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Korean and Japanese Soldiers in Iraq: Korean Soldier Demonstrates ‘Friendship’ 合成写真 합성 사진 

August 6th, 2005 . by Matt

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The sign says ‘Dokdo is the territory of the Republic of Korea’

Apparently the Korean soldier maneuvered the Japanese soldiers into taking a ‘friendship photograph’ in order to make this childish political statement, saying that the disputed island between Korea and Japan belongs to Korea. While there has been much joy in Korea about this photograph, Koreans are so self centered that they havent considered this:

*These kind of antics will make it even harder for Japanese to trust Koreans

*Once the Japanese soldiers realize what happened, it will damage their morale and make working with the Koreans in Iraq harder, jeopardizing the mission

*Did the Korean soldiers think about the kind of treatment these Japanese soldiers will now recieve? Even though they were tricked, they will be the subject of much criticism and mockery. Perhaps they will even be punished. Then they will say ‘I made the mistake of trusting Koreans’. What will Koreans say then?

*Japanese people will think twice about extending the hand of friendship to Koreans again

This is a truly disgraceful act. Rather than glorifying this soldier, Koreans should feel ashamed. ***

***Update: Some Korean netizens are saying that the picture is photoshop, some insisting it is real (although only a couple seem to think its a bad idea – indeed, fake or not, most seem to approve). See the controversy here.

***Update2: Mithridates makes a convincing argument that the picture is fake.

***Update3 – The final analysis: According to this site, the software responsible for the altered image was either Canon Powershot or Adobe Photoshop. The uniforms of the Japanese Army that were called into question are apparently genuine. The green garb means that they are intending not to fight in the desert, and shows peaceful intentions. Also on the Japanese version of Naver, some Japanese guys demonstrated the technique. Still, it left behind a lot of angry people, here, here, and here.

So we know the photo is fake. My last post should have kept me on guard for Korean fake photos, yet for a while, I was taken in. The lesson is still the same as what I wrote above – it becomes harder to trust Koreans. Luckily, I caught it within around an hour of posting.


56 Responses to “Korean and Japanese Soldiers in Iraq: Korean Soldier Demonstrates ‘Friendship’ 合成写真 합성 사진 ”

  1. comment number 1 by: 夢島

    The discussion is rather interesting, so I figured I’m butting in.

    Kage// Your ‘opinion’ is false, because most Koreans do now how to ㅕread and write Kanji (漢字), its just that we don’t use a simplified version as the Japanese do.

    Matt/ You seem to be a bit off logic here.
    . The lesson is still the same as what I wrote above – it becomes harder to trust Koreans.
    What a big generalization.
    With the same logic, could I deduce that ‘All Japanese men are perverts, as they enjoy f*cking men of their daughter’s age.’ from all the stories that I here about of 援助交際 in Japan?

    It seems that you enjoy employing means of ‘justiying’ Japanese actions/superiority by lowering the Koreans, but honeslty, that doesn’t work as you hope.

  2. comment number 2 by: 夢島

    You seem to be more reliant on excuses/justifications of atrocities, let’s say, ‘possibly done by the Japanese, to evade responsibility. Well, to me, it looks like the logic of a five year old trying to avoid punishment for doing something wrong, and lying again.

    You should think of something possibly more productive; I don’t know how far dissing the Koreans, but it won’t get you far, but perhaps more lower. それはあまりにも幼稚だ.

    A cocktail of propaganda and racism may make you feel superior at the moment, but honestly, I wonder how you’d look at yourself perhaps a decade later.

  3. comment number 3 by: Mika

    Some Koreans admit Koreans are generally untrustworthy.

    A Country of Liars by Kim Dae-joong http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200507/200507030027.html

    ‘무고’ 일본의 4100배 (‘誣告’ 日本の 4100倍)http://www.naeil.com/news/politics/viewnews.asp?nnum=198802&sid=E%20&tid=9

  4. comment number 4 by: Matt

    Kage// Your ‘opinion’ is false, because most Koreans do now how to ㅕread and write Kanji (漢字), its just that we don’t use a simplified version as the Japanese do.

    韓國은 第二次世界大戰後에 漢字를 放置했으니까 現在는 大多數의 韓國人이 漢字에 대해서 無知합니다. 이러한 簡單한 文章도 읽을 수 없습니다.

  5. comment number 5 by: dogbert

    from all the stories that I here about of 援助交際 in Japan?

    In case you did not realize, this is big in Korea too.

  6. comment number 6 by: randomcow

    In fact, the Koreans will claim they invented it first, and the evil Japanese copied their idea.

    RC