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The truth that will set Smith free
December 21st, 2006 posted by Mikaela under Current Events

I missed the Pacquaio-Morales match. I didn’t see those killer punches that made Morales land on his rear-end and bade his boxing career Adios! I did not witness Manny’s triumphant moment when his shining fist was raised up in the air. But it was just fine, I had expected that the boy will clinch it. Manny is a living proof that the little brown guy can dance (to the tune of “Eye of the Tiger”).

But I would never want to miss the Nicole-Lance Corporal Daniel Smith bout dubbed as “The Subic Bay Rape Case.”

The wayward white boy, Lnce Crprl Daniel Smith got the upperhand over the little brown b*tch, Nicole, when the latter was dumped on one of Subic’s streets; pants missing, with a used condom and vivid accounts of how it all happened.

Needless to say, Nicole regained her composure, odds being reversed and the next thing we see, is a triumphant verdict of guilt beyond reasonable doubt, in favor of Nicole.

The process must have been long and arduous for Nicole, but her fight is just beginning. Good(?) ‘Ole Uncle Sam will definitely interfere and pull the necessary (puppet) strings to change the direction of the case. As I am tapping on my keyboard, GMA’s minions are expressing their support to the U.S.’s suggestion(?) of transferring Smith to a U.S. facility, while the case is still being elevated to the Court of Appeals.

Moreso, Nicole was not only seeking justice for this crime committed against her but she was also resisting the pull to conform to centuries-old inferiority complex and lack of national pride.Nobody knows when her fight will end, maybe until all of her hope and strength are consumed.

The simple truth is that rape is a crime. It was committed against the poor girl and the verdict was simply to dispense justice. But since Smith is an American serviceman, protected by the provisions of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), he can just be shipped back to his country, singing “Star-spangled Banner” and get on with his life. He might even choose to order a Filipina bride online. This is the sad truth that will set Smith free. Nicole’s case will then be just another statistic.

About the author: All are equal under the same sun.

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[ # 32 ] Comment from arteako [December 23, 2006, 1:26 pm]

that’s so sad.

here in south korea, where american bases are almost everywhere, i don’t get to hear stories of abuse by gis. do they behave better here, knowing that koreans are ferocious fighters of their rights? or it’s more like koreans choose to keep silent if abused because they so abhor scandals?

i don’t know. in fact, i may never know.

[ # 33 ] Comment from JB [December 23, 2006, 3:07 pm]

arteako, i’ve been editing tons of letters written by koreans applying for admission to universities in the US, and it seems that Koreans [at least the jologs ones] hate the US bases; they’re high strung over the presence of the americans. there’s a case in 2000 yata that was scandalous: a GI jeep ran over a couple of junior high korean girls and killed them.

i mentioned that only the korean jologs openly hate the US because the educated, tech-savvy ones, who almost always are precociously aware that they will one day apply for admission to, say, Stanford, usually take great pains to bridge the cultural and political gap between americans and koreans in a way that can be “officially verified”- which is something these clever koreans never fail to exploit and mention in their application letters.

im not sure if it’s already big news there, but there seems to be an “espionage scandal” involving undersecretary richard lawless and what he’s been doing behind the scenes politically in korea.

[ # 34 ] Comment from arteako [December 24, 2006, 11:55 am]

actually, it’s a tank driven by two drunk American gis that killed those two girls. that was a big issue back then.

as for richard lawless, oh well, you can call me current events dense but i stopped reading newspapers here eversince kim jong-il started that nuke testing rumour.

the only thing i heard about richard is he came here to deliver the news that some us troops will be pulled out? the espionage thingy i will check later on.

you are right, koreans can be very clever. things should always be in their best interest. aren’t we all? ha ha!

the thing with koreans is that they are morally uptight. unlike in the philippines were rape victims become overnight celebrities, here any korean girl who became a victim of sexual abuse would rather succumb to a vow of eternal silence than come out in the open and point finger to her abuser. that’s just how things are. or i may be wrong.

[ # 36 ] Comment from mikaela [December 29, 2006, 7:13 pm]

“the thing with koreans is that they are morally uptight. unlike in the philippines were rape victims become overnight celebrities, here any korean girl who became a victim of sexual abuse would rather succumb to a vow of eternal silence than come out in the open”

I think I have already mentioned this in the article; rape is a crime. There is even no need to mention if the victim is a Korean or a Filipina. Even an American woman will also cry foul if a man forces himself to her. You probably have seen the movie “the accused”, which stars Jodie Foster, and you’ll know what I mean.

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