6/16/10

Doing the honorable thing

Boy howdy, but Joe Cao ruffled a few feathers when he suggested that BP exec Lamar McKay do 'the right thing' and off himself over the Fiasco in the Gulf.

"Well, in the Asian culture, we do things differently. During the Samurai days, we'd just give you the knife and ask you to commit hari-kari," said Cao, who is Vietnamese-American. "My constituents are still debating on what they want me to ask you to do."

Let's forget for a moment that Cao is not Japanese and has no roots in the Samurai culture and mindset. Cao is, as noted, Vietnamese. Quite literally, having been born in Saigon (we here at BloggerCentral will never refer to it as 'Ho Chi Minh City', but that's another story) in 1967, as the war was rising to its peak. Let's also forget for the moment that the Vietnamese have no tradition of apologetic suicide as a cultural manifesto, despite Cao's comments about "Asian culture" and despite such as the story of the Trung sisters (Hai Bà Trưng), which may be more folklore than fact.

There are plenty of examples of apologetic suicide in western cultures. Rommel comes immediately to mind.

So I'm not the least outraged by the suggestion.

I could probably dig up a pistol and a single round for McKay to use, if he decides to do the 'honorable thing'.