Posted September. 22, 2009 07:59,
A book released yesterday said the late former President Roh Moo-hyun considered himself a failed leader, saying before his suicide, What I hold now is memories of failure and frustration.
Success and Frustration President Roh Moo-hyuns Incomplete Memoir features the 90-page incomplete draft written for his memoir immediately before his death. Also included is what he wrote on an unofficial Internet club and off-the-record interviews along with the unfinished draft.
Im ready to accept the ruling of the judiciary process. Ill live with a repenting heart, he wrote when his family and associates were investigated for bribery. He said he wrote the memoir because the only thing a suspect can do is write about his past.
I hope you can understand and embrace me, but also hope I will not be burdensome in the advancement of democracy and history, he said.
A month before his suicide when he watched his son Gun-ho go to a prosecutors office surrounded by reporters on TV, Roh said a camera can become a lethal weapon.
Roh also clarified his supporters strong opposition in pursuing a free trade agreement with the U.S. and dispatching Korean forces to Iraq.
On the agreement, he said, I want to make sure that liberal political activists must check policies through a scientific verification process.
On the troop dispatch, he said, History could see this as the wrong choice but it was an inevitable choice for a president.