Monday, July 25, 2011

Are South Korea and Japan to Blame for the Norweigian Massacre?

Of course not, but Anders Behring Breivik, it turns out, "wanted to see European policies on multiculturalism more similar to those of Japan and South Korea, which he said are 'not far from cultural conservatism and nationalism at its best.'"

Interesting how what is entirely mainstream in one part of the modern world is radical and beyond the pale in another. As a libertarian-leaning Catholic, I lean towards open borders (not open citizenship), but that does not mean those who disagree are evil. (Breivik is evil for his actions.) There are plenty of reasonable reasons to restrict immigration, whether it be presevation of one's culture or of one's working class, to think of just two.

My position is close to that of reader Dauvit Balfour, who wrote on these pages: "I see no reason why free and peaceful people shouldn't be able to move from one place to another to live, work, or study. That doesn't mean they should all be granted citizenship."

No mention of South Korea in this context would be complete without noting that Woo Bum-kon's grim record of 57 has now been shattered.

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Blogger J.K. Baltzersen said...

Dear Sir:

As someone who has been more or less close to the spot where the bomb went off countless times, I should perhaps say a great deal about this.

Most of it will have to wait, and we'll see.

In all this very sad news, there is something somewhat fortunate. Numbers from the Tyri Fjord atrocity have been reduced to 68 -- from 86. However, they may still rise as missing persons come in and severely injured do not recover, but we of course hope not.

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