Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Stranger than comedy

I used to have something of a sideline in crafting bizarre, borderline humorous satires of politics and foreign affairs in the areas and waters about Japan.

Since becomine president, Roh Moo-hyun has horned in on my action and stolen all my mojo.

Rifts widen over North Korea
Financial Times

Meanwhile, a bitter spat between South Korea and Japan escalated as Seoul became more critical over Tokyo's tough stance towards Pyongyang. Roh Moo-hyun, the South Korean president, said Tuesday night that the suggestion by some Japanese officials that Tokyo should have the capacity to make pre-emptive attacks on North Korea was a threat to peace in north-east Asia.

"Japan's attitude may cause a serious situation threatening peace in north-east Asia," said Mr Roh. "That's why we can no longer back off."

Let me see if understand His Excellency correctly.

Firing real offensive missiles at random in the direction of inhabited areas is not threatening peace in Northeast Asia.

Talking about a hypothetical right to target missiles on their launch pads is.

You cannot make this stuff up.

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