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Absurd claims – Korea Times

July 10th, 2008 . by Matt

In an unsigned editorial in the Korea Times called “Absurd Claims”, Japan’s claim on Takeshima/Dokdo is most absurdly criticized.

It is regrettable that Japan has continued to lay claim to South Korea’s easternmost islets of Dokdo. The volcanic outcroppings in the East Sea between the two neighbors are unequivocally part of Korean territory. All historic documents show that the islets have belonged to Korea since ancient times. A detachment of the Korean Coast Guard is currently stationed on Dokdo to defend it.

Japan’s sovereignty claim over the islets is none other than an attempt to revive its past militarism and imperialism. The Japanese navy defeated Russian forces off Dokdo in 1904, setting the stage for colonizing the Korean Peninsula for 35 years until the end of World War II. We have no choice but to express our deep concern about the Japanese move that runs counter to the universal values of peace, reconciliation and co-prosperity.

“All historic documents show that the islets have belonged to Korea since ancient times”? The anonymous writer from the Korea Times editorial staff needs to get an education on Takeshima/Dokdo. There are no Korean documents detailing Korean historical affinity with the islets, not any map or reference that even suggests that Koreans even knew Takeshima/Dokdo even existed. Absurd claims indeed.

If the editors at the Korea Times want to know about Dokdo/Takeshima, they should check out Gerry Bevers’ informational site, Dokdo-or-Takeshima, or check out the extensive Takeshima/Dokdo writings that he was written here, linked below.

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 2

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 3

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 4

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 4 Supplement

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 5

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 6

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 7

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 8

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 9

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 10

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 11

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Part 12

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 1

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 2

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 2 Supplement

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 3

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 4

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 5

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 6

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 7

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 8

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 9

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 10

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 11

Lies, Half-truths, and Dokdo Video, Maps 12

Thanks to IP for letting me know about the editorial.


8 Responses to “Absurd claims – Korea Times”

  1. comment number 1 by: Errol

    On the following link at 1:10;

    “The subject denies the evidence of his own eyes and yields to group influence.”

    At 2:41;

    “With a partner yielding drops to only 5% of the critical trials compared to 37% without a partner.”

    I wonder what the percentage is for Korea for The Dokdo Dilemma?

  2. comment number 2 by: bad_moon_rising

    “The government as a whole judges it necessary to teach about the Takeshima islands,” Machimura said. “We expect the South Korean side to react calmly.”

    Koreans reacting calmly?

    “About 40 lawmakers from Lee’s Grand National Party flew to Dokdo by helicopter today to protest the announcement, the party said on its Web site. Dozens of demonstrators burned the Japanese flag in Seoul today and one wrote a protest letter with blood from his finger, CBS Radio’s Internet news service reported.”

    Gerry should contact Nobutaka Machimura (Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary) and let him know about the Dokdo-or-Takeshima website.

  3. comment number 3 by: HanComplex

    “The government as a whole judges it necessary to teach about the Takeshima islands,” Machimura said. “We expect the South Korean side to react calmly.”

    LOL. Sorry to disappoint you, Machimura-san, but expecting Koreans to act calmly is like hoping for pigs to fly. Writing a protest letter with blood, how crude and primitive in this day and age. (At least he didn’t chop his finger.) Then again, what else is new for Koreans, people belonging to a culture that is backward and primitive despite all their LGs, Samsungs, and Hyundais. Last I heard we’re already in the 21st century. For those who know little or nothing about Korean culture, well, Koreans must be proud of giving them such a negative first impression. Good job! Fighting!

  4. comment number 4 by: Errol

    Ever wondered why the Dear Leader is still loved even though a harmless Sorkizen ajumma was killed in a territorial dispute?

    Dear enemy recognition

    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    In ethology, dear enemy recognition is a situation in which a territorial animal responds more strongly to strangers than to its neighbors from adjacent territories. This phenomenon may be generally advantageous to an animal because it minimizes time and energy spent on territorial defense, and reduces the risk of injury during territorial encounters.[1]

    References

    1. ^ Plough, F. H. et al. (2002) Vertebrate Life, 6th Ed. Prentice Hall Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ. ISBN 0130412481

  5. comment number 5 by: Errol

    Cough, cough.

  6. comment number 6 by: bad_moon_rising

    Koreans in America are just as loony as Koreans in Korea.

    Korean-Americans residing in Washington and its surrounding areas Wednesday lashed out at Japan’s new school textbook guidelines identifying South Korea’s easternmost islets of Dokdo as Japanese territory.

    “Such an act by the Japanese government violates South Korea’s sovereignty and comes from militaristic ideas which deserve criticism from the international community,” they said in a statement at a press conference, pledging not to accept the Japanese action.

    The statement comes one day after the U.S. Library of Congress, apparently in response to South Korean anger over Tokyo’s move, postponed a meeting on changing the name of Dokdo, also claimed by Japan, to the Liancourt Rocks, which had been named after a French whaling ship that first introduced the islets to Europe.

    http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2008/07/113_27726.html

    I hope the Library of Congress goes ahead with its meeting to change the name of the islands to Liancourt Rocks. Gerry might also want to let the Library of Congress know about the Dokdo-or-Takeshima website.

  7. comment number 7 by: fh

    Just now saw Gerry’s informative posts and caught a glimpse of the Korean Dokdo/Takeshima video.

    Though this is a separate matter, as I listened to the narrator’s style, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the narration in the North Korea propoganda clips that Vice covered in their own documentary:
    http://www.vbs.tv/video.php?id=1442316090


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