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Foreign policy, Gangnam-style

Many American fans of “Gangnam Style,” the huge hit this year by the Korean singer PSY, are reeling from the recent revelation that earlier in his career, PSY sang a vitriolically anti-American song called “Dear America,” in which he rapped about killing Americans “slowly and painfully.”

The song, which PSY performed in 2004 at the height of anti-Iraq War sentiment in South Korea, was juvenile and offensive. He has rightfully apologized. Yet however hurtful the lyrics, they’re a reminder of something Americans would be wise to remember more often: the fact that, no, the rest of the world does not always love us.

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