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Chinese PM shoe protester pleads not guilty! [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2009-2-11 19:43:23 |Display all floors

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Germans are terrible drivers always throwing shoes at each other!  They also all wear the same shoe size and make right down to the same colour so they never find each other  guilty!  He has to go home to see his doktor to see if there were any bruise marks after his arrest- in England!

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Post time 2009-2-11 20:25:39 |Display all floors
Originally posted by broken_heart at 2009-2-11 20:43
Germans are terrible drivers always throwing shoes at each other!  They also all wear the same shoe size and make right down to the same colour so they never find each other  guilty!  He has ...

I lived for 9 years in Germany, never ever seen a shoe being thrown at an another person.
The boy was paidf or his service.

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Post time 2009-2-11 22:02:35 |Display all floors

different strokes 4 different folks...

i even kick your arse if you ever done that to me (or i do that to you)  

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Post time 2009-2-12 02:29:30 |Display all floors
Emu- have you seen the video?  Wen's response was laid-back- he waited for the guy to finish shouting, watched the shoe hit the stage, waited for him to be taken out, then said in his normal level voice 'This kind of lowly stunt will never stand stand in the way of British-Chinese relations'.  Then he finished the speech, shook hands with the others on the stage, and left.  I'd say he won quite a bit of sympathy by handling it so calmly.

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Post time 2009-2-12 02:31:59 |Display all floors
...although, admittedly, a witty comment would have gone down even better.  But lord knows it's difficult to think of a snappy comeback even when you're not standing on a stage representing your government and nation...

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Post time 2009-2-12 09:49:22 |Display all floors
There are leaders. Like Bush.  Then again, there are great men. Like Premier Wen.

What differentiates leaders from great men is what they do AFTER events such as this takes place.  

In the case of Bush, he laconically remarked that it was a size '10' and left it at that.  Even when later he must have known that the Iraqi journalist would be beaten up and thrown into jail with his career, possibly life, in some tatters, like much of his country invaded at the behest of Bush's armies, Bush never uttered one word to redeem himself or to show he had any inkling of what dictatorial power could do.

The opposite happened in Cambridge.  In the case of Premier Wen, he not only maintained dignity and equanimity before world cameras in the direct face of an aggravating insult on his representation of China, the world's most populace State, he also went further to ask that the stonehenged brits forgive that german postgraduate pathologist student at Cambridge (ranked second in the world charts, for the time being) so that the student can finish his education, obviously crimped so far by his ideological fervor not founded on grassroots findings.  

Perhaps that student was also paid to do that dastardly deed by someone or people who thought that what had happened in Baghdad could also be revived in Cambridge so as to slight China.  Or he woke up that morning and imbibed some of the germs from his lab test-tubes that ultimately scrambled his grey cells.  We'll never know and it doesn't matter -  

..for Premier Wen has shown, for the first time ever in the public display of greatness by a world statesman, that he kept his eye on what is really important in life - the continuation of knowledge so that men can later turn their unbridled anger to positive work for mankind. Obviously that student still thinks that people who think like this are 'dictatorial'.  He should review his lecture notes more assiduously.

By still not apologizing in person to Premier Wen, that post-teen german cambridge student may think he's a hero in the eyes of his friends for what he had done.  Before mankind, he's just a zero.

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Post time 2009-2-12 09:58:24 |Display all floors
Originally posted by markwu at 2009-2-12 09:49
There are leaders. Like Bush.  Then again, there are great men. Like Premier Wen.

What differentiates leaders from great men is what they do AFTER events such as this takes place.  

In the ca ...

I can't agree with you more on the point of the differences between a leader and a great man.:)

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