Thursday, April 19, 2007

South Korean Community Deeply Ashamed Of Virginia Tech Gunman

Deep sorrow and sadness is running all through the South Korean community, both in the U.S. and in South Korea that one of their very own committed such a terrible act at Virginia Tech. In Seoul, many persons are participating in public memorials to the Virginia Tech victims including a shrine at the American Embassy, including statements of sorrow from the nation's president, Roh Moo-Hyun. Roh expressed hopes that this terrible "incident would not come between the two countries in any way".

The parents of Cho have been hospitalized for the extreme shock and shame that their mentally disturbed son caused them. Even the ongoing protests over the free trade agreement with the U.S. have been impacted, with calls from many in South Korea to suspend them for now.

However in the perspective of over 93, 700 Korean students in education within the U.S. on student visas, which is equal to about 15% of the total of all exchange students, the fact that only one single individual carried out the terrible acts over at Virginia Tech is quite small and solely the act of one individual only.

There should be no collective sense of shame among the South Korean community. South Korean's are very decent, honest and hardworking persons, and are many of the very best of citizens in the United States. There is absolutely no way in which this entire community should share any shame for the acts of a single individual who had serious mental health problems that went largely untreated. South Koreans are largely and overwelmingly excellent law abiding citizens, and in no way should feel shame for a horrible event that they share no absolutely no responsibility for. But their heartfelt sentiments of sorrow are deeply appreciated by all Americans, which prove the great friendship that those in the South Korea share with all Americans. And all Americans can be very grateful for this expression of solidarity with their very good South Korean friends.


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