Ever since the United States troops landed in Korea in September 1945, there has been, what some call "an alliance", unlike any other relations between two so very different countries and cultures.
The history and characteristics of this relationship since then has changed over time from a "blood-tied ally" that protected South Korea from North Korean aggression, to a "partnership" and is now the time for us, the people of the two countries to rethink our future relationship in the 21st century.
According to a survey conducted in July-August 2002 by U.S. based Pew Research Center, seven out of 10 Koreans were opposed to a U.S. led war against Iraq, showing the strongest anti-American sentiment among Asian nations.
This is in a striking contrast to an report in 1965 showing that some 68 percent of Korean people chose the United States as the country they favored most, while less than 1 percent of the respondents said they hated the country. What could possibly be the reason for this change of attitude in this relationship?