“Wrong. Since Ukraine gained independence in 1991 with the collapse of the Soviet Union, just "Ukraine" is the correct way to refer to the country. This is how the country is referred to in their Declaration of Independence and Constitution, and international media style guides also follow this convention.
Because the etymology of the name "Ukraine" is believed to be a Slavic word meaning "borderland", then calling it "the Ukraine" is tantamount to calling it "the borderland" - of Russia. Using "the Ukraine" makes Ukraine sound like a mere extension of Russia and strengthens Russia's claims to Ukrainian territory. But hey, I'm sure Russians will love you if you keep using that term.”
imlaughlin on Apr 5, 2014 at 02:13:47
“Interesting ... thanks.”
The AntiOffice Assistant on Apr 5, 2014 at 01:43:00
“You understand. It was purely a joke. However I didn't spend 5 minutes wasting my time on a social network to explain something pointless.”
“That's funny, I wasn't aware that China had good relations with nations like the Philippines, Vietnam, and Japan, whose territory China is attempting to take from them. Citizens of those countries would probably disagree with you on China "not rely[ing] on, or using, military force to exert influence."
And please, the days when sheer numbers were the best indicator of military strength are long over. Even going by your argument, in a couple of decades the most populous country in the world will be India, not China.”
“Of course, China (and you) loves to play the victim card in order to distract people from their own misdeeds. If you really wanted to read about Chinese atrocities, you could read about their invasion of Tibet, or the Cultural Revolution and Great Leap Forward, or China's support for the genocidal Khmer Rouge. But then, since you claim that "history reading is your hobby", you should already know all of that, shouldn't you?
If you are American, then you're probably a Chinese-American, and/or one of those Americans who seem to still live in the 1940s, and suffer from a curious inability to tell who are your allies and who are your enemies.
I'll break it down for you in a way that's simple enough for even you to understand. The countries that are being threatened by China, like Japan and the Philippines, are American allies.
China is not America's ally. In fact, their avowed intention is to replace America as the leading world superpower by any means necessary, such as stealing technology (including American technology), industrial espionage, and theft of trade secrets from "your beloved USA". If you love the USA so much, maybe you should support its allies, not its enemies.
You were right about one thing, though. The launch of the Izumo was indeed a symbolic message to China. And like Gene Sasserky said in his comment below, I'm glad China got the message too. You see, when you push others around, sometimes they push back.”
“"Your beloved USA", eh? You know, lying is really a bad thing to do, but I guess your parents never taught you that.
You see, you're the presumptuous one. You are making the mistake of assuming that I care whether you respond or not. Please. Do you think you're that important?
Your latest response is full of contradictions, as usual. You seem to think you know a lot about this topic, while at the same time admitting that you are "no history major."
You see, I'm sorry, but I find it very hard to believe that you have no knowledge at all of China's island-grabbing in the East and South China Seas, or the fact that China has territorial disputes with just about all of its neighbors. Or the fact that North Korea, which is wholly dependent on Chinese aid to survive and is pretty much a Chinese puppet, is threatening its neighbors with nukes.
Assuming you are not just feigning ignorance, there's this tool called Google. Use it. I am not going to spoon-feed you.
Your pro-Chinese bias became apparent the moment you started talking about Japanese atrocities vis-a-vis Chinese atrocities (I never mentioned either). What Japan did 70 years ago is irrelevant. What China is doing today is relevant.”
“Please, Mr. Selective "Justice". Chinese "Justice" would be a better name for you. I am not name-calling; it is simply a fact that you are a member of the Chinese 50 Cent Army. Everyone can see that. I don't see you denying it either.
As for my nationality, I am not Japanese, but I do come from another country that is being threatened by Chinese arrogance and aggression. And I don't think someone who doesn't reveal his own profile has any right to ask others to reveal theirs. Were you born this hypocritical or is it taught in Chinese schools?
As for the "theory" you want me to "share", I already said it in my first comment. But I suppose you are being deliberately obtuse. My "theory", and that of many others who have posted on this thread (including in replies to you that you deliberately ignore) is merely the obvious fact, that Japan is building up its military in response to overt Chinese and North Korean aggression. And China is also building up its military, in case you haven't noticed.
This is a far more reasonable "theory" than your ridiculous conspiracy theory that Japan, which has become a prosperous society through peaceful means, somehow wants to risk losing everything they've gained through fighting another war with the US, their ally, just for "revenge."
Your conspiracy theory is so silly that I'm surprised you think anyone will believe it. I guess you are posting here on the off chance that”
Selective Justice on Aug 22, 2013 at 08:40:58
“I can sense you are a little frustrated, because you keep guessing who I am and you are not even close. When I see you behave as a serious debator, I may tell you more. Right now, you have behaved badly. If you keep this pattern one more time, I will not respond to you anymore. Your next response will be your last chance.”
Selective Justice on Aug 22, 2013 at 08:38:42
“What you call "simply a fact" is totally wrong. This is enough to tell me that you are of the "type" that does not know the difference btw a fact and an opinion. So I will let you live with many of your wrong beliefs (belief is not necessarily fact). And you don't speak for "everyone". For example, I don't know what 50 Cent Army is (but I refrain from googling it).You are very presumptuous. If you can change this bad habbit, we can start talking about a few interests you alluded to in your last email, for example Japanese atrocities vs chinese atrocities. It is true that I read more on Japanese atrocities. These material just came across my way. I have received rigorous training in the science methodology. And I am very careful about factual statements. History reading is my hobby. When history tangles with contemporary politics, it can upturn people's heart rates. However, I am no history major. So I welcome anyone correct my facts. The "selective" refers to USA being selective in metering out justice, which I see is a risk to my beloved USA itself in the long term (This is a opinion, not a fact). If you have chinese atrocities to write about, I am open to learn. Just be careful to distinguish between facts, opinions, beliefs, and allegation. Absolutely no name calling ( a conversation stopper in most social setting).”
LoneRebel on Aug 22, 2013 at 02:44:41
“(continued) on the off chance that a few Americans will believe it, in order to sow mistrust between the US and Japan. A typical Chinese divide-and-conquer strategy.”
“You know, looking over your history of comments, I notice something.
First, you started your account in August 2013, just this month.
Second, all the comments you have ever posted have been on this article. Maybe you think that if you repeat something often enough, people will take you seriously.
Third, all your comments have been advancing the ludicrous theory that Japan secretly desires to take "revenge" on the US. And not once in the 50 or so comments you've made on this article ever mention the aggressive and belligerent actions of China and its puppet North Korea, which are far more likely reasons for Japan to build up its military than a fictitious desire for revenge on the US.
In conclusion, you seem to be a Chinese troll. A member of the 50-Cent Army. Your kind are all over the Internet.”
Selective Justice on Aug 21, 2013 at 14:17:33
“I do want to take your comment seriously if I can ignore your name calling (a childish bickering habit). Your short comment contains many errors. But I won't refute one by one.
All the name calling aside, if you don't like my "theory", what is your theory? Willing to share?
If you think my profile is critical to my "theory", why don't you reveal your profile? You don't work for the Japanese Lobby PAC, do you?”