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  • OnPoint: Dear DomPost,

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1035 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Dear DomPost,

    I'm simply angry that the DomPost didn't understand any of the issues surrounding a piece that it gave half a page to, and was just some random piece they pulled off the wires. It's both negligent and ignorant.

    But were it written by a non-Japanese citizen, would the feeling be different? It was also run by the Brisbane Times, The Daily Star, Korea Herald.

    hen Admiral Timothy J. Keating, the commander of the United States Navy’s Pacific fleet, visited China in 2007, a high-ranking Chinese naval officer proposed that the two countries demarcate a “zone of control” at Hawaii,

    On April 8, a helicopter from a Chinese naval vessel operating in international waters south of Okinawa came within 90 meters of a Japanese Self-Defense Force escort ship – so close that a gun-wielding Chinese soldier was clearly visible. Japan protested, describing the incident as an “extremely dangerous act.”

    on April 21 Chinese Navy vessels sailed northward, between Okinawa and the Miyako islands, and conducted a large-scale exercise. Once again, a Chinese military helicopter circled a Japanese escort ship.

    it is imperative that the two sides develop a deeper bilateral military dialogue.

    Despite her breeding, I think some legitimate concerns are being raised here. but...

    Because a mere 137 votes can get a town council member elected, a large number of foreigners with a particular interest in moving onto the island could nominate a winning candidate.

    ...is risible, methinks it would perhaps be cheaper to simply bribe officials. Not to be apologist or downplay the true events and horrendous actions of the Japanese military prior to 1950. But there is very little comfort taken from the fact that when legitimate concerns are raised in the present day, our gaze is drawn to past humiliations. That's not the logic for a safer world.

    Were a German reporter (with dubious political leanings) to raise concerns about Israeli foreign policy....again we could probably best take these things with a grain of salt, but it's unwise to let our bias obscure the facts, especially given the brief and recent time-frame in which the issues presented here have occurred.

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1035 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Dear DomPost,

    And this is precisely why Koike's piece was so offensive - that she is criticising Chinese militarism while willfully ignoring its history with Japan.

    Solid point.

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  • OnPoint: Dear DomPost,

    I don't disagree Richard. But as I see it, half Keith's article is devoted to the problem of revisionism, and as both sides actively engage in widespread revisionism, I felt compelled to point out that it's a two way street.

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  • OnPoint: Dear DomPost,

    Not that I agree with Yuriko Koike's opinion, merely that it is an opinion, and more so, a contentious opinion; the possession and espousal of opinions being a luxury that Japanese citizens can afford.

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  • OnPoint: Dear DomPost,

    On the point of revisionism- The day both these countries can make a concerted effort to remove revisionism of their own dark pasts from their history textbooks will be a win for knowledge.

    Having Monday watched 1000 Chinese students participating in formative military training on the quad across from where I was teaching and in light of last years 60th anniversary celebration parade, in which the Pièce de resistance was the parading of nuclear missiles down the main street of the Chinese capital, I think you're going out on a bit of a limb arguing that the comparison with Kaiser Wilhelm II's Germany is that far off Keith.

    100 million people with military training?
    1.3 billion population?
    resistance against whom? This is nonviolent expansion.

    She is, to a Chinese person, what a Holocaust denier is to a Jew.

    Lest we forget, the Jews weren't engaged in a 10 year old civil war amongst themselves, refusing to allign with one another when the holocaust took place. It's easy to play the victim on that one. but If you're seriously making a call against revisionism of the circumstances surrounding the the Japanese invasion, as Confucius suggested in 200BC...

    "Don't complain about the snow on your neighbor's roof when your own doorstep is unclean."

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1035 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Reporting Afghanistan,

    "I'm not prepared to send people to a destination that I'm not prepared to come myself."

    Next week Mr Key plans to spend a night behind bars at Paremoremo, at her Majesty's leisure.

    Tune in the first week in June when Mr Key dines at Auckland's City Mission, before a fun filled night roughing it in Albert Park.

    Mawkland • Since Jan 2010 • 1035 posts Report Reply

  • Field Theory: "The complexities of the issues",

    I'd be more conced about the creeping infiltration of the clipinator into the wordosphere, forming neologisms made up entirely of prefixes.

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  • Field Theory: American Gods,

    where would NZ have had a 10 story apartment building?

    Levin was a megalopolis before the Taupo eruption.

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  • Field Theory: American Gods,

    I think Hayden's right,

    A nation turned its lonely eyes to him.

    Those listed above aren't so much pop culture icons as legendary athletes. With the exception of Buck (almost). They certainly don't feature in the lyrics of many songs of note.

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