Four questions and answers that help you understand the crux of the matters.
First Question: Isn’t “Operation Golden Lily” a myth?
The Answer: No. ROXAS v. MARCOS, the 1998 ruling by the Supreme Court of Hawaii is an indisputable documentary evidence that firmly established the truth of Operation Golden Lily.
Operation Golden Lily (kin no yuri in Japanese) is a codename for the Japanese imperial army’s effort to secure the war loot it took from China and Southeast Asia during the Asia-Pacific War, the theater of World War II. At the final hours of the war, the Japanese army, unable to carry the war loot to Japan, hid it underground or underwater in territories that they had occupied until then and withdrew to Japan. In the Philippines, this loot is known as Yamashita’s gold.
There are many who made fortunes by obtaining access to the treasures hidden in strategic spots across Asia by the retreating Japanese army. Among them was Ferdinand Marcos, the dictator of the Philippines who ruled the country with an iron fist until 1986 when he was ousted and fled to Hawaii. In 2005, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that “The Yamashita Treasure was discovered by Roxas and stolen from Roxas by Marcos’s men. Roxas was tortured and imprisoned, giving rise to human rights claims valued at $6 million. … The Estate of Roger Roxas and the corporation (collectively Roxas) won an initial judgment against Imelda Marcos and the Estate of Ferdinand Marcos. Roxas v. Marcos, 89 Hawaii 91, 969 P.2d 1209 (1998).”
The 1998 decision by the Supreme Court of Hawaii, summarized in the above decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, ruled that “there was sufficient evidence to support the jury’s determination that Roxas “found” the treasure pursuant to Philippine law,” that “Ferdinand caused Roxas to be falsely imprisoned,” and that “Ferdinand converted the treasure that Roxas found.” In law, the word “converted” means “to appropriate illegally to one’s own use.”
Second Question: Isn’t Mr. Jeong Crazy?
The Answer: No. Mr. Jeong is not crazy. Not only is he not crazy, but he is far above the average in terms of brainpower. As anyone can see from his speech and writing, Mr. Jeong is logical and coherent. He also has an impeccable memory far exceeding the average and befitting a nonfiction writer that he is. Mr. Jeong has published six volumes of nonfiction so far. His book about Jeong Soon-deok, the last Communist armed rebel captured in 1963, after ten years of hiding and ransacking following the end of the Korean War in 1953, is praised even by the Leftist media as “painstakingly crafted work.”
Above all, not even Baek Jun-heum who says Mr. Jeong is crazy believes Mr. Jeong is crazy. Otherwise, why would Baek enter into a contract with Mr. Jeong on March 26, 2002 to give Mr. Jeong 350,000 US dollars for a share of the treasure found just days before? Is Baek Jun-heum crazy, too?
Baek and others claim that Mr. Jeong is a con-man who swindled many investors out of millions of dollars. Those investors include multi-millionaires. Are these multi-millionaires stupid enough to be swindled by a deranged man? Or are these millionaires crazy, too? Of course not.
Those who believed Mr. Jeong’s claim are not just rich investors. Mr. Jeong’s claim has been quoted and favorably reported by South Korea’s major news outlets including SBS, CBS, Newsis, Sisa Journal, Weekly Hankook, HanKyung, and a host of others. Are these media crazy, too?
Most importantly, a former CIA agent Richard P. Lawless, who became Deputy Under Secretary of the US Department of Defense in October 2002, entered into a Confidentiality Agreement with Mr. Jeong dated November 29, 1999, which states that Jeong and Lawless “wish to engage in a joint project to excavate a possible site of a former Japanese military installation in or about the city of Busan, the Republic of Korea, and retrieve any findings at the site.” Is a former CIA agent who was to serve as the Pentagon’s top civilian official on Asia and Pacific affairs in just three years gullible enough to be fooled by a crazy man and enter into a legal agreement with him? Certainly not.
Therefore, it is proven beyond a shadow of doubt that Mr. Jeong is not crazy. He is a perfectly sane man with a great memory and proven research and writing skills.
Third Question: Isn’t Mr. Jeong a Swindler?
