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Dear Editor:
Regarding Matthew Park's letter in your December 16 issue, no matter how we feel about the fairness of continued US military presence in South Korea, I don't think it's fair to bash the US based on this one incident. Certainly, when US soldiers committed crimes in Japan, we have seen that they have been prosecuted and the media covered those. I don't know enough about the incident in Korea but perhaps there was a reason why no one was prosecuted. Perhaps it was determined to have been an accident and not a criminal matter. Just because no "main US media" covered the story doesn't mean there was some kind of injustice or that the US values Korean lives cheaply. Thousands of crimes and incidents of all sorts right here in the US are not reported by the major media. The recent and horrific Kansas murder trial of five people by two ex-felon brothers were not covered by the major print media (although it was on Court TV and the Drudge Report.) As far as the Korean businessman in Mr. Park's letter, what was the complete story on him? Was he a US citizen, a permanent resident, here on non-immigrant visa, or has no status? We don't know. Even though Mr. Park was being sarcastic and asked a rhetorical question, I don't think a US citizen like Mr. Park has to worry about the INS detaining him at the airport because of traffic violations or even any major criminal matter (I suppose if a naturalized citizen is known to be a terrorist the INS might be able to detain him or her at the airport). The Korean businessman was probably not a US citizen. If he were, all he needed to do was to show proof of citizenship and be released. If there was a pending criminal matter, the police, sheriff, or federal authorities would take over custody of the person, but not the INS.

Liem Doan, Esq.



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