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Why South Korea's Terrible Times Aren't Over Yet

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As a member of South Korea’s special forces in the 1970s, Moon Jae-in stood out.

Most soldiers at the time exhibited the patriotic fervor demanded by then-dictator Park Chung-hee, whose government routinely locked up sympathizers of North Korea. Moon’s unit awoke most mornings to a song declaring: “Knock down Kim Il Sung, smash up North Korea.”