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He's right up there with Bush and Kim.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Dec 9th, 2005 at 09:32:11 AM EST
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Yes, you've right there.  A new breed of world leaders seems to have entered the stage, with a different approach to human rights and peaceful co-existence.  

There is a Chinese saying: May you live in interesting times....and we are indeed.

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by Gjermund E Jansen (gjans1@hotmail.com) on Fri Dec 9th, 2005 at 09:50:37 AM EST
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Actually, isn't that a chinese curse?
by Johannes on Fri Dec 9th, 2005 at 09:58:48 AM EST
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To be honest I don't now the exact history of it, but what I know is that it is not a positive proverb.

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by Gjermund E Jansen (gjans1@hotmail.com) on Fri Dec 9th, 2005 at 10:08:01 AM EST
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As it happens "May you live in interesting times" is both a curse and blessing.

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by RogueTrooper on Fri Dec 9th, 2005 at 10:10:01 AM EST
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I googled the proverb and it seems to be a disagreement over its Chinese origin:

http://www.noblenet.org/reference/inter.htm

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2005_09/007110.php

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by Gjermund E Jansen (gjans1@hotmail.com) on Fri Dec 9th, 2005 at 10:21:47 AM EST
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Is he purposefully doing the mad Kim impression? Though that sort of requires that you have a nuclear capability.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Dec 9th, 2005 at 10:01:51 AM EST
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Oh, come on, Migeru.  Bush and Kim do not belong in the same sentence.  Don't make me pull out the Bush-Hitler comparison, again. ;)

Bush is a whacky neoconservative whose administration is run by ideologues.  Kim is a brutal dictator, who executes people for making contact with anyone outside of North Korea -- the highest crime one can commit in North Korea.  (No, I'm not kidding.)  People aren't swimming across rivers and bribing border guards to leave the US, but they're absolutely doing so to escape to China and, if possible, Seoul.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Fri Dec 9th, 2005 at 09:22:47 PM EST
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