April 10, 1989 |
More than 10,000 men in green combat fatigues mounted a recent pre-dawn raid on a shipyard in the southeastern port city of Ulsan, attacking the facility by land, air and sea. The blitzkrieg ended within 40 minutes. As the shipyard filled with smoke, it was evident that the enemy had vanished. It sounds like a scene from a Korean War film or maybe a drill from the "Team Spirit" exercises, which the U.S. military conducts with South Korean troops every spring. But this maneuver was for real--one of the latest episodes in South Korea's increasingly bellicose labor relations.