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This file photograph by the U.S. Army taken in July 1950 and provided by the U.S. National Archives in College Park, Md., on Monday, May 5, 2008, is one of a series of declassified images depicting the summary execution of South Korean political prisoners by the South Korean military and police at Daejeon, South Korea, over several days in July 1950. The investigative Truth and Reconciliation Commission estimated earlier this year that at least 100,000 leftists and supposed sympathizers were hastily shot throughout South Korea and dumped into makeshift trenches, abandoned mines or the sea in 1950 after communist North Korea invaded the south. (Photo/National Archives, U.S. Army, File)

Western massacres outnumber communist atrocities 6 to 1:
Children 'executed' in 1950 South Korean killings. By CHARLES J. HANLEY and JAE-SOON CHANG (AP, WP, 12/7/08, Salon.com). Government investigators digging into the grim hidden history of mass political executions in South Korea have confirmed that dozens of children were among many thousands shot by their own government early in the Korean War. The investigative Truth and Reconciliation Commission has thus far verified more than two dozen mass killings of leftists and supposed sympathizers, among at least 100,000 people estimated to have been hastily shot and dumped into makeshift trenches, abandoned mines or the sea after communist North Korea invaded the south in June 1950. Similarly, the North Korean occupiers and their southern comrades at times killed policemen and others associated with the rightist regime after summary "trials." But the commission says petitions relating to executions of leftists outnumber by 6-to-1 those dealing with right-wingers' deaths.


CHARLES J. HANLEY and JAE-SOON CHANG, Associated Press (3 Aug 2008): Seoul probes civilian `massacres' by US. South Korean investigators, matching once-secret documents to eyewitness accounts, are concluding that the U.S. military indiscriminately killed large groups of refugees and other civilians early in the Korean War.
BBC (21. April 2000):
Evidence of Korean war killings

BBC, John Sudworth (18.8.08): Unearthing proof of Korea killings. Just a handful of 160 suspected mass-grave sites have been uncovered so far. In total, they are estimated to contain the remains of more than 100,000 civilian prisoners and suspected leftists. And there is strong evidence to suggest that the 1950 summer of slaughter took place in the full view of South Korea's American allies.
Visit The South Korean "Truth and Reconciliation Commission" for further information. 

Mass Killings Of Leftists In South Korea In 1950 Kept Hidden From History by CHARLES J. HANLEY May 18, 2008
Zehntausende Koreaner wurden von der Pro-US-Junta ohne Prozess ermordet. Im "freien" Westen wurde die Nachricht jahrzehntelang unterdrückt und bewußt verschwiegen.
Charles J. Hanley and Jae-Soon Chang, AP DAEJEON, South Korea: (Hundred-)Thousands killed by US's Korean ally. Grave by mass grave, South Korea is unearthing the skeletons and buried truths of a cold-blooded slaughter from early in the Korean War, when this nation's U.S.-backed regime killed untold thousands of leftists and hapless peasants in a summer of terror in 1950. The southern army and police emptied South Korean prisons, lined up detainees and shot them in the head, dumping the bodies into hastily dug trenches. The mass executions — intended to keep possible southern leftists from reinforcing the northerners — were carried out over mere weeks and were largely hidden from history for a half-century. They were "the most tragic and brutal chapter of the Korean War," said historian Kim Dong-choon, a member of a 2-year-old government commission investigating the killings. The commission estimates at least 100,000 people were executed, in a South Korean population of 20 million. That estimate is based on projections from local surveys and is "very conservative," said Kim. The true toll may be twice that or more, he told The Associated Press. n addition, thousands of South Koreans who allegedly collaborated with the communist occupation were slain by southern forces later in 1950. In the late 1940s, President Syngman Rhee's U.S.-installed rightist regime crushed leftist political activity in South Korea, including a guerrilla uprising inspired by the communists ruling the north. By 1950, southern jails were packed with up to 30,000 political prisoners. The southern government, meanwhile, also created the National Guidance League, a "re-education" organization for recanting leftists and others suspected of communist leanings. Historians say officials met membership quotas by pressuring peasants into signing up with promises of rice rations or other benefits. By 1950, more than 300,000 people were on the league's rolls, organizers said. evidence suggests most of the National Guidance League's 300,000 members were killed. "Orders for execution undoubtedly came from the top," that is, President Rhee, who died in 1965. The life of the commission — with a staff of 240 and annual budget of $19 million — is guaranteed by law until at least 2010, when it will issue a final, comprehensive report. When British communist journalist Alan Winnington entered Daejeon that summer with North Korean troops and visited the site, writing of ''waxy dead hands and feet (that) stick through the soil,'' his reports in the Daily Worker were denounced as ''fabrication'' by the U.S. Embassy in London. (NYT, May 19, 2008).

Is Time Running Out to Dig Up S Korea's Mass Graves?
On a cold February night in 1951, South Korean troops moved swiftly to take a communist guerrilla stronghold on Bulgap Mountain, at a county called Hampyeong in the Korean peninsula's southwest corner. By the time they scaled the ridge, the rebels had fled. That's when the bloodshed began. Suspecting the villagers in the area had helped the enemy, the soldiers made them kneel in a trench, then shoved sharpened bamboo sticks down their throats and shot them.
"As we can see, the military reports were manipulated," says Park Sun Ju, chief of the excavating team. The group has also investigated American carpet bombings used to rout communist forces during the war, a practice it claims killed thousands of civilians.  (Time, Nov. 27, 2009)

South Korea Confirms Nearly 5,000 Civilians Killed in Wartime Massacres. Commission Recommends Official Apology for Bodo Massacres.
As South Korea’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission continues its probe into the “Bodo Massacres,” the heretofore little examined slaughter of civilians by fleeing South Korean forces during the start of the Korean War, the commission announced that it has so far been able to confirm 4,934 Bodo members put to death in mid 1950. The commission recommends an official apology. The Bodo League was a South Korean government re-education program aimed at integrating suspected Communist sympathizers into South Korean society. When the war broke out, South Korean officials massacred a large number of the group’s members and their families, ostensibly to prevent them aiding the communist North Koreans. The nearly 5,000 confirmed people is only the tip of the iceberg, according to the commission, which says they amount to only about 10% of the overall deaths in the massacres. (antiwar.com, 11/27/09).

Untold thousands were executed in the 1950 Bodo Massacres