Thursday, August 19, 2004
USA: Korea's most important ally
Korean politicians from the left-leaning Uri party, voted America as Korea's most important country with which to maintain amicable ties (North Korea came in a distant second...)
This is a picture from a rally held last Sunday. Damn, I'd hate to think what would happen if we slipped down to #2 ally.
Anyway, I'm sure South Korean President Noh will soon offer a heartfelt apology to the States for this defiling of our national symbol, just as he did when some activists burned a North Korean flag a year back. I mean, we are their most important ally and all.
In case you didn't know, last Sunday was a holiday to celebrate their independence from Japan.
Celebrating your independence from Japan by shredding the flag of the country directly responsible for your country gaining said independence: that makes sense...I think...
I can't wait for Iraq to become a free, productive, democratic nation after thousands of American lives have been sacrificed and billions of dollars of US aid has been poured into the country so they can be as grateful as the Koreans are today.
I just happened to ride the subway last weekend in the same car with about 40 or so student protestors on their way to a rally (probably the one in the picture). About 12 of them were female and on a scale of 1-10 they averaged about a 2.5 on the looks scale. Let's just say I don't think they were giving up any hot dating prospects that weekend by going out to the demonstration.
Anyway, that reminded me of an old post I had about the causes of anti-Americanism. Allow me to repost:
Anti-Americanism in Korea:
It's hard to speak in generalities about such a complex issue, but that's never stopped me before! Here are the main causes:
20% of the time the "anti's" have valid points [Note: percentage can raise as high as 45% during Republican presidencies].
25% of the time they just need a scapegoat to take their attention off their own fucked-up country and lives [sexual frustration may be a key component here for some Korean students; Korean student protestors usually ain't so easy on the eyes and that pent-up energy has got to go somewhere...]
25% of the time they actually don't know exactly what they are protesting, but are just going to the most recent demonstration because their boyfriend or club circle is going and they are deathly afraid of being left out of the group.
30% of the time it is just a case of impotent rage and blind jealousy OF THE MOST ASS-KICKINEST JUGGERNAUT OF AN EMPIRE THAT HAS EVER ROCKED THIS WORLD!!! YEEHAW!!!!!
[blog author pauses to get his guns and shoot several rounds in the air]
Note: Picture of flag shredding swiped from Corsair the Rational Pirate site. He may be a pirate, but at least he's one of the rational ones. The name of his blog gave me an idea for a killer punk band name: Irrational Butt Pirates. I'd definitely check out a band named Irrational Butt Pirates.