Monday, September 12, 2005

I will be posting alot over the following weekends activities after work today but i will start these posting by an editorial of the newpaper "JoongAng Daily Opinion"

I cant believe that me and a Korean newspaper actually agree on something..

EDITORIALS]Cockeyed nationalism

We are concerned that a few opposition groups advocating the removal of U.S. General Douglas MacArthur’s statue from Incheon’s Freedom Park are becoming more organized in their operations. Repeated demonstrations are now just the basics. Recently, a professor wrote in a published article that the “statue of war-crazy MacArthur must be thrown back into history.” Then came a song with lyrics such as “General MacArthur is a murderer” that is currently being widely distributed. At a rally yesterday, demonstrators yelled that the statue of General MacArthur ― “which symbolizes occupation and slaughter” ― will soon be dismantled.
These people seem to think that the world is theirs to rule. Their manner of speech seems haughty because they talk stubbornly and with sophistication without the backing of a majority of the people. They claim that General MacArthur is a warmonger, a symbol of imperialism and a “head of the occupation forces.” This is not only a distortion of reality, it is also agit-prop with evil intentions to damage the legitimacy of the South Korean government. Shouldn’t the “warmonger” be Kim Il Sung, who attacked the South? And isn’t the “Imperialist” the former Soviet Union, the country that secretly supported Kim Il Sung?
General MacArthur only led a war to end the provocation by communist imperialist forces. Why is it that these people mouth such strange logic? If, for some reason, they intend to spur anti-U.S. sentiment by their demonstrations to remove the statue, they should stop immediately. If they think Koreans are going to fall for that sort of instigation, they should know that they are making a huge mistake.
General MacArthur is the man who saved our country in the Korean War through his success in the Incheon landings, which turned the tide of the war. Moreover, his statue is a symbolic memorial of the struggle to protect the precious democracy that we enjoy today. Therefore, people who demand the removal of the statue should bear in mind that what they are saying is almost the same thing as longing for unification under communism.
Even here, these people have distorted the facts. They claim that “MacArthur only protected the freedom of a few pro-American people.” Is that true? They should be thankful to General MacArthur and the free democratic system that allows them to demonstrate like this.

Now for the Anti-MacArthur song, which I call a Outright lie.

Folk Singer Calls MacArthur a ‘Murderer’

A Korean folk singer has released a song calling U.S. General Douglas MacArthur a “murderer, timed to go off like a time bomb amidst tensions between conservative and progressive groups over a statue of the old soldier in Incheon's Freedom Park.

The song blames MacArthur for the massacre of Korean civilians in Jeju Island on April 3, 1948 and the slaughter of civilians at Nogeun-ri during the Korean War. It joins calls for the statue to be pulled down. "I released the song ahead of protests planned for Sunday calling for the statue to be removed,” singer Park Seong-hwan told the Chosun Ilbo on Friday. “I wanted to teach people about the side of MacArthur ordinary people don’t know about."

Asked if the lyrics might be too radical, Park said, "MacArthur is a war criminal who directly ordered massacres of civilians... As UN commander at the time, there are things he must take responsibility for."Between verses two and three, Park adds his own narration. "Seize Seoul. There are girls and ladies there. For three days, Seoul will be yours -- UN Commander Douglas MacArthur, September 1950." Park says historical records confirm that this is an authentic quote by the maverick commander. Park made a name for himself following the deaths of two middle school girls crushed by a U.S. armored vehicle in 2002 with the song "Fucking USA."


Ok Mr. Park please show your records of this so-called statment, I am A world history major and I couldnt not find any records of this statment. Now release the statment or shut the fuck up!


This is where I observed an English translation of this so called Bull Shit song..

MacArthur Lyrics

1.What are you thinking while gazing at someone else’s country’s Incheon sea?
With your binoculars in hand where do keep looking like that?
While you keep repeating, “Old soldiers don’t die they just disappear” do you learn it by heart?
Contradicting recommendations from home, are you asking why you are standing here? Macarthur.

2.Do you recall that day in September 45 years ago when you seized control of this country?
Do you recall announcing your declaration and opening fire on the citizens?
Do you recall putting the pro-Japanese at the front and breaking this country into pieces?
Do you recall massacring the citizens of Chejudo who desired unity and independence? Macarthur.

3. The man who ordered the good citizens of Nogeun-ri shot and killed. Macarthur.
The man that burned and killed the good citizens of Shincheon with oil. Macarthur.
Macarthur who intended to kill this entire people by exploding nuclear bombs.
What kind of benefactor is this? Take down the statue of the murderer Macarthur!

Macarthur, Macarthur, Macarthur, take down the statue!
Now, now don’t serve that false idol
Macarthur, Macarthur, Macarthur, take down the statue!
Now, now don’t erect a statue to carnage, take it down!

“Seize Seoul. There are girls and ladies there. For three days, Seoul will be yours — UN Commander Douglas MacArthur, September 1950.”

Lest we jump on the “Koreans are ungrateful commie bastards” bandwagon, as other blogs have pointed out, Park is getting absolutely crucified on his homepage’s BBS. Its in Korean is his official site with his cell phone number...

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