Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Holy Fuck! "Let's get even with Japan."

So they put a disclaimer under my piece, and then run shit like this?
It should be treated as nothing less than a declaration of war against the rest of the world. The choice of weapon in this war started by Japan is not guns, missiles or atomic bombs, but a collective sense of determination emulating that of Jewish hunters pursuing those responsible for the Holocaust.

History is important because it serves as a reminder of past mistakes and helps prevent similar ones being made. In this sense, the latest Japanese claim to Dokdo may be looked at in years to come as the seed that led to new generations of Japanese having an inaccurate sense of history, perhaps encouraging them to repeat the actions of their forefathers without worrying about the ramifications. Therefore, this might not be an isolated issue that only affects Korea but one that could tie up the rest of the world into an even bigger knot.

With Japan the aggressor in this war of history, a two-pronged campaign to defeat it is needed.

First, at the first point of contact, Korea should take a stand. Its first mission is to get itself ready for a long war of attrition, meaning that it should refrain from reacting to every action and comment made by Tokyo. Secondly, politicians must not assume that Japan will change and behave.

For the rest of the world, it should be kept in mind that Korea is the first line of defense and offense, and that if it crumbles, it would soon be the turn of other countries.

For starters, let's try to derail Japan's bid for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council.

I don't have time to go through all the bullshit that finds its way into that local paper, but will just call your attention to one of their more irritating columnists---and that's saying a lot. Columnist Kim Heung-sook has written on Japan before, once implying that the harassment of a Japanese student was justified because of the Liancourt Rock issue, and later fantasizing about Japan being annihilated by North Korea.

You know, the thing about "sensitive issues" is that they're sensitive for more than one side. If there were only one party interested, the issue wouldn't be "sensitive" it would be "popular."


Roboseyo said...

I actually shouted at my coworker to stop reading to me from the Joongang Daily editorial on dokdo.

The same way Red Sox fans used to say "bucky ****ing Dent" I now say "****ing Dokdo"

and really, that's all I'm going to say about it forever more. i'm fucking tired of talking about it, and nothing new ever gets said, and it's just boring. boring, to hear the same dull rhetoric trotted out again.

until somebody tops the bee man, don't bother calling me.

Oh, Shinsano said...

I sometimes imagine these Korean-English newspapers as being kind of similar to my college paper...a bunch of people learning as they go, trial by fire, lots of coffee and snacks. Shitty rundown newsroom. Radio. People who work there that do nothing but lie on a couch and talk. Basically playing Western Media.
But then every once in a while some dick in a position of power takes it upon himself to write something like this and everything they've learned goes out the window. Back to the propaganda machine.

hereticxxii said...

I agree that Koreans have a blatant overreaction to the issue of Dokdo over the years.

However the issue of Japanese text misrepresenting Japanese role in colonization Asia, WWII, and Dokdo as a Japanese territory is a serious issue that needs to be addressed by not only Korea, but the world community at large.

Of course setting the rabid hounds of Nationalism at the problem is hardly a way to address it.

But when it comes to Japanese Text books I believe Koreans have a legitimate gripe with Japan. How they go about it is a different story. Frankly both Japan AND Korea would benefit from settling these matters soon, by what ever effect intergovernment means are available.

Brian said...

With all the hysterics and over-the-top nationalism that goes on when Korea deals with Japan, it's very tempting to be an apologist for Japan and say "grow up Korea." And while I understand all the reasons why Korea feels Dokdo is important, most of the time I feel the dispute is pretty lame, at least how it's being carried out now, and would be better handled a different way. But, you're right about those Japanese textbooks. Very troubling.


The historical amnesia that occurs in Korea, China, and Japan is very serious and something that deserves more attention in the West. I don't think any of these historical disputes will ever be solved by the nations involved. Too much pride, stubbornness, and face at stake.

hereticxxii said...

I think there is something deeper that prevents issues like Japanese Text books, Dokdo, Japanese occupation in China, etc. Asian politicians just seem incapable of confronting difficult issues head on and instead resort to tactics like the textbooks. Which ensure that the issue will never be resolve and will crop up again and again.

Ultimately you are right the issue is immensely boring and tired. I wish they would wrap it up so S. Korea and Japan can work togather to tackle real issues in the region.