ITFUnity I appreciate your view point on the value of using TKD for political purposes but I cannot condon the General's actions.
Nor do I. Now these are sensitive & complex issues. As such they by the mere nature have no easy answers. I can truly understand the resentment & bitterness many can have towards General Choi for using TKD & the ITF to advance his political agenda &/or to fullfill his dream of a united homeland that he loved, especially when some of his loyal men were not political in nature, but Gen Choi was. He was a general, an ambasador, a founder of the ROK Army & director of army intelligence. So he would have a different viewpoint. others viewing his actions will of course judge his actions based in part by their own political views, or lack or ignorance of complex issues. I also fully understand that he put his most loyal men at risk, as well as their familes. I do not take issues like this lightly.
The end does not justify the means.
Yes, no & sometimes, depending on viewpoint, context etc.
I just think that we cannot look at one event in isolation and critize people's actions. I see that all too much. We have to look at the totality of the information and then still realize that we were not there and in many cases can't really understand the forces at play.
I agree & apolige if anything I said was interpeted wrongly as me being critical, as they are sensitive & complex issues
I am quite sure that the General's main goal was to go to NK but I cannot say if it was the only goal. We cannot determine if he was appeasing the other master's by agreeing to go to South Korea. Very good point, which I can not negate & must also consider!
In addition the way you write it makes the General sound altruistic which I would say is not necessarily so.
Yes I see your point.
I would also add that while I don't know if his motives were 100% altruistic, I could also make any arguement that he never should have used TKD as a tool for these, even if altruistic motives, as it was not just his TKD & his actions impacted others in a very serious way.
I can also argue that his introduction of original TKD gave NK a powerful propaganda tool, which can be negative.
Or I could argue that the same introduction did afford an opportunity for NKs, the most isolated place on the planet to have a view of the outside world by both hosting TKD people there & sending their people abroad, which can be positive.
It is an age old debate, do we isolate enemies & take a provactive stance or do we engage with our enemies & take a softer stance? Left vs right, liberal vs conserative, hawks vs doves, etc.