Thread: GSP and his "Rising Sun" Gi
11/19/2012 5:12pm, #81
11/19/2012 7:41pm, #82
look, most countries have done terrible things, both in times of war, and peace. most religions have advocated killing in the name of their god at some point, and most cultures are guilty of slavery, inequality, and generally evil **** at one point or another. even buddhists are doing some fucked up ****, like setting boatloads of starving muslims out to drift in the open sea and die. humans are a pretty sorry lot, if you ask me.
i feel the most legitimate complaint that can be raised after the fact (after prosecuting individual war criminals when possible) is that these issues are often glossed over in history books. japan has been very guilty of this, but they are hardly alone, and even history books that do cover these atrocities often do not go into nearly enough detail.
so people can get all worked up over a flag, or a symbol, or a word, but really they should be demanding that the history is taught, so that the coming generations are aware of the history, and can decide what direction they want their country to go into, taking into account the mistakes of their ancestors. that's the only way that we have any chance at getting any better at not killing each other all the time.
so say you're korean, and you hate japan for the war crimes. you get upset when a small group of fanatics march around and wave a flag, and go to a shrine to war dead. i don't think hating japan is a very productive way to move forward, and think you should focus your hate on *those douchebag fanatics*, or the education system that keeps information out of history books.
better yet, if you really want to **** with the ultra right wing japanese imperialists, befriend japanese people. spend time in japan. i have. it's fun, and it's their worst nightmare. when i am in tokyo and the right wingers come driving by in their van with the speakers on top blasting their hate, i wave and give them a big smile. it really pisses them off."Face punches are an essential character building part of a martial art. You don't truly love your children unless you allow them to get punched in the face." - chi-conspiricy
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11/19/2012 8:05pm, #83
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11/19/2012 8:18pm, #84
If we can select leaders who abhor slavery and inequality, we will have taken a step in the right direction. Bitching about symbols isn't productive; that flag doesn't hate, discriminate, enslave or kill. The body that the flag supposedly represents and their policies are the issues at hand.
11/19/2012 8:37pm, #85
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If it comes down to either you or me I will do what it takes to make sure that me and mine have the warm bed and hot meal.
Also if it comes down to me having a luxury sports car or you having shelter well guess who has an Audi S4.
11/19/2012 8:38pm, #86
You know what, I'm going to reverse my stance completely.
I bet this is a huge political statment by GSP. Homeboy just threw down the gauntlet.
He won't stop winning until Russia gives back the northern islands! BONZAI!!!!!!!!
11/19/2012 10:28pm, #87
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11/20/2012 12:19am, #88
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It's a symbol, it can't hurt you.
Folks around here need to lay off the caffeine, and take a breath.
11/20/2012 1:11am, #89
11/20/2012 1:41am, #90