Tuesday, July 19, 2005

If a murder can be cool ...

Then this one is a doozy. I'm reading Yakuza: Japan's Criminal Underworld right now. During the 19th century, a paramilitary/gangster organization called the Dark Ocean Society [Genyosha] sprung up, ultra-nationalistic and right wing. They meddled in politics and busted up liberals. So far, yawn. But then:

"In 1895, a squad of of Genyosha agents, trained as assassin-spies in the martial arts of the ninja, infiltrated the Korean National Palace and murdered the queen."

Let's translate that into bad-ass: Goddamn ninja gangsters snuck into a palace and assassanated a head of state. Are you kidding me? No wonder people like history so much ... you couldn't make this shit up and get away with it. Ninja-gangsters steering the course of world politics!

I always knew ninjas were cool. I just didn't know how cool.


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