS terrorist attacked Paris last week. Many people suddenly died no reason. By this terror, someone lost family, someone lost lover who promised marriage and someone lost precious friends. Because of this terror, I decide to travel Singapore instead of giving up to travel United Kingdom. It makes me annoy and detest IS more and more. And I realized that Korea is not safety place anymore. The news published on today, I read the topic of IS, which pointed out some countries that they will terror. Surprisingly, among the lots of countries, Korea is included in. Actually, I was worried when I heard the news announced that in dead IS person’s wallet, Korea company card and subway ticket were in there. In this Paris terror, the boss of terrorist was foreigner who is refugees from Syria. Furthermore, a number of refugees who are from Syria, they request to enter Korea. By this, our country are not safe and have to arouse attention our security. And our government should refuse them at least for Korea.

    • Comet permalink
      November 27, 2015 11:33 pm

      Well, my thought about accepting refugees is different from yours. Although there are some perils of terrorism in Korea, there are also enormous refugees who are not IS, but need more helps. Of course, we should be wary of terrorist in disguise, but also should help the refugees for the humanitarian purpose.

  10. jellyman permalink
    November 27, 2015 12:29 am

    Of course, terrorism is serious problem to me. Even if I have no friends or family members directly affected by those terror, maybe the indirect effects of the terror can hurt me in unexpected way. If international terrorism happens more frequently, there’s no guarantee that Korea will safe from terrorism. Because Korea is a traditional U.S. ally, it is enough reasonable that many terrorist organizations attempt to attack. Besides, recently, I read an article that 10 supporters of the IS was found in Korea. Our country! It means Korea is already exposed to danger of terrorism. In my opinion, we should prepare raid from terrorists. The most famous terrorist organization, IS already warned Korea to keep their distance from United States. Therefore, specific and effective countermeasures must be planned as soon as possible.

    • RIP permalink
      November 27, 2015 2:35 pm

      I also think we have to make effecitve way to prevent terror. However, I think, Saenuri Party’s anti-terrorism bill will not effective at all. NIS already lost its reliability. Maybe the most difficult problem our country is facing now is how to establish effective system to prevent terror.

    • 5sman permalink
      November 28, 2015 12:05 am

      Yeah, My opinion is similar to yours. South Korea is no longer safe nation from terrorism of IS.

  11. gounn permalink
    November 27, 2015 1:34 am

    Recently, an act of terrorism and brutality by ISIS is a serious issue around the world. I usually have seen this new about terrorism and worried about terrorism. Korea isn’t immune to global terrorism. ISIS includes Korea into one of targeting countries of terrorism. We are always conscious of a possibility of terrorism. It’s too dangerous unless we prepare against terrorism. However, I think North Korea is much more dangerous than ISIS. The major targets for Muslim terrorist like ISIS are the Western nations such as U.S, England and France while North Korea keeps provoking South Korea great and small by various ways. Fortunately, many Korean men must fulfill compulsory military service. They are also obliged to serve in the reserves for an additional eight years after day. I was frequently trained counter-terrorism exercises when I was a soldier. I think rather various accidents are more serious issue to me. In our society, majority of the people are insensitive to safety. This insensitivity towards safety has caused a series of tragic accidents such as Sewol ferry sinking and Daegu metro fire. At the result, a number of innocent people lost their lives. The number of casualties by all sorts of accidents is far more than that of victimsby terrorism.

