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Bush Is an Asshole

but the biggest snuff artist of the 20th century is apparently OK:

History has dealt China a dirty hand. It had famine, it had Mongol invasions, it had British colonization and the Opium War. It had Japanese invasion and the Nanjing Massacre. It is no stranger to atrocity. And it never had enough land. Not good land, anyhow. Fate dealt it the Gobi Desert.

In spite of these limitations, Mao Tse-tung managed to consolidate the country, to kick out the European and Japanese colonizers, to instill a one child policy (which India has yet to do), and to embark on the Great Leap Forward. And what a leap it has been.

Classic, Rick. Just classic. As my good friend Hamel asks in the KT comment section, this is satire, right?

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  • Benicio74

    Yes, as has been said before- the communist leaders of genocide seem to get a pass with some people!

  • peter63

    While it is hard to disagree with the maxim ‘let he who is without fault cast the first stone’, the writer needs to better organize his writing (and thoughts) to make a stronger argument.

  • user-81

    Why is Bush an asshole?

  • tormsen

    Mao was an asshole too but he was a necessary asshole. I pretty much agree with the retrospective assessment of the Chinese government that he achieved a lot while creating some colossal screwups.

    I refuse to accept that Mao is in the same league as Stalin, Hitler and Pol Pot. Intent matters.

  • bumfromkorea

    I think Bush is a dumbass (I’ve been told that he is a really nice and cool guy in person…). Mao is the asshole.

    Just a fact-finding question… did Mao committed greater slaughter than Stalin, or is it vice versa?

  • http://rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    Why is Bush an asshole?

    Well, they are quite close to one another…

  • James

    Mao managed to kick out the European and Japanese colonizers?

  • http://rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    No, and he may have killed 70 million people, but who cares — he meant well (see #4). And at least for Mr. Ruffin, he’s not Bush!

  • Inkevitch

    He also invented aluminium so we could make foil hats to stop the aliens from stealing our thoughts.

  • R. Elgin

    Mr. Ruffin should spend more time reading, thinking or fishing — whichever helps him more because the writing is not working out for him.

  • Arghaeri

    “Yes, as has been said before- the communist leaders of genocide seem to get a pass with some people!”

    The native indians didn’t fair particularly well under the capitalist leaders in America either.

    How about we judge on the present not on past history, and criticize based on that.

  • Surabol

    So how did China “acquire” its massive terriories? My Korean history is a bit rusty, but a large portion of their land used to be Goguryeo territory. The United States is sizeable even without the southwest, but Korea is smaller than Southern California. Koryeo had to endure Mongolian invaders as well.

    According to this writer’s convenient logic, no one is entitled to criticize injustices in the world. I can just as well dismiss European criticism of Iraq or Bush by pointing out to their own crimes against humanity. I can cherry pick somethimg from the dark ages or the inquisition and arbitrarily render it relevant to modern issues, when it doesn’t.

    IMO Mao and Bush are apples and Oranges, but even if they were twins separated at birth we can choose to observe what was evil or questionable for its time.

  • Railwaycharm

    Ruffin is a hack asshole.

  • judge judy

    i love to see these dumbasses get into print except for the fact that it’s this lack of reasoning skill that state-sponsored genocide (e.g., the cultural revolution) thrives on.

  • http://www.korealawblog.com Brendon Carr (Korea Law Blog)

    No, and he may have killed 70 million people, but who cares — he meant well (see #4). And at least for Mr. Ruffin, he’s not Bush!

    Aha! Even without having read the article, when I saw your reference to the given name “Rick” in connection with insane, Bush-deranged leftist apologia for dictatorships, I knew the last name had to be “Ruffin”. That guy has to be one of the dimmest bulbs around.

    It’s like the Korea Times has staked out a role as a sheltered workshop for foreigner dipshits. If I were Mike Breen I’d take my pen elsewhere.

