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Controversial South Korean comic pulled

By Karl Schneider     March 17, 2007

Far Countries, Near Countries
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A best selling children's book will be pulled from stores after a the publisher met with a prominent anti-Semitism watchdog group that accused the author of spreading messages echoing Nazi propaganda.

The comic series, titled Far Countries, Near Countries, has sold more than 10 million copies since it was first published in 1987.

One of the books contains a chapter claiming Jews were the driving force for the hatred that led to the September 11th attacks, that they exert control over all U.S. media and also prevent Korean-Americans from succeeding in the United States.

The author, Rhie Won-bok, said he would consider how to change the book and would undertake an "all-out revision." Earlier, he had maintained despite the criticism that his depiction of Jews was accurate and insisted he was not anti-Semitic.

"I'm sorry to see things like a frog in a well," Rhie said Thursday, referring to a traditional Korean saying that a frog in a well is unaware of the larger world outside. "In the future, I will write books in a more responsible way."


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madmanic999 3/17/2007 4:39:11 AM
What is the greater evil, a book pointing at anti semitism, or a writer being told that he can't write what he feels... that's a big debate... and a headache
michaelxaviermaelstrom 3/17/2007 5:56:28 AM
re: One of the books contains a chapter claiming Jews were the driving force for the hatred that led to the September 11th attacks, that they exert control over all U.S. media and also prevent Korean-Americans from succeeding in the United States. Without Context, it's impossible to make a judgement call on their judgement call of his judgement. (so naturally, that's precisely what Maelstrom is going to do - Ed) *cough* Yes. I would stipulate that Points 1 and 2 are correct in a vacuum. IF one assumes he means American support of Israel led to 9/11. Yes, And? how is that anti-Jewish? Who would deny that? "The friend of my enemy is my enemy" is fairly commonly understood to be a universal axiom. Muslim extremists make it clear they "hate" America for its arming and support of Israel. Muslim moderates are let's say "displeased" with America for its arming and support of Israel. All around, America's support for Israel is not a terribly popular move with Muslims. and it obviously did play a big part in the indoctrination-arguments that were fed to the retarded Airline-stooge-boys that gave up their lives (and the lives of thousands of others) essentially so that Bin Laddie-buck could have a couple of days feeling his life had some greater meaning. ..followed shortly of course by him spending the rest of his pathetic life hiding in a cave while his retarded stoogeboys were BarbQ'ed to a crisp, disgraced the world over, and of course died for said egomaniacs self-aggrandizing anti-Jewish-success anti-American-success juvenile spiteful cause. but they ALSO hate us for freeing our women - it's claimed it's religious in origin but apparently they don't know that we know that their motivation for their treatment of women has nothing to do with religion. They just don't want their pussy getting uppity. We know this because, well, who the frag would? We tried to control our pussy over here for as long as we could too. But the difference is we KNOW why we were really doing it. It was fairly self-evident. We were controlling our pussy in order to CONTROL OUR PUSSY. These poor sods actually believe their own pseudo-religious pussy-control arguments. And of course, they hate America for being a superpower. ..particularly as they feel that with their self-percieved higher-morals, ergo with God favouring them, they ought be more successfull than America! Yes? Nein. Unfortunately it's rather disturbing and obviously enraging to them that it's the precise opposite - America is the superpower and continues to succeed and thrive. et cetera.. So while there are no shortage of "reasons" the extremists hate us, the U.S aligning with their Jewish religious enemy, is definitely one of the BIG stoogeboy-indocrination rationales that led to 9/11. So imo he scores a point for that point. And it's not anti-Jewish for him to say it. Per se. point 2 re: Jewish control over U.S media. This is also true. Partially. the extent that when 3 people are in a room, and 2 of them have a common cause, the one that has no cause, tends to be less prominant than the other two that have a common cause. As it were. In other words, everytime a Jewish person located anyplace in the U.S media structure sees an issue that he believes something ought be said or done about, he will have no problem finding a fellow Jewish person to do or say that something about it. But it's not (I don't believe) an organized Jewish illuminati style power-council conspiracy as some people preach as a prelude and pretext to espousing their racism. (*cough* KKK *cough* Evangelists *cough* Neo-Nazi's *cough*) but it IS a form of media control none the less. So IF he was observing the Jewish _influence_ on U.S media is rather substantial, I'm giving him that point too. (and obviously if a Jewish "anti-semitism watchdog group" is actively attempting to influence a South Korean author, that is pretty well much a confirmation of that point isn't it? that is defacto an attempt by a Jewish group to influence media) However point 3: Jews prevent Korean-Americans from succeeding in the United States. !? WTF. Norman Co-Ordinate. THAT I have to say would raise red-flags to me that this bloke may be leaning towards being anti-semitic. Perhaps not intentional Nazi _propaganda_ style anti-semitism so much as Paranoia-fueled rationalizing, I would think. I would say something like "there is an alternate explanation for his views other than anti-semitism per se. There is an air of secrecy about most Koreans I encounter. They're often intelligent, quiet, passive and observant. They appear to do a lot of thinking. And with too much thinking eventually comes over-thinking and consequently paranoia". ..but then any validity in my point would probably be overshadowed as I'd probably be charged with stereotyping Koreans. :D Anyway, to the larger point of any "debate" over Free Speech, I agree with his final statement. "In the future, I will write books in a more responsible way." I don't believe you should condemn a blind man for not being able to see, but once he can see, once he is aware or made aware of the power his words can carry, it is important and incumbant on him to exercise some responsibility for his words. Which is NOT to say that he should censor himself. But is to say, that he should be intellectually honest and honestly know what he is saying, and BELIEVE what he is saying. Because in my observation there are a shiite load of a)impresionable people and b)morons out there that will believe anything they read. -mXm
VerbalKent 3/18/2007 10:16:40 AM
Good lord... does anybody actually read michaelxaviermaelstrom's rants?
jamesdalton 3/18/2007 3:51:07 PM
michaelxaviermaelstrom... Yeah, there's just one thing. It's a CHILDREN'S BOOK. Children believe anything you tell them, at face value, because they're children. And children are stupid, impressionable. That's where the danger of it possibly being propaganda comes into play...
muchdrama1 3/19/2007 3:02:49 PM
Mike's not ranting...he's just trying to bore us to death. So, no, I don't read his crap. And with that...what does everyone THINK was behind the bombing of the towers? The Arabs hatred for "The Muppets"? Of COURSE they hate our support of Israel and the Jews. And you know what? They'll always hate us for it.


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