  12. Gloria permalink
    November 27, 2015 2:29 am

    Until now, I was not aware of danger of terrorism. Rather, I was more worried about a relationship with North Korea because of frequent provocation even occurring recently. However, the Paris terror which killed innocent citizens gave me a shock and I think I cannot have a complacent attitude about terrorism anymore. IS – which committed a terrorist act to paris – gave 9 terror notices and carried out 3 of the notices. As IS actions are more aggressive and drastic, I think South Korea is not a safe place from terror anymore. According to articles, a belonging related to korea (such as ID card) was discovered from a dead IS member and Korea comes under 60 targets which IS proclaimed. Today, although all countries try to prevent terror attack, we all can’t predict IS’s subsequent movements easily. For example, paris terror attack arose so abruptly that nobody couldn’t prevent them in advance. In case of Korea, numerous foreigners continuously come in as illegals, and there is a high possibility IS members also immigrate to korea by concealing their identities. Considering all these situations, terrorism is quite a serious problem, so it is necessary to promote awareness of the danger of terrorism.

  13. Todgo permalink
    November 27, 2015 12:57 pm

    Terror millitant like Islamic State(IS) always keep its organization through ideology and on the process, IS needs the opponent to fight for. Korea are designated as opponent because Korea is ally with US. Personally, I think the possibility of terroism in Korea from IS is not high than media expected. However, security is important in terms of nation stabilizing. We already have experienced serious accident like Sewol accient ,so we now much care about preventing accident in advance. At the same time however, it has not to be used as political method to keep the power by some political parties. In Korea, it’s called ‘안보팔이’ and I hate that because I feel like the politicians use people’s worry to their advantage

  14. peach permalink
    November 27, 2015 1:02 pm

    Now all over the world is not safe from terrorism. The recent terror in Paris really shocked people around the world. Because that place where terror was happened is very ordinary place. Everyone routinely go to Concert hall or restaurant. And Paris is one of the most visited place. Many people might visit Paris for once around you or yourself. So most people think terror can be happened to me and my close family or friends also.
    Yes as I already mentioned. terror can be happened to us either. So Korea doesn’t safe country anymore. One of the reasons is that Korea maintain friendly relations with America which is one of the major target to IS. Therefore IS treat Korea as their enemy. So we, especially Korea government should prepare against these serious terror.

  15. Lily permalink
    November 27, 2015 1:56 pm

    Is terrirusn a serious issue to me? Yes. Ofcourse. Recently, I read an article that says IS presented to attack Koreas’ Coex mall. But more seriously, Korea is also having trouble with the problem of the division. Most of our citizens are aware of the terror because of the conscription. As we all know in Korea, all healthy male adults need to go military to prepare for the possible war. That is, we know our country is not safe at all. As a member of our society, I also definitely know the seriousness of the terrorism but there’s not much for me to do for being just an university student. I’m just living day after day, struggling with my piled-up tasks to do. 😦

    • RIP permalink
      November 27, 2015 2:29 pm

      Yeah I argee with you. To be honest, I also think there are no specific things to do as a college student. But I think estabilshing public opinion about this topic as one member of society is possible.

  16. RIP permalink
    November 27, 2015 2:23 pm

    When I faced this news about Paris’ terror at first, I was a little bit shocked and thought that tragic terror also can occur in korea too. I imagined terrorists suddenly appear and kill people in a moment in places that we usually visit in our daily life like Hong Dae, Myeong-dong, and Seoul station etc. Just as I did, many people in the world were shocked from Paris’ terror and expressed their condolences for the victims through various way like ‘Prey for Paris’ campaign on face book. I think the reason why people perceive this Paris’ terror more seriously than other tragedies like massacre which occur everyday in Syria and its near areas by ISIS is the fact that even so called ‘developed countries’ like France can’t avoid danger of global terror. In other words, it is very sad, before Paris’ terror many people have regarded Syria’s tragic events as irrelevant event with them, but through the Paris’ terror they realized terrors by ISIS are not irrelevant with them anymore.
    Although our country has banned owning portable weapons and has low number of muslims, there is still potential danger of terror in Korea. According to lasted news, ISIS agent who arrested by France had korean ID card and now in korea, there are several advocates of ISIS. who are not official agent of it fortunately, and some of them were arrested by NIS. I think these facts imply danger of terror in korea. Also safety frigidity which is already epidemic in our society can be other reason. Thus I think we must notice the danger of global terror and set a preparation of it.