  • madar

    Incredible pie in the sky theoretical thinker. Someone who has never really experienced any part of the world with a little dirt under the fingernails. He thinks everything is just like back home and can’t really believe there are places in the world where day to day important freedoms are taken away or, as in the place I lived, you can see people get murdered in front of you every few months and corruption is such nothing is done about it. Basically he misses the point that regime function and intent do matter, and not every place is basically a moral and functional clone of where he grew up. Sometimes there is a real fundamental difference.

    This guy could defend North Korea. Let him live under a dictatorial regime for a year or so, be watched, lose his “rights” for a while, then rewrite the article.

  • Michael

    Why do any of you read the KT, let alone contribute to it (yes, I’m talking to you Mr. Jackson)? Even the Herald, as shabby as it is, has a modicum more integrity than that fish wrapper.

    Sure, Ruffin has comedy value–I remember years ago he wrote a nearly incoherent rant about legalizing pot, without mentioning what country should legalize it. Maybe that will clue you in to his mental state.

  • http://www.korealawblog.com Brendon Carr (Korea Law Blog)

    As for me, I read it for the comedic value of things like this. Why do people contribute to it? My guess is because the Korea Times will print anything.

  • peter63

    “It’s like the Korea Times has staked out a role as a sheltered workshop for foreigner dipshits.”
    Actually, the Korea Times has to compete with the Korea Herald, Joongangilbo english, some street magazines, not to mention blogs.
    Doesn’t Rick Ruffin have a blog. Boy, I love that name. If he was child at my school he would have developed severe social problems as a result of his name. Its onomatopoeic, and leaves so much room to play. Of all the possible pen names (Dick Lubbin, Hick Puffin, Stick Rubbin, Sick Muffin, etc) he sure chose the best one.

  • Michael

    Yes, they will print anything, which puts Breen and Jackson in the company of the likes of Lick Nubbin, er, Ruffin. At least the Herald has slightly more integrity, why not contribute there?

  • peter63

    Actually, the Korean english press is very good with investigative research. they have been covering this story for years before bloomberg got onto it. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/2638481/Steve-Jobs-obituary-published-by-Bloomberg.html
    I like blogs because they publishes me. Michael, do yourself a favor and read none of them. Read the comics instead. http://comicmall.naver.com/webtoon.nhn

  • cmm

    @18 for a guy who grew with the name “peter,” I’d expect you’d be more sensitive about that kind of namecalling.

  • Michael

    Yes Peter, I can see why blogs “publishes” you…and I already read none of the local English-language press, thanks for the advice though.

  • http://gopkorea.blogs.com/flyingyangban/ Andy Jackson

    Let’s not forget that the Times also has Andrei Lankov in its stable.

  • Austin

    University graduate eh! Another one of those educated idiots.

  • NES

    Stalin beats Mao for kills, that is, TKs:

    http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/DBG.TAB1.2.GIF

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  • peter63

    Actually cmm, Peter is just my English name, and my surname is not Fial/Phial/Phile/File so I don’t see what the problem could be. I was just trying to be insultary to Rick. I’m sure his ears is burning.
    Sorry Michael, I didn’t intend to come across as condescending, so thankyou for giving me the benefit of the doubt. And sorry about the bad English, too.
    While Lankov is good for people who like kahlua, vodka and milk in their glass. Andy, having read far too much of your work, please do not be under any delusion that you anything but an ass in the stable of the Korea Times, sorry, but there is no polite way of saying this. The opinion pages of the Korean times/korean herald/etc, are a heavy weight around the necks of those papers, and that is no mean feat.
    I apologize for expressing my opinion, I hope you (and Duffkin) take it in good faith as mere criticism.

  • Michael

    Peter, I’m not running this blog, but nonetheless, if you make personal insults against its contributors you’ll be out of here soon, I’m certain. Mr. Jackson writes thoughtful columns that I read without bothering with the other crap in the KT. Mr. Lankov also has interesting articles on Korean history.

  • peter63

    OK michael, thankyou for the warning. I apologize to Andy and Ruffin and Langkov and the other person. I just trying to make my opinion and make some criticism. I didn’t know I can be banned for that so I will be more careful. In a way, its kind of reassuring that some people appreciate Andy’s commentarials. Afterall, Jesus loves everybody.

