R.O.K. A-OK In Iraq


I suggested yesterday that the butchering of South Korean captive Kim Sun-il by Islamist terrorists would, like the murders of Daniel Pearl and Nick Berg, actually steel military resolve in Iraq. A number of commenters agreed that that was true for the U.S. but wondered whether the Republic of Korea's government would feel the same way.

It seems as if does. According to The Scotsman, the R.O.K. is standing firm about sending 3,000 troops to Iraq, supplementing its force of "several hundred" that are already there.

Shortly after the horrifying Nick Berg tape surfaced--effectively diminishing the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, which had just broken--Reason's Charles Paul Freund wrote this trenchant piece about how such atrocities backfire on their perpetrators.