    • lazyenough permalink
      November 27, 2015 3:55 pm

      I totally agree with u … Korea is no more a safe country…

  17. lazyenough permalink
    November 27, 2015 3:54 pm

    It is obvious that IS is a hot potato these days. Everybody is focusing on the terror of IS. I was shocked of violent, brutal terrors of IS. They attacked not the government or armies, but normal citizens who are not guilty at all. This point makes me so mad that nations all over the world have to eradicate the IS. They are point organization which means they do not have exact fixed stable shelter or main buildings. They are just spread out all over the world, especially in East Asia. So it is pretty hard to find the chief or the place to attack. Also, if UN or other nations such as Russia, France and the United states start to attack IS indiscriminately, Not only IS, but the innocent citizens in East Asia might be killed. IS terrorism is a serious problem for the nations in Earth. South Korea is also not the safe place to stay. We should prepare for handling crisis after the coincident terrors, not to repeat the disastrous accidents such as Saewolho accident.

    • Comet permalink
      November 27, 2015 11:52 pm

      I heard that the Western countries have tried to attack military areas or facilities, which is different from IS that indiscriminately terrorize innocent people. However, as you mentioned, it is remarkable that violence can cause another violence, and also this vicious circle can damage ordinary people in the Middle East. Then, another terror organization can attack other cities again. It is very complicated, but we should resolve the fundamental problems, such as political situation in the Middle East or religious problems.

  18. peanut permalink
    November 27, 2015 4:03 pm

    I think I have thought terrorism is not relevant with our country. Although Korea is divided country and constantly threaten by North Korea, people who are not soldiers are rarely disturbed by terrors. Perhaps we get used to terrorism, which means we do not regard a terror as that awful problem. If a global terror happens in Korea, I worry that people would not think of it as serious problem. Terrors of North Korea is quite simple and usually happens in military situation, though it causes many casualties. So, we do not have strong protections that can prevent the same terror as one that happen in the France.
    We can be targeted by the Terrorism. Fortunately, yet, we are not till now, but, one day, if we are attacked by the terrorism, our protections are too weak to preempt terrors. Obviously, it would causes hundreds of victims. We need to be alert at every possibility that makes us dangerous.

    • stanley permalink
      November 27, 2015 9:47 pm

      It wil be not hundreds but above millions maybe… And, I think that we can not be targeted by terrorism, but we have already faced with it, since 1950. 6. 25

  19. 얄루 permalink
    November 27, 2015 5:25 pm

    Question for this week is hard to answer for me because I realize that I do not feel seriousness of terror directly. When I faced the news about terror in Paris last week, I’m sure I was surprised, shocked and worrid about people who attacked, however, the question that terrorism is serious issue to me, I have to answer with “No”. When I saw the news that the false ID card of IS was founded in Korea, Iwas surprised but that’s all. I didn’t worry if IS attacks Korea. Maybe the reason I cannot feel the seriousness of terrorism is I don’t grow up at the state of war so I cannot feel the dangerousness of it and become insensitive about the terror because I believe it is a far away matter for me. My friends have some similar idea about the terror that it will be not happen to us. I know it is a very serious and dangerous thinkthing but I believe Korea will be not a target for IS or the other terrorist organizations because there is no reason to attack us…

    • Comet permalink
      November 27, 2015 11:59 pm

      I think so. However, IS announced the lists of countries which should IS will attack, and Korea belongs to the lists. The reason is that Korea has a sincere relationship with U.S.So, there is likelihood that IS attack Korea, but I think this announcement is just a bait to cloud their adverseness.

