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Fish Bones Stuck Deep in Their Throats Are Now Killing Americans and Their Asian Minions

America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy - John Quincy Adams


On July 9 Dr. Lee Seung-hun, physics professor at the University of Virginia,
spoke at a conference sponsored by Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan.

Truth always hurts. And since nobody wants to get hurt, it never sells even when it's a giveaway like mine.

That is why I came up with the trivia format several month ago. I thought facts can sometimes be substituted for truth because, after all, truth is the summation of internalized facts. I also thought by trivializing things, I would be able to make my blog pieces a little more entertaining to my predominantly American audience, and better yet, this way I would be able to help immunizing them against the pains inherent to truth.

Obviously I underestimated the brainpower of these highly-educated Americans. They instantly detected the trap I had set up on them.

Another thing I underestimated is their resolve to bury in oblivion the dark side of the history of their country.

By now I have learned from this experiment that these people have already had one or more small fish bones stuck deep in their throats and to them that is more than enough.

This is why these guys are so allergic to truth or any clue to it. They always put the reality of Pax Americana before truth.

And this also explains why conspiracy theorists in North America have found a lucrative niche market so easily.

They peddle truth that does not hurt.

If you don't want to become hooked on the addictive substance truth-seekers are markeing, you resort to cynicism, the attitude toward truth typical of highly-educated Americans today. You just keep saying, "Who can tell where to find this thing called truth?" The all-too-familiar line always leaves me wondering whether there is any difference between a prestigious higher-learning institute in the U.S., such as Obama's alma mater, and yet another vocational school or Berufsschule in Europe.

In the past they, their parents and grandparents have gulped down so many fish, including the one from the Gulf of Tonkin where sea battles were fought between the USS Maddox and North Vietnamese torpedo boats in August 1964. But among other things, the mysterious sinking of the USS Maine in Havana Harbor in February 1898 is still weighing heavily on their minds, if only subliminally.

As anyone who has studied the history of the United States knows, the particular incident prompted William McKinley to rush into the Spanish-American War, which the President had previously wanted to avoid. As a result, the United States could capture Cuba, instead of liberating it. Equally important, America could also colonize Puerto Rico, Guam and the Philippines.

Despite the fact that these prizes were officially awarded to the victor in the Treaty of Paris, the cause of the sinking of the Maine that triggered the war has remained mysterious to date. Most recently, in 1998, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the war, National Geographic Magazine had Advanced Marine Enterprises conduct an investigation into the explosion that sank the vessel.

The investigators of the institution could avail themselves for the first time of computer modeling and simulation, the technique which had previously been unavailable. Yet, they had to conclude: "The sum of [our] findings is not definitive in proving that a mine was the cause of sinking of the Maine, but it does strengthen the case in favor of a mine as the cause."

Before they could feel fully vindicated, the Americans went on an expedition to Vietnam. Afghanistan and Iraq followed decades later. And most recently, they started to ascribe the March 26 incident in the Yellow Sea to a North Korean torpedo.

Obama's response to the sinking of the Cheonan, a South Korean patrol ship, was irresolute and subdued even more than ever. He has been exercising self-restraint by reducing the sinking that claimed 46 lives to a matter of empty rhetoric in part because he thought the causeless and endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are more than enough.

Obviously there must have been another reason. Most probably he couldn't be sure that the evidence produced by the Joint Investigation Group (JIG) on May 20 was genuine. The guy must have thought, "This can be yet another 'intelligence failure'."

That is the only way to explain why Obama, Clinton and most other educated Americans have refused so frantically, sometimes even hysterically, the idea of reexamining evidence shown in JIG's report, which was released just in time for the June 5 local elections in South Korea, and amid the nation-dividing controversy over the relocation of the U.S. Marine Corps' air station in Japan.

Don't take me wrong, however. I don't care a bit about who was behind the Cheonan sinking. Neither do I care about whether the "provocative act" was actually a conspiracy.

What concerns me most is people's attitudes toward truth.

■ Does one always try to recompose truth by himself from given facts, instead of just swallowing someone else's ideology or theory?
■ Does he have commonsense to weed out fishy elements from given facts before deriving his own truth from them?

These are the questions I ask myself when I interact with anyone I do. Unfortunately, I can seldom answer my own questions in the affirmative.

Especially when it comes to those political racketeers based in the U.S., I don't know what to say.

These politicians and pundits don't normally swallow truth given by others because they have to differentiate themselves from each other for business purposes. But their supposedly proprietary theories or ideologies are all fake because they always take it for granted that any secondhand information that fits comfortably into their intellectual merchandise is genuine.

All I could tell them is that I was not born in the twilight years of the American Century either to warn these mainstream ideologues active and vocal there to adhere to the founding principles of their country, or to make a fortune myself doing conspiracy-mongering business such as antimainstream truth-seekers'.

At any rate I just can't wait until 2110 to know whether or not JIG's theory is substantiated by facts.

By now I have hypothesized that the habitual self-deception of the American people since 1898 has taken a devastating toll on their fate. So I just want to make sure, before I go, that the progress of America's decline is already irreversible.


In this context it gladdens me to know there still are a small number of cool-headed people such as Dr. Lee Seung-hun.

And now that a growing number of people, who are not like those cultist-like followers of conspiracy theorists, have started lending their ears to these voices of conscience, I may have to reconsider my statement that truth never sells.

