If you’re interested in Korean affairs, then you might have heard about the sinking of the navy boat cheonan a couple of months back. I admit that I found it fairly easy to assume that it was north korea who dunnit, but then I also am aware of south korean peoples’ child-like tendency to fuck things up, not to mention the fact that we’re talking about a branch of an armed forces — that is, we all make boo-boos but when people with explosives do, we tend to hear about it.
My end conclusion was, yeah it probably was the N.koreans, but the s.koreans fudged their investigation, and rather than admit that, they started making shit up to make it look how they wanted. Again, I’ve seen minor versions of this chain of events and behavioural tendency in general life here.
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No joke, I’ve walked past portrait shops where they show examples of their work in the window, large hang-on-yer-wall things of a family that get all dressed up in their best clothes, get the photo, then have it photo-shopped (badly, I might add) onto the background of someone else’s livingroom.
What I’m eventually getting to is this 20min doco, which actually goes a step further and kind of sums it up as the Korean navy and ruling govt party as actively covering up their incompetence and pointing to n.korea as the boogeyman.
Interesting doco, and good of them to make the effort to do it in English.
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I’m no defender of n.korea – not in the slightest, but no one likes being lied to.