• Sunday, February 25, 2007

    Funny old world - murdered tourists, honoured dictator and anti-semitism in Korea..

    Two Russian girls have been shot dead in their deckchairs in Pattaya. Part of a legitimate tour group the girls were on holiday in Thailand and were apparently minding their own business when a gunman walked up to them on the beach, shot them and casually strolled back to a waiting motorcycle. Official line is that they were obviously illegal prostitutes, despite being part of a legal tour group.

    Thais in Los Angeles have been protesting about the Thai military government and want power returned to the hands of the Thai people. I can't help but think they are wasting their time. On the subject of military dictators, today sees the official cremation rites of Field Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn.

    Known as one of the "three tyrants" Thanom ruled the country with an iron fist from 1963 to 1973. During the second world war he commanded a battalion against the British in Burma, after Thailand declared allegiance with Japan and war on Britain and America. He was briefly PM in 1958 and then took over from Sarit Thanarat, following his death, in 1963. His decade long rule led to accusations of nepotism - the other two tyrants were his son and his son's father-in-law - and corruption, and culminated with the mass slaughter of nearly 80 student pro-democracy protesters on the streets of Bangkok on October 14, 1973.

    Following exile in Australia and Singapore Thanom returned in 1976 which led to, understandably, protests from students. Sadly they were viciously put down by the military and police and officially 46 were killed, though many say the actual figure was a lot higher. Following his three years in "exile" all crimes were forgiven and by 1999 he was nominated as an honorary member of the royal guard.

    Jews in America and Korean Americans are up in arms at the publishing of anti-semitic cartoons in a book aimed at children, in South Korea. The cartoons imply that Jews control the world's media and all top positions.

    Translation: The final obstacle (on the path to success) is always the 'fortress of the Jews'.

    Translation: To sum it up, American public debate belongs to the Jews and it's no exaggeration to say that it (US media) is the voice of the Jews.

    Translation: 1) The reason why Arab terror struck at the despised America. 2)destroying the WTC with a suicide attack. 3) Jews use money and public discussion as weapons to make America do what they (the Jews) want.

    This seems odd coming out of Korea, have I missed something? Jews and Koreans in the States are united in revulsion towards this publication which has apparently sold more than 10 million copies already. It was designed to teach Korea's children about people from other countries. Hmm. I hate to think what they have in the British section!

    Funny old world - murdered tourists, honoured dictator and anti-semitism in Korea..



    Blogger Joe Mondello said...

    Read the whole chapter at http://monnarakorea.blogspot.com/

    2:52 pm  
    Blogger Life Out East said...

    Cheers, thanks for that.

    4:21 pm  
    Blogger Liza said...

    I suspect that much of the anti-Semitism is due to ignorance and prevalence of old stereotypes, and I'd be willing to bet that most Koreans have never actually met anyone Jewish. Several years ago, my husband and I were in the US state of Alabama, and made stops in a few small towns. For many of the people we encountered, I'm sure I wouldn't be exaggerating to say that we were probably the first Jews they'd ever met, and certainly the first people from Israel.

    That being said, it certainly doesn't excuse the contents of these cartoons.

    7:13 pm  
    Blogger Life Out East said...

    Agreed. It does look like re-hash of old myth and gossip and like the author perhaps recently read the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
    Funny you should mention your trip to Alabama, I saw the film Borat last night. If that's anything to go by there are a few in the States who would be in agreement with those cartoon. Worrying.

    10:28 pm  

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