Friday, August 1, 2008

Taking it to the Links!

In an amusing display of Korean nationalism, a golf course in Taebeck, Gaegwon put a Korean flag in the Dokdo part of a Korean Peninsula-shaped sand trap.

Initially, I thought those mini-bunkers were to make you feel like a real jerk if your ball ended up there.

The fanfare marks a revision made last week to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names’ website that classified those disputed islets as territory belonging to no country, which was overturned by your lame duck chief and mine: George W. Bush - who grounds his club in the sand regularly. (ho!)

Seoul applauded Thursday a US decision to relist South Korea as owners of a group of tiny islands, amid a simmering dispute with Japan over claims to the territory.

President George W. Bush said a US agency was reversing its week-long decision that classified in its database the chain of rocky islets as territory belonging to no country.

"As to the database, I asked (Secretary of State Condoleezza) Rice to review it and the database will be restored to where it was ... seven days ago," Bush told a group of Asian reporters at the White House. (SKorea hails US decision on disputed islets)

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