Thursday, October 20, 2005
WHO SAID IT?
"Until we discover ways to eradicate evil from the hearts of those who wish us ill, those who accept the duty of standing that post will risk, and tragically lose, their lives so that we here may enjoy our freedom."
@&% simplistic theocon!
Monday, October 17, 2005
THE PITFALLS OF LANGUAGE
Interesting piece by one of the State Department's top Korean interpreters. The whole thing is interesting. Among other observations, I like this one:
In contrast to the American media description of North Korea as a "Stalinist Communist state," I have come to see it as a Confucian nationalist monarchy, based on traditional Korean values and reflecting the bitterness born of foreign invasions throughout Korean history. In Confucian society, loyalty to the ruler and respect for elders are basic tenets. The iconic stature of the late "great leader" Kim Il Sung isn't that different from the Confucian image of a divine ruler.What is missing from this description, however, is a good dose of 20th-century Japanese-style militarism.
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Don't you think if you have only one cartoon about affairs of the day to create you could at least get the spelling right? (link here).