  20. stanley permalink
    November 27, 2015 8:47 pm

    I have concerned for the terrorism and terrorist group individually because of my position. And, since I also have received moral education about them, I think more relevantly what problems that are now being faced and occurred. In general, as I mentioned a comment in other paragraphs, most of the people in Korea forget that we live in a world where the high possibility of provocation by the enemy still remains and we are in an official state of war, under an Armistice. We have had the strongest and the biggest terrorist group right ahead; North Korea, which has approximately 2500~5000 tons of chemical and biological weapons, nuclear weapons, and large terrorist force. However, as I mentioned before, numerous people are just interested in other country’s incidents. (Of course, they are regrettable and miserable incidents) not our serious and significant problems. I think that it is a really important national security problem. Although we are being confronted with severe terrorist threat, there are only people who are well posted in the latest incidents. So I want to say that we have to know and interest in what we are faced now, and try to arouse attention. If there are some act of terrorisms such as Korean Navy corvette Cheonan and Bombardment of Yeonpyeong, we will definitely have dire consequences.

    • proftodd permalink*
      November 27, 2015 10:31 pm

      “We have had the strongest and the biggest terrorist group right ahead; North Korea”
      While I am no fan of the repressive NK government, I think labeling them the biggest ‘terrorist’ group is an exaggeration. Actually, respected American intellectual Noam Chomsky describes the U.S. as running the largest terrorist operation. Every Tuesday (called Terror Tuesdays), Obama meets with national security staff to decide who they want to kill. After the list is made, drones are sent in to kill the designated targets. The majority of the people killed, including grandmas and children (euphemistically called collateral damage), were not the intended targets. Unlucky bystanders, to put it mildly.

      Kim Jong Eun is an international pariah; Obama won a Nobel Peace Prize. Anyways, America is fortunate to have such strong ‘soft power’ because of Hollywood movies, pop music, sports, etc., so many people seem to be either okay or indifferent with this.

      I wonder what condemnation the world would demand if North Korea routinely killed innocent people with drones?

  21. sunn permalink
    November 27, 2015 10:19 pm

    ‘terror’ itself is unfamiliar than ‘war in korea. because korean people always have some worry about the South and North War. not ending war. i think whatever we are more and more globalize, our country still have tendency to conservative and uncharted ,particulary in case of middle east culture like syria, iraqu. the image which comes up in brain is just much oil, frequent terror, fighting among middle eastern country not related korea. we sometimes is curious about the cuture but thinking more exotic and less sympathizing . the korea have antipathy to Japan and North korea resurted from the past memory like war, colony etc. also the broadcasting news alway informeus. but the korea and IS don’t have direct connect chain in religion, rigion, race, economy, cuture. that’s why we are lackadaisical in treaten circumstances. but we must know the whole international dangerby hurting even to France known as Tolerance nation was attacked. and recently in city Asan, a indonesian suopptoing IS terror is not only arrested the terror in city Asan and the IS said the 60 country including Korea will be fired. our government have to enact the terror law to prevent eventual case.

  22. mathjeongsuk permalink
    November 27, 2015 11:18 pm

    Actually, in my opinion, all the nations are potentially at risk of terror. Saeunri party’s arguement: expanding the national expenditure on defense, have a point in some perspective. However, I think the way to prevent terrorism was inappropriate. They insisted that we should transfer the authority of defensing terrorism to NIS. Although NIS is credible and reliable agent, the nation should protect itself. The history prove it. After the Independence Day in 1945, Russia and United States occupy on the north and south with the reason of protecting and developing. It was truly helpful, though, also changed the ideology and caused the future critical situation, 1997 crisis for example. In fact, in my thought, if there was no outer force after 1945, Korea would not be the divided country. In conclusion, we should worry and prepare against the possible terrors, however, we should deliberately decide how to do.

    • MINA permalink
      November 28, 2015 12:48 am

      Yes I agree with you. We should have power to protect ourselves. Yeah,,,history proves it…. and also Koreans’ mind is important. We just don’t care about war or terrorism.

