sheesh, man, I tried to explain days ago this in the great debates. The Chinese wanted an apology. Finally, they got a great big wet “very sorry for having to make an emergency landing in China”, which according to the wire reports I read, when combined with a quarter would be worth at most twenty five cents. I don’t see where the US took responsibility for anything. And you know fucking what, the next day they let the crew go. So, did american embarress herself on the global stage and take full responsibility for the incident by making an “apology”?
China colonized? WTF, remember Hong Kong reverting to China on 1 July 1997? That was a British COLONY on Chinese soil less than 4 years ago. Think about it. some Americans can still get pissed off that we were colonized up by the British until 1776. Pre-1949, The French, Germans, Japanese and British all had foreign concessions here in China. Said concessions were foreign soil, and foreign law applied. Remember a lot of what the foreign companies operating in China did was to sell opium to the Chinese. Hong Kong was grabbed at the behest of Opium traders. Read James Clavel’s Taipan for a fictionalized account. (But don’t watch the movie, I was an extra in the flick and even I couldn’t stomach more than 20 minutes of it.) The Americans were too weak during the Chinese land grab at the end of the 1800’s, and so took the moral high ground that colonies in China were a bad thing, which is the only reason why we didn’t have one.
And yep, I agree, if the Chinese want international respect, they should learn how behave in a statesman like manner. Embassy bombing was a case in point. Perfect opportunity for the Chinese to take the moral high ground. (We could get into the real story behind the embassy bombing, but that is another subject entirely.)
Astroboy, what pissed you off about the smugness of the Chinese official from Hainan Island? I mean, shit, he pissed me off too. So does my boss, so does Baby Bush. Pick some jerk local government official from a tiny island off of the most backward state in the US. Doesn’t matter which state, just pick your worst stereotype. Let him know that Baby Bush is personally gonna award him an Oscar for life if he makes a convincing performance on international TV, and how pleasant do you think that’s gonna look? Or have you never been in bumfuck USA and ran into a cop with a bad attitude that didn’t like the way you looked? Hainan is where political exiles have been sent for centuries and the waves are too damn small for surfing. It’s fucking criminal, nice beaches, hot tropical weather and surfing just blows.
Hey Monkeyking and Sofa King, what if the Chinese boycott american goods? Did you know the Chinese buy over two BILLION chicken feet a year from the US? Where the hell else can we unload that many chicken feet if China doesn’t buy em? Think about it. That would kill Tyson Foods. Do you own shares of McDonalds, Coke, Motorola, Kodak, AIG, Budweiser, Abbot, GM, Ford, Boeing? You want these shares to all tank, drag down the stock market even lower, really spark a recession, put god fearing americans out of work and let the French, German, Japanese and other industrial exporters all get a leg up on american big business? Good idea, let’s get a big boycott going on both sides of the pacific.
[Multiple posts deleted and “regret” for the posting accident accepted, albeit against the wishes of the SDMB military hardliners. -Alpha]
[Edited by Alphagene on 04-12-2001 at 09:39 AM]