American Elephants

Why Did We Fight the Korean War? by The Elephant's Child

Here’s military historian Victor Davis Hanson to explain, briefly. War is not the worst of things.


The Story of Oh by The Elephant's Child
July 22, 2012, 9:57 pm
Filed under: Freedom, History, Socialism, Statism | Tags: , ,

Over at Pajamas Media, the estimable Richard Fernandez tells the melancholy tale of Oh Kil-nam, a South Korean man who, convinced by his Marxist education that North Kora was a worker’s paradise, decided to defect there with his wife and two children in 1986. Oh, who had just completed his PhD in Germany in Marxist economics and who “had been active in left-wing groups” had no reason to doubt the beckoning invitation of North Korean officials who promised him free health care and a government job, like certain other people you may know.

He chose poorly.

Aged and broken, Oh now concludes that his “life was ruined by his decision to defect to North Korea. Seventy years old, he still does not know the fate of his wife and daughters — either dead or imprisoned in a labor camp.” His wife, who lacked the benefit of a European education,suspected something was amiss from the first.  She was aghast when he told her of his plan to defect.

“Do you know what kind of place it is?” she asked. “You  have not even been there once.  How can you make such a reckless decision?”

But Oh replied that the Northerners were Koreans too —they”cannot be that brutal”, he told her.

Ha ha ha.

Hee, hee, ho, ha, ha ha! LOL. He thought they couldn’t be that brutal. Those are the famous last words. Read the rest of the cautionary tale:

South Korea Loves Bush! by American Elephant

An enormous crowd, estimated at 15,000 South Koreans came out to welcome and praise George Bush in Seoul last Tuesday. And unlike another recent political rally, it didn’t take free beer, food and rock bands to get them there. It wasn’t the work of a political campaign or the government, this was 15,000 citizens who wanted to show their support for President Bush and the United States, even though they knew President Bush would be unable to stop at the rally.

I know this happened last week, but I still want to document it, since the “mainstream” media did their best to obfuscate and hide it, as they did with the huge pro-Bush rallies where hundreds of thousands came to cheer and welcome President Bush in Georgia, Slovakia, and other parts of eastern Europe, and across Africa. And it took quite a while to hunt down the photographs and links — to be honest, I had to capture several of them from Asian video reports because frankly, the Western media had very few pictures of the pro-Bush rallies…. Fancy that!

Contrary to the highly misleading and universally negative reports you may have read from the NYT, AP, Reuters and others, with headlines such as “Bush visit divides South Korea” and “Anti-Bush” Protesters Battle Police in Seoul”, which was later changed to, “In South Korea, Mixed Reaction to Bush” — the purpose of the protests was not to protest President Bush, or the Iraq war — the so-called “anti-Bush” protest was actually only a couple of hundred people and they were a continuation of larger, on-going demonstrations against importing US beef and in support of North Korea. But of course mad cow disease, Korean McDonald’s and communists don’t fit the desired narrative.

So, we are left to sift through the bull. Here’s what the media didn’t want you to see: [click images for larger versions]

Our military personnel in South Korea gave Bush a raucous welcome as well

Meanwhile, in North Korea…

The communists are pumping out propaganda that, aside from language, is virtually indistinguishable (warning: R-rated language) from the rants of the Air America/Daily Kos left — complete with chimpanzee comparisons! But hey, at least they have universal heath care provided by the government and their Dear Leader!

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