About the Jecheon Fire

My name is Daniel. I was an English teacher in Seoul, South Korea, and am now a writer who has
published three books including South Korea: Our Story by Daniel Nardini.
                             My heartfelt condolences to all of the families who lost loved ones in the
Jecheon fire. It is a terrible tragedy that in too many ways should not have happened. The real
problem is the fact that all safety procedures were not adhered to. The emergency exits were
blocked, and poor and even fire hazard material was built into the structure. This lack of safety 
is nothing new in South Korea. I saw this in a number of places in Seoul. While South Korea has
been making considerable improvements in safety standards, there is much still to do.  Strangely 
enough, no one is blaming President Moon Jae-in for this fire. Personally, no one should. Lax
fire safety standards has been a problem in South Korea for years—long before Moon ever
came to power. But now, I have to ask the important question why the South Korean political
left came to blame former President Park Geun-hye for what happened in the tragedy of the
Sewol ferry sinking?! Like Jecheon, this was a tragedy due to poor safety standards that have
been there long before Park ever came to power. But the political left used this as an excuse
to try and impeach her and have her imprisoned. along with the Choi Soon-sil scandal. The
political left did what they did to seize power and make sure their people were put into place.
This, in my view, is a far, far bigger scandal and crime than anything Choi Soon-sil could
have ever done. There is no question that the South Korean political left is playing a game
of saying nothing bad about anyone whom they support, and trying to portray those
opposed to them as “vile traitors.” It is equally sad that they used the Korean news media
as well as the legislature to throw out a president they did not like. So, who are the vile
traitors?