Battle On ShangganlingMountain

Obama is humiliated as China calls thetune.

 John Hayward

01/24/2011

During the big White House state dinner for Chinalast Wednesday, a Chinese pianist named Lang wasinvited to serenade the assembled dignitariesOne of the songs he played, unknown toWestern audiences but instantly recognizable to the Chinese, was “MyMotherland,” the theme from a movie called Battle Shangganling Mountain.

Where’s Shangganling Mountain, you askWhy, it’s in KoreaIt was the site ofa bloody battle, fought in late 1952 during the Korean War, in which Chineseforces repulsed a sustained attack from American and South Korean troopsThe movie whosetheme Lang tickled out of those ivories is an anti-American propaganda filmAn article in the Epoch Times points out that the lyrics to its themesong describe American soldiers as “jackals.”

Playing this song at a White House state dinner is the roughequivalent of an American president providing music from Rambo II during astate visit to VietnamIt’s impossible toimagine the current President doing anything like that, but you could almostsee George Bush screening the entire movie for his hosts while waiting for thebun cha to be served“Thishere’s my favorite part, where the guy gets shot right in the chest with anexploding arrow.POW!

China’schoice of piano music for the dinner held in their honor has not gone unnoticedAsia One Newsreports Chinese websites are on fire, hailing Lang as a “true patriot.“It’sdeeply meaningful to play this in the United States,” said one forum post, “butI don’t know if the Americans can understand?

This ROFLMAO moment was brought to you by the continuingincompetence of this President on foreign policy, which flows from hisinvincible belief in the power of his messianic charismaThere’s no way Lang just belted out that tune on his ownHe either acted at the request, orwith the indulgence, of the Chinese governmentDidn’t anyone at the White House reviewthe musical program for the eveningWere they simply ignorant of thesong’s meaning, and too inept to use Google to check it outDid they foolishly trust the Chineseto choose only music that would flatter the Global Messiah, whose mere presencein the Oval Office heals the divisions between men and nationsOr, worst of all,did the President and his staff know this song would be played, and understoodits meaning, but let it happen anyway?

Of course, if the Chinese insisted on the song, it’s unlikelythe entire dinner would have been sacrificed to defy themIf the White House was taken bysurprise when those “patriotic” notes floated from the piano, they couldn’tvery well have jumped up and ordered Lang tostopThere isonly one solution: don’t invite nations like Chinato state dinnersThoseshould be reserved for countries that don’t enjoy songs about killing the“jackals” of America’sarmed forces.

Courtesy: John Hayward and Human Events: http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=41349

John Hayward is astaff writer for HUMAN EVENTS, and author of the recentlypublished DoctorZero: Year One. Follow him on Twitter: Doc_0. Contact him by email at jhayward@eaglepub.com.

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