  23. mingyo permalink
    November 27, 2015 11:48 pm

    Korea also needs to guard against terrorism. And I also agree with that many koreans are not aware of severity of terrorism. Maybe it’s because korea is not that big and major country. However, korea is the only country which is under….the war(?) against north korea…It’s so sad. We are just very busy to live daily life. We should concern and have attention on the other countries’ situations such as wars and terrors (like a terror that occurred in Paris) Koreans might be cold-blooded or cowards..! We also can be victims one day. And in my opinion, we have many many problems just within our country(especially political problem..) Politicians are bent on self-pear filling. Our spirits are trapped in a world of their own.

  24. asdfgg permalink
    November 27, 2015 11:48 pm

    To me, terrorism is not serious. Maybe it can say that I have little interest in issues of international society, terrorism still doesn’t matter to me. It’s not my work. I think terror is rare accident such as earthquake or being struck by lightning that I have possibility to suffer someday but don’t know when is the day. Therefore, to me, just living today and concerning about today’s worries and approaching assignments are more important rather than worrying about terror that I can’t predict. Of course, I’m afraid. However, even though terror is fear, I don’t think it’s my work. Actually, reading others’ opinions, I was surprised that they know well about terrorism and very concern about it. I don’t know why I and a number of Koreans don’t concern the terrorism. Although IS is making the world confused and proclaimed 60 countries, including Korea that they will terror, I don’t pay special attention of it. In fact, I have some thought in my unconscious that Korea has not been a victim of terrorism and will never be. However, I really don’t know why Koreans don’t seriously worry about terrorism.

    • proftodd permalink*
      November 28, 2015 12:26 am

      Yes. These days, most Western media like CNN are not news companies; they are advertising companies. To sell advertising, they need viewers. Sensationalist stories drive up viewership, which drives up advertising, which drives up profits. Fear sells.

      I think a more rational approach would be to be more aware of one’s personal safety during mundane things like taking public transportation. Also, learning about safety measures and taking them seriously would be more useful to protecting one’s safety.

    • MINA permalink
      November 28, 2015 12:47 am

      Yes I agree with you. We should have power to protect ourselves. Yeah,,,history proves it…. and also Koreans’ mind is important. We just don’t care about war or terrorism.

  25. MINA permalink
    November 28, 2015 12:42 am

    Korea also needs to guard against terrorism. And I also agree with the claim that says Koreans are not enough awared of severity of terrorism. Maybe it’s because Korea is not that big and major country. However, korea is the only country which is under…a war(?)against North Korea. We are in danger. And in my opinion, there are many problems just within our country, especially political problems. Most Politicians are bent on self-pear filling. People in Korea are very busy to live their own daily life. We should concern more and have attention to the other countries’ situations such as wars and terrors like a terror that occurred in Paris recently. Koreans might be cold-blooded or cowards. We can be victims one day.

  26. pugn permalink
    November 28, 2015 12:29 pm

    I don’t know much about ISIS and other terrorist groups, but they seem to have little interest to South Korea. Usually international terrorist groups like IS or Al-Qaeda are invloved in religious extremists who have hostility to western countries. They want to expand their influence against the West especially U.S and Europe. The horrible terror in Paris is the proof of their intention that they surprise and warn the world by terrorizing one of the most famous city in the West. Of course the terror like in Paris should never happen again but if IS want to show off their force and influence to the whole world, they might terrorize more influential and powerful western countres than South Korea. Although IS proclaimed that they will attack the countries who are not muslims and coopertate with U.S, they are the people who kill their fellow countrymen ruthlessly. They are insane and just attack anyone who are not in them or do not conform their words. So ironically we should not be afraid that South Korea is on the list of IS. Therefore for one’s safety, people in Korea don’t need to be so worried of being killed by terrorism.

