Sunday, April 17, 2005

China and Japan - Perspective Needed

The recent protests in China against Japan's use of politics to distort history (sort of like the Intelligent Design campaigns to distort science in North America) are a mixed blessing. On the one hand they are an example of the Chinese people banding together in the support of what is right. Perhaps a bit of practice in this kind of political expression will one day be of use on domestic issues. It might even do the younger communist officials some good to see political expression in a non-threatening context so they can see that free expression is not the anarchical, societal melt down that the older generation of Mao muddled mental patients seem to think.

On the other hand, when they see expressions like the banner outside the Japanese consulate saying "Be vicious towards Japanese devils!" it might be a good opportunity to point out the difference between protesting a policy, which is politics and protesting a people, which is hate. The communists by and large control the media so it would be no problem to do this but it would require using reason and intelligence. Something that organizations which like to control the media are not strong in.

But then Japanese politicians are caving in to populist nut buckets who are in denial about Japan's actions in the Second World War so let's not forget them in this brew-hardie-har. The global supply of reason seems to have peeked long before the global oil production. So...

Japan: History goes in textbooks. Propaganda goes in pamphlets that crazy people give out on the street corner.

China: Stop using the irrationality of the Japanese government to distract your citizens from their current mistreatment at the hands of Maoists. (My spell checker wants to replace Maoists with maggots. That seems a bit harsh. But perhaps my spell checker has more first hand experience with the Chinese authorities than I do. I have heard rumors that Uzbekistan boils terror suspects alive. I can't wait to see what my spell checker thinks about that.)

And both nations: Don't pretend you did not read this blog. You know you did. Everyone reads this blog. Everyone who matters anyway.


At Tue. Apr. 19, 09:09:00 a.m. 2005, Anonymous Sunni said...

"Everyone reads this blog. Everyone who matters anyway."

Nice to know I matter ... even if that also means I'm a sinner. ;-)

At Thu. Apr. 21, 06:31:00 p.m. 2005, Blogger Apesnake said...

Sinners are the only ones who matter. They are also more fun to be with than saints.


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