Saturday, October 08, 2005

Sir, the 21st Century Welcomes You

While this piece isn't all that interesting, it does have a remarkably anachronistic statement, in which it suggests that Iraq "could become South Korea, an authoritarian state on the road to future prosperity."

Was this piece written 20 years ago? He can't possibly be referring to the South Korea of the 21st century. The last three presidents, from Kim Young-Sam to Roh Muhyeon, have all been opposition figures. It is something like the 11th largest trading nation in the world. If South Korea is authoritarian and prosperity is only in its future, what then is North Korea? A land incapable of sustaining plant or animal life?

Stop watching the MASH re-runs (it was never that funny anyway), and pick up a newspaper printed since 1988. If Iraq became like South Korea, it would be success beyond our fantasies.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous10:29 PM

    I stopped watching MASH when they started referring to South Korea as part of SOUTHEAST Asia. Twits.