Fish Bones Stuck Deep in Their Throats Are Now Killing Americans and Their Asian Minions
Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto
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. ·