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August 16, 2005



Not at all, To Nuke Ye. I didn't get the wrong idea, you provided it: that all that's required for a misguided people to morph the "potential" of its rich culture (despite thousand of years of trying) is for the new rich kid on the block to beat it into submission. "Utopian Fantasy" I believe is the phrase used by NeoCon Camille Paglia to describe this fallacy. There are some unfortunate families who haven't yet shared in the "unimaginable affluence" here at home who perhaps feel it is too bad that their war-minded state cares far more about defending their own power than how many American soldiers are killed to carry out their aims.

By the way, it occurs to me that when the Pundit - with its (I think) Hindu origins - meets the Pontiff, a meeting of the minds is, in fact, not likely.


Again, you're off and running with not the game ball, but one you seemed to have picked up on the sidelines somewhere.

I take it that you're disagreeing with my suggestion that the U.S. is a utopia, although I'd appreciate it if you could direct me to the passages which led you to think I implied that.

I did unambiguously suggest that all occupations do not fail, take for example, the U.S. occupation of Japan. And that compared to its conditions before the occupation, well, the Japanese have themselves called it a 'paradise' (there was an ironic song from the 60s about drinking sake in paradise, aimed at poking fun of Japan's materialism. Nevertheless, materially, compared to the conditions in this century in which parents chose to sell their daughters into prostitution rather than starve, the Japanese are doing remarkably well.

I'd scold you for not knowing what you're talking about--I live here, you don't. But I've heard the same drivel from foreigners living here, although coming from a different angle, i.e, Japan is no paradise. She knew better than to bemoan the poverty and inequality of Japan. Nobody's that hard off here, especially compared to conditions that many elders can remember. Her tack was to say what a shame it was that the old communalism was breaking down and that people were using modern technology to do what used to 'take a village.' I thought that was a bit condescending to the old folks who, somewhere along the line, probably made sacrifices to acquire some of the technology that she looked upon as being so horrible. There are a lot of people like her--can't figure them out--they advocate strident feminism and iconoclasm (especially in their own cultures), yet romanticize pre-industrial societies. She didn't like what she encountered in Japan, ike the tourist who is disappointed that monks drive motorcycles and so few women struggle along wearing kimono.

If the above doesn't respond directly to your point, then I'd say we were just about even.



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