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South Korea's Chomskyite Flunkeys: Op-Ed by Professor Lee

Asia Times Online

Sung-Yoon Lee is the Kim Koo-Korea Foundation Professor in Korean Studies and Assistant Professor at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University

North Korea's confirmation of the dismissal of Jang Song-thaek, Kim Jong-eun's uncle and number two man, unwittingly makes South Korea's main spy agency, National Intelligence Service (NIS) - anathema to Pyongyang and the South's left alike - look good. 

The day after NIS broke news of Jang's dismissal last week, the nation’s left-leaning main opposition party turned the tables on the NIS. Its spokesman questioned if the NIS were "playing high politics of timing", ie, engaging in political conspiracy. The logic? The NIS is under investigation for alleged systematic interference in last year's election that led to President Park Geun-hye's victory. It’s also under attack from the country's radical left for allegedly cooking up false charges of sedition against Lee Seok-ki, an opposition lawmaker of a fringe leftist party. 

The South's conspiracy-mongering left and their foreign supporters basically share North Korea’s worldview forged by a narrative of US imperium vs North Korea the underdog, in which the pro-US South Korean government is a "flunkey". For example, the democratically elected Park Geun Hye administration in Seoul is a "puppet" regime that "play[s] the coquette with" its master, the US imperialists. 

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