Inspired by my wife, who has asked two questions of LOST, I submitted my own tonight.
A great deal of symbolism and metaphor plays into every episode of LOST. So much so that I assume the entire series is, in fact, another (greater) metaphor or symbol. It seems to me that the struggle between Whidmore and Linus over The Island bears strong resemblance to the Dokdo/Takeshima kerfuffle between Japan and South Korea (http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2009/02/dokdo_or_takeshima.html). Can you confirm or deny that LOST is, in fact, little more than an impressive, epic incarnation indicative of an inane Asian insular impasse?