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Moon Backer Responds on N.
October 13, 2006
Editor's Note: Below is a
comment from a supporter of Rev. Sun Myung Moon in response to our
story, "Moon, North Korea & the Bushes":
I consider myself a member of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's movement, and
have read Mr. Robert Perry's article on the relationship between Moon
and North Korea with great interest. However, focusing on possible
violations of a rarely used law that forbids financial transactions of
some sort between American nationals or residents and some countries is
rather disingenuous. The undoubted fact is that Moon's efforts in the
early 1990s opened up to the rest of the world for the first time since
the Korean War what was an incredibly closed and isolated country.
Moon's motivation, as best as I can discern it, and one consistent with
the facts reported in Perry's article, was that he was interested in
bringing about the unification of North and South Korea, a goal that
many Koreans of both countries would applaud.
My understanding is that Moon's chief purpose in establishing the
Washington Times was to promote the fall communism, under which Moon had
suffered during the Korean War, and which he believed was responsible
for much of the world's misery at that time. The Reagan administration
could be characterized as anticommunist, and the Washington Times'
support of Reagan can be seen as Moon's efforts in the direction of
thwarting international communism.
Once the Berlin Wall came down, Moon pushed for reconcilliation while
many conservatives were seeking retribution. His outreach to North Korea
can be seen in this light.
The fact that the editorial policy of the Washington Times often seems
at odds with Rev. Moon's own goals is a demonstration of that
newspaper's independence. I do not consider this so-called independence
a good thing, particularly when I sense that Rev. Moon is rather unhappy
about the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, while it appears that
the Washington Times supports it.
I quote from a speech delivered by Moon in March of 2006, where he
speaks of the construction of a tunnel under the Bering Strait to
promote world unity.
"Think of how much money the world is wasting on war. Humanity needs to
realize that we are committing fearful sins in the presence of history
and our descendants.
"Let us take an example. How much money has the United States spent on
the war in Iraq during the past three years? It is approaching $200
billion. That budget would be more than enough to complete the Bering
"In this age, war is a most pimitive and destructive means of resolving
conflict, and will never lead to lasting peace. Now is the time, as the
prophet Isaiah taught, to beat our swords into ploughshares and spears
into pruning hooks. Humankind should end the perverse cycle of war,
which only sacrifices our children's lives and squanders astromomical
sums of money."
Any conflict between these words and the editorial policy of the
Washington Times can, in my opinion, be ascribed to the so-called
"independence" of the Times.
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