The Park years were certainly regressive times for the south of the country. Nevertheless this doesn't mean that South Korea's president should be in any way jaded by those who jibe that she is “daughter of a dictator.” She has recently made apologies for the human rights violations her father committed during his rule of the country. Furthermore her stated goals are very encouraging, especially when one looks at the situation of the wider region around South Korea's borders. Her election campaign calls “to open a new era on the Korean peninsula, based on strong security and trust-based diplomacy,” are certainly attitudes one would like to see prevail. Instead of confrontational rhetoric that would instead serve to ratchet up tensions between north and south.
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