  • Siddhartha

    I never encountered this writer in the past but after reading this piece, it makes me wonder why would KT lower its standard to publish this piece of crap…this guy is full of it. Does this guy know the recent Chinese history well enough to mention great leap foward or one child policy as some sort of progress.. At this juncture, Koreans need to understand how to deal with China and U.S. but someow I afraid there will be whole of troubles if opnion of this nitwit is be taken seriously…

  • Tripod

    Yeah, no mention of how Mao turned the then already brainwashed Chinese kids against their parents and teachers in order to eliminate his political opponents.

  • keith

    Bush is an arsehole, most (though not all) right-of-centre people are. It just goes with the territory, any extremists tend to be arseholes whether they be Washington hawks, Korean communists or other such idiots. Apologists for scumbags such as Mao and Stalin however need to be sent for some re-education like those two old grannies at the Chinese Olympics.

  • sumo294

    Sigh, where have all the worthy liberals gone? No one left to test my mental biceps. Sad really, methinks they went to China or retired from politics. None of the greats posters post anymore and its no fun swatting down mental midgets–come back you guys–sumo294 is back!!

  • Ex aedibus

    It seems as if our friend has inhaled the polluted air of Beijing a little too deeply and thus incurred permanent and irreversable damage to his cerebral cortex.

    “And it never had enough land”. Should China decide that it doesn’t have enough “lebensraum” as Hitler’s Germany did, no doubt he will be on the front lines applauding!

    Please tell me this damned fool isn’t teaching!

  • Ex aedibus

    The current policy on Mao Zedong of the Communist Party of China is the 70/30 policy. Namely, Mao was 70% right and 30% wrong. Seems as if our friend hasn’t gotten down his figures right. Not even the Chinese government is willing to defend the Cultural Revolution. Many of those currently or recently in power suffered under its effects. Deng Xiaoping was purged twice. While they may not entirely clear in their take on the Great Leap Forward, one of the most disastrous social experiments in human history, they hardly mention it, either.

  • Cloying_odor

    I expect Mr. Ruffin to argue that Adolf Hitler was a great visionary and was just ahead of his time. Perhaps all that chinese pussy he is enjoying( this is pure speculation because my gaydar is pinging a solid 9 here) must have rotted his brain.

  • Richard

    http://www.aldaily.com…left hand side on articles of note there is a story on Mr Shapiro who went to China in 1949 and is still there.

  • http://www.orientem.blogspot.com/ Western Confucian

    Mr. Ruffin needs to read Yang Jisheng’s just book about the Great Leap Forward, or at least its first paragraph:

    I call this book Tombstone. It is a tombstone for my father who died of hunger in 1959, for the 36 million Chinese who also died of hunger, for the system that caused their death, and perhaps for myself for writing this book.

    Central plannning sucks.

  • peter63

    I am finding this comment on the Peking Duck site. I’m sure many here will finding it amusing, too.

    The Chinese Communist Party As an Investment Fund

    If you like money, you will know that there are many investment funds in the world. For example, there are stock funds, mutual funds, etc etc etc. This post wants to discuss the Chinese Communist Party from a financial investment viewpoint.
    http://www.pekingduck.org/2008/08/china-idiocy-alert/#comment-71232

  • Craig

    “Let’s not forget that the Times also has Andrei Lankov in its stable.”

    And yourself Mr. Jackson!!

    Why expect straight forward news from the Korean media? Double, in fact, from English based Korean media. Didn’t HDT say all news is gossip?

  • lirelou

    One minor correction to the original article. While many of those illegal firearms are shipped in from the United States, the great majority are not manufactured there. In 1995-97, the preferred weapon of many druggies was the AK-47, manufactured by Norinco. Taurus, Glock, and Sig-Sauer pistols were also popular, though there is a long standing tradition in Mexico favoring Colts and Smith and Wessons.

