Farewell Korea, I Loved You So (Act III)

Andrei Marks · August 17, 2007

More of the same from the Global Journal (世界报), 07-08-15 print, on page 7 under the Specialist News Commentaries section. The author is Yuan Li, who prepared it for this paper. I’ve been slow to type this one up.

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Moxi Lin also believes the Luwushenme government’s negotiations with the Taliban are weak, because in their isolated state, they can only offer economic or financial assistance as an exchange. Lin firmly believes that the South Koreans can accept this means of securing release. Gu Jie optimistically believes that with the continuing delays in this hostage crisis, the Taliban will accept the money in the end, and the prospects for the release of the prisoners is high. “The Taliban’s tribal leaders should now be intensely debating how to deal with these 21 South Korean hostages, and they will certainly have many different ideas, like whether or not to harm the female hostages. It must be known that the Taliban and “base organizations” are different, their faith in Islam is firm, but at the same time there are many different places whose customs and habits must be respected,” expressed Gu Jie, who once lived in Afghanistan, “I believe the Taliban will, in the end, be able to compromise, and accept this ransom money. A monetary exchange to the local tribes is an acceptable means of resolving this situation.


Translator’s notes:
- Not sure what the Luwushenme (as in I don’t know the last character is) is, I suppose whatever the Korean administration in charge is.
- Sorry, not much to write, I’m tired! More tomorrow!

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