  27. helen permalink
    November 30, 2015 3:22 am

    actually I didn’t take seriously about terrors since now. But after the attak in Paris I thought I have to recognise the dangerousness of terror. because Korea is not the safe countries that have military allience to U.S.A and also the last divided country that be ongoing wars with North korea. so i have thought to recognise the dangerousness to any attack or disaster

  28. Hani permalink
    November 30, 2015 11:05 pm

    Of course terrorism is a serious issue to me, because it has related my life, my family’s life, also It relates our country’s security. I agree with that Korea is not totally safety country anymore, but I try to have cautious attitude to response the terror incidents.
    Few weeks ago, IS attacked Paris so about 130 people are killed by terrorists. Many Korean shocked and got angry with that affair. Also, Korean got more shock because one of the terrorists had faked Korean’s ID card. So, people thought Korea isn’t safety country from riskiness of terror. I also feel little anxiety about the terror that we might be victim.
    However, we don’t have to accept this problem too seriously, and don’t need to start concerns about immoderate situations. Of course it is fear situation to everyone, but terror cannot be predict or prevent by citizens. So, we have to live our own life regardless of risk. Rather, this kinds of concerns can intensify the confusion to people. So, It is more helpful to act calmly, and keep an eye on global correspondence and new trends of terrorist groups. On the other hand, Korea government have to prevent the serious terror which might be occur in Korea. So, they should prepare a countermeasure about terrorism and try to keep national security.

  29. asdf permalink
    December 1, 2015 12:20 am

    A lot of people are warring about the IS terrorists attack in Korea. This is partially because Korea has experienced various kinds of white terror(political terror) and attack from North Korea. (Actually, North Korean attack are not defined as terrorism but as military acts since NK is a nation, not an private armed group.) However, to say about “IS or Muslim extremist terrorism”, I think we do not have to worry that much. It is good to be prepared against something dangerous, but we always should aware the actual fact, not being mislead by media or political groups. In Korea, Terrorism act of Muslim extremists never happened before, and also it seems that will not happen at least for few years. I think this is because Korea is one of the least attractive nation to Muslim extremists to commit terrorism attack. First of all, there will be no political influence. Western countries, which are main enemies for the evil terrorists do not pay much attention to the Asian countries. Second, Korea is one of the most armed and alarmed country. Due to the presence of North Korea, Korea has developed the most advanced national security systems. Simply, large Korean army camps take place in the distance of 1 hour from the major cities. Considering cost effectiveness, it is too dangerous and fruitless to attack Korea to Muslim terrorists, such as IS, Boko Haram.

    I think, yes. Fearful and hostile condition are always help the conservatives. It will not be the conspiracy or something, because major press like Chosun had committed fraud to raise fearful mood for many times before. As an most famous example, we can remember the “Dam of Peace” happening. A notorious military dictator, Chun Doo Hwan announced that North Korea will build a massive dam to release accumulated water to submerge the whole Seoul city. And he boldly lied to the citizens that people should pay the additional tax to build a counter defensive dam against this “water attack” Of course it had founded as a nasty lie, after an investigation, but the media and press including Chosun Daily mislead people to pay this tax. They ceaselessly emphasized the all devastation brought by the water attack. What a “damn” lie of them. Anyway, the press have played a role of alarmist, they are playing and they will play.

  30. VibeFriday permalink
    December 2, 2015 7:33 pm

    IS can’t be more of a threat to us than North Korea, and attacking us wont help their objective either yes were a significant country but were a small one attacking us won’t make a big impact to the world, it may come as a surprise but many people living on this earth haven’t even heard of South Korea.

  31. Richard permalink
    December 6, 2015 1:06 am

    As a foreign student, I have been living in Korea for nearly four years. In my view, Korea is a peaceful country,it has a good public security compared with my country. As I know, Korean is a country that has single nationality with collectivism, with the leading of capitalism, its economic also increased with a amazing speed. In my personal idea, I think Korea is much more safe than countries like America, China and Mid-east countries, because Korea had a very simple history ground, the war in Korea history were all civil war between same nationality. And Korean religions also much more simple than other countries and no conflicts between religion, this is owe to its relatively small territory I think. So I think Korean people needn’t too worry about terrorism.

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