Searching for Souls, and Soul-Searching, in South Korea

The instant and undeniable outrage of South Koreans in the wake of the ferry tragedy is in some ways a testament to how far the country has come.
Even as South Koreans grieve, they demand competence and answers from their government. Photographer: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

The Wednesday morning edition of the Korea Times contained a fateful cartoon about the plight of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which is believed to have crashed hundreds of miles off the Australian coast. The caricature shows a submersible being lowered into the water to search for the plane, with a bawling Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak strapped to the bottom. A figure representing the families of the lost victims looks on and gives the Malaysian premier an unforgiving thumbs down.

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