The Cheonan “Incident”

I’m not surprised China cannot come to terms with the Cheonan “incident”. They have always propped up North Korea’s criminal regime. In addition, this wasn’t an act of “piracy”, this was an act of war. Surely this fact must be played down, to preserve the peace, right? Well, there isn’t much point in playing it down when the North has already declared war on the South. They unilaterally withdrew from the 56-year-old armistice on the 25 May 2010, thus returning to a de jure state of war.

The North claims that the attack on the Cheonan was a U.S./South Korean conspiracy designed to justify an invasion. I wouldn’t worry about that any time soon. However, far more worrying is the Obama administration’s reactionary policy, allowing North Korea, and their “big brother” China, to set the agenda.

“The incident is a rare act of national piracy, still denied by North Korea. More surprising is that China has found it impossible to come to terms publicly with the truth of the tragedy. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao described it as “an unfortunate incident”, adding “we will adopt an impartial position”. The biggest repercussion has been the resulting desire of other countries in the region to enhance their links, especially their naval connections, with the US navy – forming part of a chain of events involving the growing standoff over access to the South China Sea.”

‘Ship ‘sunk by North Koreans’: official independent report’
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/ship-sunk-by-north-koreans-official-independent-report/story-e6frg6so-1225939336789

“Since President Obama took office, North Korea has launched missiles, conducted a second nuclear test, seized a pair of U.S. journalists and sunk a South Korean warship, killing 46 sailors. This week, after South Korea halted aid and trade to Pyongyang, the North said it would sever relations with its neighbor. It also warned of more provocative actions if Seoul pushes ahead with plans to seek a U.N. Security Council resolution imposing additional sanctions….

Analysts worry, though, that the administration’s policy allows North Korea to set the agenda. The United States and its allies are constantly reacting to Pyongyang’s actions and, partly as a result, have little opportunity to reduce tensions or bolster diplomatic efforts.”

‘Analysis: North Korea tests U.S. policy of ‘strategic patience’ ‘
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/26/AR2010052605047.html

‘ROKS Cheonan sinking’
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ROKS_Cheonan_sinking

‘North Korea freezes relations with South Korea’
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/05/25/n.korea.threats/index.html?hpt=T3

18 October, 2010

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