So the Koreans were lying. Maybe. Maybe the key for “ballistic missile” was malfunctioning on their pocket translators and they instead came out with “peaceful music-beaming satellite in honor of our dear leader”.
The coverage on Univision was hilarious, BTW. I have to give it to them—their spin is remarkably blatant. Like Al-Jazeera for Latinos. “Ladies and Gentlemen, we’ve just had word that North Korea has launched a rocket at Japan! This unannounced and unprecedented action will surely bring swift reprisals from Obama…”
Obama, woken from sleep, shakes his fist: “Words must mean something!”
I admit, I felt a little sorry for Obama in that moment, with that empty phrase bouncing off the buildings in that plaza in Prague.
What are you going to do when they lie to your face, and defend that lie as morally correct? Korea is simply doing what they want to do, as a sovereign nation. Who are we to tell them they’re wrong? Would we listen if they told us not to toss things into space? Pshaw.
And thus my problem with the “whatever floats your boat” mentality. With no absolute truth (i.e., that may be true for you, but it’s not for me), we’re left with no grounds to tell anyone anything. There’s no ultimate Yes and No- and nothing can ever be, absolutely and objectively, wrong. We’re left shouting empty words to a crowd where our meaning is, ultimately, lost in translation.