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    “We now have Ukrainians serving in the army” – Lee Kuan Yew

    Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew gave an interview with Charlie Rose on the “Charlie Rose Show” (Bloomberg TV) on 23 October. The following are excerpts from the interview.















    On Singapore:

    CHARLIE ROSE: You’ve never had a moment where you thought Singapore was too authoritative did you? Not one moment?

    LEE KUAN YEW: My job was to get the place going and get everybody a decent life and a decent education. And we’re now the best educated people in the whole of east Asia. Our universities — we got three, four universities, fourth one coming up.

    CHARLIE ROSE: So the end justifies the means whatever it might be?

    LEE KUAN YEW: No. The ends were laudable. Everybody wants the same ends. Everybody wants good education and good health.

    CHARLIE ROSE: A good life and their children to do better than they did.

    LEE KUAN YEW: The means — I had the consent and support of the population. If they opposed me and they did not cooperate, it wouldn’t have worked.
    CHARLIE ROSE: You were in control of everything.

    LEE KUAN YEW: No.

    CHARLIE ROSE: Yes you were, you know that.

    (LAUGHTER)

    LEE KUAN YEW: The numbers of people opposing me, including the communists in the very early years, was endless.

    Diversity in Singapore:

    LEE KUAN YEW: “We are a small population so we can make it up with numbers from young bright Indians and young bright Chinese, young bright Malaysians, and all the people around the world, and some middle easterners. We now have Ukrainians serving in the army.”

    On maintaining Singapore’s relevancy to the world:

    LEE KUAN YEW: “You cannot maintain your relevance by just staying put. The world changes. There are shifts in the geopolitics and the economics of the world. We have to watch it and ride it. You surf with them. As the surf comes this way you ride the surf. We are keeping our links with America, with Japan, with Europe. They brought us to where we are…..We absolutely refuse to choose sides. We will not choose sides between America and China or between China and India.”

    On Obama:

    CHARLIE ROSE: That brings me to President Obama. What are your observations about him?

    LEE KUAN YEW: He’s a very great and eloquent man who is very persuasive and is very able and has appointed very able people into his key positions. And what impressed me most is his appointing people of different minds.

    For instance, on his economic team, there is Summers Paul Volcker, and they’re both very strong minded people.

    Source: http://theonlinecitizen.com/2009/10/...-lee-kuan-yew/
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    o rly?

    army STRONG!!!!1111

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    Thats the way. We should outsource our army.

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    Just 1 nuke and SG sink already, yet gahment spending so much taxpayer's money on military

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    Quote Originally Posted by halfhuman View Post
    Just 1 nuke and SG sink already, yet gahment spending so much taxpayer's money on military
    Because no one will nuke Singapore except a madman.

    The point of an invasion is to acquire the resources of the country. In SG's case, its strategic location and infrastructure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Entropy View Post
    Because no one will nuke Singapore except a madman.
    Except that the people currently throwing their weight around with nukes aren't 100% sane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Entropy View Post
    Because no one will nuke Singapore except a madman.

    The point of an invasion is to acquire the resources of the country. In SG's case, its strategic location and infrastructure.
    Fallout 3?
    World in chaos, everywhere nuked

    Or if some singaporean offend Kim Jong il...

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    Quote Originally Posted by |hp78| View Post
    Except that the people currently throwing their weight around with nukes aren't 100% sane.
    thats what the media wants you to think

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    Quote Originally Posted by Entropy View Post
    Because no one will nuke Singapore except a madman.

    The point of an invasion is to acquire the resources of the country. In SG's case, its strategic location and infrastructure.
    in that case , neutron bomb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Entropy View Post
    Because no one will nuke Singapore except a madman.

    The point of an invasion is to acquire the resources of the country. In SG's case, its strategic location and infrastructure.
    We got one in Asia just north of the Korean peninsular.

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    these are boring... u guys should go dig up transcripts of old BBC interviews.

    there is much more there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by halfhuman View Post
    Fallout 3?
    World in chaos, everywhere nuked

    Or if some singaporean offend Kim Jong il...
    You must be an avid gamer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Entropy
    Because no one will nuke Singapore ....
    unless the strategic location and infrastructure is working against em and that they do not have the resources to mount an invasion and tat its critical that we do not ally or fall into their enemy's hands.

    In short, u nuke just to deny your enemies.

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    toking about ukrainians... wat do they eat.... ponder....

    paiseh but me always associate nationality with their yum yum

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    Yeap, agreed.

    But this is more relevant to today's context.

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