What is Songsam's political affiliation in "Cranes"? Is he communist or democratic? Support your answer.

Songsam's political affiliation in "Cranes" is democratic. We know this because he's now a police officer charged with the responsibility of escorting Tokchae, a former vice-chairman of the Farmers' Communist League, to another police station.

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The short story "Cranes" is set during the Korean War, in which the communist North Koreans invaded the South, precipitating the intervention of a combined United Nations force under American leadership.

Essentially, the Korean War was fought over two radically incompatible political visions for the country. On the...

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The short story "Cranes" is set during the Korean War, in which the communist North Koreans invaded the South, precipitating the intervention of a combined United Nations force under American leadership.

Essentially, the Korean War was fought over two radically incompatible political visions for the country. On the one hand, there was communism, as practiced by the North Koreans; on the other, there was a kind of authoritarian democracy that formed the basis of South Korea's political system.

In "Cranes," it is clear that Songsam is on the side of the South Koreans. We know this because he's been given the responsibility of escorting a Communist prisoner to another police station. The prisoner in question, a man named Tokchae, was once vice-chairman of the Farmers' Communist League, and he's been arrested on suspicion of being a spy. That would explain why Songsam asks him several times what his mission is.

Even so, Songsam's commitment to democratic values is somewhat tenuous, to say the least. Instead of doing his duty and escorting Tokchae to another police station like he's supposed to, he unties him and allows him to make a run for freedom. Songsam and Tokchae used to be close friends when they were little, and it would seem that, for old times' sake, Songsam is prepared to overlook the huge ideological gulf that separates him from Tokchae.

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