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April 9, 2001
Dear All Other Countries (But Especially China), I’m sorry about my stupid f***ing president. Yours truly, Kristine Howard. Are you sorry? Do you wish to apologize “in the name of our soulless nation and leader”? Visit this site. I’m #1785.
PostedApril 9, 2001 — 12:19 pm
April 13, 2001 — 2:58 pm
i hate to be the fly in the political ointment here, but i have to stand up for the US and say that the accident was not our fault in the least. J. has told me that the US gov’t has pictures of the deceased pilot harassing other foreign planes in the past. the most likely scenario was that the pilot was flying beneath the surveilance plane–a large, lumbering prop plane–and came up too soon, clipping the nose of the EP-3. we’re really fortunate that there weren’t any more casualties.
what happened is a tragedy, of course, but it is important to take a broad view of the situation.
and that’s all i have to say about that.
April 13, 2001 — 4:11 pm
Very true. And I agree with you. But I find it very telling that America kept referring to the crew of the plane as “hostages”, while every other country’s media referred to them as “spies.” If we were up to sneaky-sneaky business, the least we could do is apologize. I dunno… Maybe I been living outside of the country too long. My patriotic fervor has been tempered by seeing how arrogant and pushy we look to the rest of the world.
*sigh* At any rate, the real point of my blogging all that was just to work in a jab at Bush, of course. Regardless of whether he should say “sorry” or not, you got to admit he really handled that sloppily. Somebody *died* in the accident, and making pointless threats that “relations will be damaged” doesn’t help the situation. He (and by extension, the U.S.) came off as looking callous and condescending. If a Chinese spy plane had crashed in *our* country – regardless of who caused the accident – do you think *our* only demand would have been an apology?
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