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Chalmers JohnsonIn May 1980 the South Korean army deliberately and with extreme brutality massacred hundreds of unarmed civilians un the city of Kwangju. The victims were protesting military rule in the country and asking for democracy. High U.S. government officials knew of this slaughter, did nothing to prevent if, and then tried to cover up what they had condoned. The Americans included President Carter, who wanted desperately to prevent another 'Iran'; Bill Clinton's former secretary of state, Warren Christopher, who relayed Washington's orders to Seoul; the current U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Richard Holbrooke, who in 1980 was assistant secretary of state for East Asia; General John Wickham, the American military commander in South Korea who controlled movements of the South Korean army; and U.S. Ambassador William Glysteen, who gave the green light to the Korean militarists to attack Kwangju. None of them has ever been asked to account for these acts. The American news media collaborated in the almost total cover-up of these crimes against humanity. Perhaps this book will begain to bring American responsibility for the Kwangju massacre into the open.
—(Chalmers Johnson, author of Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire)