South Korea struggles with the fallout from of the murder of Kim Sun Il.
SEOUL (AFP) – Anti-war passions flared as South Korean activists vowed to block the dispatch of more troops to Iraq and the government banned a video of the beheading of a Korean national in the war-torn country.
South Korean anger was triggered by the brutal killing of 33-year-old hostage Kim Sun-Il by his Islamic captors after President Roh Moo-Hyun refused their demand to cancel the deployment of more than 3,000 extra South Korean troops to Iraq starting in August.
Pro- and anti-war demonstrators took to the streets of Seoul and anti-war groups said they would stage mass rallies on Saturday in cities across the country.
…The anger of the anti-war activists focused on the government for standing firm on the troop dispatch instead of bowing to the militants’ demand, with some directing their rage at the foreign ministry, accusing it of bungling the attempt to free Kim.
Seeking to cool passions, the South Korean government said it would punish Internet service providers who showed graphic video footage of the beheading.
“We have asked local Internet service providers to block the possible spread of footage showing Kim’s beheading,” a Ministry of Information and Communication official told AFP.If there is anything we’ve learned; it is that Al Qaeda is only interested in killing. Attempts to free Kim were an exercise in futility.
Previous coverage (updated with links to the video).
Update: Joe Gandelman calls it a “noble exercise in futility.”
Update 2: Korean Internet User Launch Hacking Attacks on Ogrish.com. Perhaps they should head on over to JihadWatch and get the addresses for the web sites of the more militant Islamic groups…