As you can see in the YouTube video embedded at the top of this post, Lee is just saying, "Why don't we redo the probe before jumping to a poorly substantiated conclusion?"

Nothing more than that.

So take it easy, you guys.




POSTSCRIPT 1 - July 17: You may also want to look at these videos:
Lee Seung-hun - PART 2
Suh Jae-jung, political science professor at Johns Hopkins University working in Washington DC - PART 1
Suh Jae-jung - PART 2

POSTSCRIPT 2 - July 19: A news report from Islamabad has it that Clinton said in the Pakistani capital she was visiting over the weekend to the effect that the U.S. government is now redefining the goals of the 9-year-old Afghan War. Redefine the goals after the nine years of bloodshed? If the monster-seeking monster thinks she still can reset the past and start over, I want the broad to do the same magic with my 74-year-old life. ·

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Voices of Conscience
Authored by: samwidge on Thursday, July 15 2010 @ 10:19 PM JST

I cannot say that I am convinced by that presentation but I cannot either say that it is wrong. Primary explosion. Secondary explosion. Byproducts. Motivation. Previous mistakes. All these things only add to the intrigue and, as ordinary citizens, intrigue is all we are likely to get.

In the end, this sinking relates more to posturing than anything else. North Korean posturing, South Korean posturing, American posturing and pseudo-American posturing (Clinton/Obama) all are predictable. All are attempts at establishing the future.

Like the USS Liberty incident, posturing is all we will be allowed to know. In the case of the Liberty, President Johnson did a long string of very odd things in response to this strange attack. We will never know the truth. Even today, so long after the Six-Days War, large-scale efforts to cover tracks are still under way.

And so it will be with the Chenoan.

Wars happen. If you and I ascribe guilt or innocence on an international scale, we are wasting time. Guilt and innocence apply only to individuals. Even heads of state get little of the total control of most things. Sometimes you and I must consider large-scale human events to be akin to natural events. A war is a kind of tornado, a kind of earthquake that few individuals can stop.

Like a cowboy, you and I can head off part of the stampede. We are unlikely to succeed by standing in front of the charge and yelling, "Stop!"


Voices of Conscience
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Friday, July 16 2010 @ 12:15 AM JST


smawidge,

As always I appreciated your valuable input.

Let me clarify my point once again.

Here I am not saying, "Stop," as you may think I am.

Instead I'm saying, "Go ahead and reexamine these evidences which are insufficient and inconsistent with each other."

Yu Yamamoto
Voices of Conscience
Authored by: samwidge on Friday, July 16 2010 @ 07:40 AM JST

You and I agree that there is no harm in reexamining. If there is to be war, this sinking is already history and further attempts to establish cause of the sinking mean little. It is said here that the Maine may have been used as a pretext for a war that was already in the planning stages. We will never know.

I cannot help but wonder about the larger situation. What will happen next? Certainly something else will happen? What is the most unlikely provocation? What unreasonable paradox will materialize?

Will there be another torpedo? Will there be new volleys across the border? An important defection, perhaps?

I think that predicting unreasonable paradox is where you shine. Knowing that major events of happy and unhappy kinds will happen, what might they be? What could be done to prevent them or promote them?

If a top-selling book were to be published right now, the most popular would be one that explores the possibilities. Gordon Chang's "Nuclear Showdown," an examination of the possibilities of North Korea's new capabilities, had two distinct strengths: a) It had acceptable sales at book stores. b) It served as a textbook for diplomacy professionals. It was so good that it remains in use today.

It is here that you offer expertise that others lack. What are the chances that another nation could offer North Korea some new technology unavailable to others? What if some South Korean nuclear specialist defected to the North?

The Pacific Rim's volcanoes and earthquakes have been relatively quiet in the area of the Koreas. Isn't it about time for the earth to shift in some major way?

War rooms of South Korea, North Korea, China, America, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom are now the scenes of planning for every possibility they can think of. It must be noted that the people in those war rooms are intelligent, focused people, incapable of imagining all the possibilities. They cannot imagine certain things because they speak only to each other and not to the world at large.

That is where you, on the outside, come in. Only Yuichi Yamamoto can suggest what might happen when the ocean rises five feet more and when bananas become a popular Korean crop. Only you can imagine a Russian blockade of one country or the other.

Tom Clancy imagined and predicted real events. Those predictions prevented greater cataclysmic events. Arthur C. Clarke imagined geosynchronous satellites and they became reality for everyone only because he imagined.

I wish you would speculate on these things.

Voices of Conscience
Authored by: Y.Yamamoto on Friday, July 16 2010 @ 08:58 AM JST


Dear samwidge:

Thanks again.

Although I am an experienced planner, I'm afraid I am not a good forecaster. Who knows for sure what others will do tomorrow? And who cares?

I've been known to be an avowed doomsayer. If I were to foretell what will happen next, all I can tell is that we are all heading for ruin simply because the old world must die down before the birth of a new world.

I'm in the dark about physics, but my physics teacher told us that a total amount of energy in an isolated system such as this universe always remains constant.

So, once again, I don't give a damn about what's to become of this world currently dominated by the United States.

I don't believe in any theory or ideology. All that concerns me are the people whose faces and voices are familiar to me.

When my time comes, I'll die wishing them a happy time for the rest of their lives. I won't give a damn how the Cheonan incident will unfold in the future.

Yu Yamamoto