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Fun With Semantics

For those of you who haven't already heard the news, Chinese police beat two Japanese journalists attempting to cover a bombing in Kashgar in China's western Xinjiang region. The Japanese government plans to file a protest with the Chinese government:

"Our embassy is of course gathering information from the authorities," said Japan's top government spokesman, Nobutaka Machimura. "I believe there is no mistake, so we plan to protest strongly," he added. [emphasis added]

I just love the "protest strongly" portion of the statement. It reminds me of that scene in A Few Good Men where Lt. Wienberg (Tom Cruise) berates Lt. Cdr. Galloway (Demi Moore) for her "strenuous" objection in the court room:

"'I strenuously object?' Is that how it works? Hm? 'Objection.' 'Overruled.' 'Oh, no, no, no. No, I STRENUOUSLY object.' 'Oh. Well, if you strenuously object then I should take some time to reconsider.'"

I have a feeling that Japan's plan to "protest strongly" will be just as effective.
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