U.S. troops have been stationed in South Korea
since the start of the Korean War
more than sixty years ago, but it wasn’t until this month that
any were fired on by South Koreans, according to Stars and
Stripes, which reports:
[T]he first time it [a police shooting in South Korea]
happened this year came when an ;officer
fired three shots at a car and wounded a U.S. soldier ;this
month, according to the National Police Agency.
It also is believed to be the first time that a South Korean
officer has shot a U.S. Forces Korea servicemember.
The March 3 shooting, which followed a high-speed car chase across
Seoul after three soldiers were involved in a BB gun shooting,
landed a private first class in intensive care and led military
officials to apologize for a prank that went bad…
Two of the soldiers have admitted to taking BB potshots in a
crowded intersection in front of the Hamilton Hotel, with
a ;corporal saying she did so “for fun.” ;The shooting
prompted one civilian to place an emergency call shortly before
midnight on March 2 and report that foreigners were targeting
South Korean cops fired their guns just 20 times in all of 2012.
Police say the soldiers reversed the car several times and struck
one officer in the knee. According to Stars and Stripes,
first told military police that the private first class had
been “shot by Arabs,” before revealing the truth. The military
won’t make a decision on whether to prosecute any of the soldiers
involved until after they’ve gone through the South Korean judicial
More than 25,000 U.S. troops are stationed in South Korea.
Several years ago Cato’s Doug Bandow estimated that the cost to the
U.S. of keeping those troops there ran to
more than $15 billion a year (as much, Bandow noted, as South
Korea spends on its entire defense budget). Politifact
tackled the issue ;last year when Donald Trump claimed that
South Korea didn’t pay the U.S. for the protection it received,
finding that South Korea pays around $670 million a year as per a
“burden sharing” agreement. ;Doesn’t seem like much of a
shared burden compared to the $15 billion total price tag for the
U.S. (and estimates for U.S. costs have ranged
up to $40 billion).
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