The Answer: No. The proof is Mr. Jeong’s life itself. For a sane person to commit a fraud, he must have a motive. In other words, a sane person would not commit a fraud unless he expects financial or personal gain. The fact that Mr. Jeong is a sane person has already been established. Then what kind of gain can Mr. Jeong reasonably expect from pursuing this case for the past 16 years if he full well knows that there was no gold to begin with and thus no robbery? Absolutely nothing. Indeed, nothing but tremendous harm.
Why would Mr. Jeong risk his life accusing the current occupier of the Blue House, Moon Jae-in, of robbing gold if Mr. Jeong knows that Moon Jae-in could not possibly have stolen the gold because there was no gold to begin with? Does Mr. Jeong have a personal vendetta, so strong enough to risk his own life and fabricate all the documentary evidence to frame Moon Jae-in and others? Is this whole story about the hidden gold in Busan nothing but an overblown lie concocted to frame Moon Jae-in? Then why did Deputy Under Secretary Richard P. Lawless join Mr. Jeong in his pursuit of gold for two years until 2001? Was Lawless in a plot against Moon Jae-in, too?
For the sake of clarity, let me rephrase the same question one last time. Why would a swindler keep pursuing a case for 16 years even after imprisonment, writing a fully documented book about it, contacting journalists and experts, relevant associations and government authorities whenever he could while knowing full well that he is lying and there is no gold? Think about it. Mr. Jeong is even incriminating the current occupier of the Blue House. For what gain? To sell his books? He could easily go to jail and all his profits confiscated and more. Even the life of Mr. Jeong is being threatened by those whom he accuses of the gold robbery and the subsequent cover-up. Would any sane person knowingly lie to expose himself to death threats without any possible gain to hope for? Would you?
Mr. Jeong’s life conclusively proves that he is not lying because no one lies to harm himself.
Fourth Question: Isn’t Mr. Jeong Honestly Confused?
The Answer: No. It is logically impossible for Mr. Jeong to be merely misguided. Mr. Jeong was refused access to the Moon-hyun dong tunnel where Mr. Jeong claims to have found gold on March 21, 2002. Baek Jun-heum, Kim Seong-tae, and others physically blocked Mr. Jeong from accessing the site. This is one of the many reasons why Mr. Jeong became convinced that they were hiding something: the newly found treasure.
If, as Baek and Kim suggest, the tunnel Mr. Jeong found was just the tunnel dug in the 1990’s and not the former Japanese military installation, and there was no gold, then why on earth did they deny Mr. Jeong access to the tunnel? Was it just because they feared that Mr. Jeong might use the tunnel as a means to deceive potential investors into believing that the tunnel was made by the Japanese army, as they claim? Were they taking proactive action to protect gullible investors from deception?
The answer is an emphatic No. The 50th episode of the “Million Dollar Mysteries,” SBS TV’s documentary program aired on May 17, 2004, covered the controversy over the Moon-hyun dong gold. As the host of the program suggested, the best way to convince everyone that there was no gold in the tunnel was to give Mr. Jeong and others an unrestricted access to the site before a gathering of the press to demonstrate the fact that there is no gold. But Baek, Kim, and their co-conspirators refused to do so and chose to completely block access for six months until September 2002. Why? Because there was gold and they needed time to secretly remove the gold before they opened the site to the press for the first time in September 2002. This is the only possible logical conclusion one can infer from their otherwise unreasonable course of action.
Finally, if there was no gold, why are there people who threaten to murder Mr. Jeong and also Mr. Kim Ilsun, whose YouTube channel is the only media exposing the cover-up? The answer is obvious: That there was gold, that it was stolen by Moon Jae-in and others, and that Mr. Jeong was falsely imprisoned by Moon Jae-in and others, just as in the case of ROXAS v. MARCOS, the 1998 ruling by the Supreme Court of Hawaii that firmly established the truth of Operation Golden Lily.
To sum up, there is ample evidence that proves the truthfulness of Mr. Jeong’s claim about the robbed gold in Moon-hyun dong. A reasonable person can easily reach this conclusion if he considers all the evidence with open-mindedness and fairness.