  • foflappy

    Too bad the KT doesn’t have Mike Weisbart any more. He wrote some interesting stuff.

  • Mizar5

    Mao was a military genius but a political retard.

  • Mizar5

    …unlike Bush who is just a retard. Watching him and Kim Jung Il is like watching 2 retards falling on their asses trying to bitch slap one another.

    McNasty sure has a lot to live down to, and if there is nobody more qualified for the job.

  • Arghaeri

    “would KT lower its standard to publish this piece of crap”

    Can they get lower?

    Anyway, I think everyone is taking this far too seriously, I though it was an amusing piss take of an article and i suspect thats exactly what was intended by the author.

  • Arghaeri

    User-81, “Why is Bush an asshole?”

    Is that leading up to a punchline?

    Perhaps on reflecting such an understatement of his qualities was untoward.

  • dinkus maximus

    why does the marmot’s hole seem to predominantly place a negative twist on anything china-related. i have lived in korea and china, and let me tell you in all honesty, china is a much better place to live – culturally, standard of living, and the people as well. sure china has its bad points, but we all know korea is perfect.

    oh – and before i get attacked – i mean for an expat (standard of living etc.).

  • Cloying_odor

    “why does the marmot’s hole seem to predominantly place a negative twist on anything china-related”

    Because China IS the enemy. Imagine 20 years from now…

    All the bad attitude and stupidity of the current Korean generation (a direct result of too much too fast)… but with Nuclear Weapons and a 250 million man army. You liked the last “Great Leap”… fasten your seatbelts comrade.

    You have been warned.

  • dinkus maximus

    well, things happen for a reason do they not. our western zeitgeist has become too cozy in the land of plenty. i don’t think it will be china as an “enemy” , but the rest of asia as a whole will end up under a collective umbrella led by china, and the western world will find itself answering to this shift in ways that could not be anticipated. if we, as westerners, constantly see this as an “enemy” situation it will become one. the collective ego is what creates the enemy if we constantly close our minds off to the changing world. uncle sam is not the be and end all anymore. empires rise and fall.

  • Leguwan

    Robert Koehler is an asshole if he has such lack of class to refer to America’s incumbent ELECTED president in such disgusting and degrading terminology Right??????

  • dinkus maximus

    no, because it’s a fact bush is an asshole. even he knows it.

  • Sonagi

    i have lived in korea and china, and let me tell you in all honesty, china is a much better place to live – culturally, standard of living, and the people as well.

    China does offer a higher standard of living for lofty expats like ourselves since labor and goods are so much cheaper. Given the choice between being born Chinese or Korean, I know which nationality I’d pick. I enjoyed both Korea and China. If I ever return to Asia, Korea would be my first choice. To each his own.

  • redneck hickboy

    The author’s take on the American annexation of previously Mexican lands is dead wrong. At the time, most of the Mexican citizens living in what is now SW America SUPPORTED the US takeover and many fought for it. They were oppressed by a corrupt and negligent Mexican gov’t. They were glad to become US citizens and gain a gov’t that responded to their needs.

    That is not the case in Tibet now, is it?

  • user-81

    “That is not the case in Tibet now, is it?”

    After they move enough Han Chinese into Tibet it will be.

  • Ray

    “Doesn’t Rick Ruffin have a blog. Boy, I love that name. If he was child at my school he would have developed severe social problems as a result of his name. Its onomatopoeic, and leaves so much room to play. Of all the possible pen names (Dick Lubbin, Hick Puffin, Stick Rubbin, Sick Muffin, etc) he sure chose the best one.”

    Haha, I oughtta tell that to my last economics professor… Roy Ruffin!

  • http://rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    Robert Koehler is an asshole if he has such lack of class to refer to America’s incumbent ELECTED president in such disgusting and degrading terminology Right

    Actually, I thought it was clear from the post that I was relaying Mr. Ruffin’s point of view, a.k.a., Bush is complete evil, but Mao is OK. That said, I think we can admit at this point that our current head of state has made some pretty big boo-boos in his eight years in office. And that’s coming from someone who voted for him.