Well-wishing S. Korean offers dog meat toinjured USenvoy
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A well-wishing South Korean man tried to offer dog meat toinjured U.S. Ambassador Mark Lippert, who is recovering from an attack by aknife-wielding anti-U.S. activist, hospital officials said Saturday.
The man, who looked to be in his 70s,arrived at Seoul's Severance Hospital Friday morning with a package that hesaid was dog meat and seaweed soup, according to an official who didn't want tobe named because he wasn't authorized to speak to the media.
The man asked the food to be delivered toLippert to help him heal, but the hospital rejected the food because of rulesfor patients' health and security, the official said.
South Koreans commonly offer dog meat topatients recovering from surgery based on old beliefs that it helps healwounds.
A dog lover, Lippert, 42, had beenregularly seen walking his basset hound, Grigsby, near his residence in Seoul before the attack onThursday It left him with deep gashes on his face and arm and damaged tendonsand nerves.
Faith 18 hours ago
No intelligent person would have regardedthis gesture as "disrespectful" if you are judging by"Korean" standards. HOWEVER, that does not make it any lesshorrifying to dog lovers anywhere in the world. There are two separate issueshere. And to all who jump on a bandwagon that goes something like this --wehave to totally respect all cultures, blah,blah blah--not a chance. Should Istart listing the dreadful, downright horrifying behaviors and traditionscharacteristic of many, many cultures in the world--including just about anycountry, really. Genital mutilation, incredible subjugation of women, ugly,ugly, bigotry in countless forms, religious persecution--it's a long, longlist. No culture automatically deserves respect. ALL cultures are created byand kept alive by human beings. All humans are flawed, some very seriously.Therefore, no culture is automatically worthy of uniform praise or admiration.
Simonize 15 hours ago
I remember long ago that I worked with aguy who had a house and some Asians had moved in next door and they had a lotof dogs who would bark at night. One day there were a few of us at lunch and Iasked him how it was going with the dogs barking and he said that it hadstopped. I said "you know what happened, right"? He didn't seem to soI explained to him that they had eaten them. It's a cultural thing. We have tolook at it that way. We eat chickens, pigs, cows, fish, etc etc. Who are we tojudge?