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"Talking without understanding"



The security forces are being criticised for getting involved in non-security matters.
The army is the nation's defence. How the state chooses to use it is the nation's independent right. Those who criticise and question the army's contribution instead of appreciating it are prejudiced. Shouldn't a disciplined and organised institution like the army be mobilised to control natural disasters? After we took responsibility of the security of national parks the results have been encouraging. Water resources areas are being preserved. If we discontinue our duties there, who will benefit? Should our contribution to international peacekeeping based on the nations foreign policy be stopped? Those who are ignorant of sensitive issues like security speak meaninglessly about them.

But the army is said to be involved in central and district administration.
The army is loyal to the law and the constitution. Even now the CDO is legally the most powerful person in a district. The army still respects this system. The security forces are only mobilised after district security committee consultations, the civilian administration still holds supremacy. This is clear from the fact that not just majors but even generals take part in meetings at the CDO office.

The army is seen to be micromanaging administration.
If you have good intentions anyone can give suggestions from a common citizen to the highest-level official. It is false to say that the Defence Ministry dances to the tune of the security forces. Those who have no knowledge of security are waving flags in Asan saying whatever they want about the army.

The Defence Ministry's letter regarding the closing of Communication Corner to controlling organisations has not been taken as an independent decision.
The Defence Ministry is higher than the army and we are confident that it can make independent decisions.

The army is accused of disregarding the government during the 12 years of civilian governance and increasing its activities after February First.
The claim that the army's relationship with the governments of different political parties were weak or that the army did not follow their orders is imaginary. Those who are shouting against us should pinpoint which cabinet order the army did not follow. Otherwise they can't cook up stories especially since we are dealing with a sensitive issue like security.


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