Monday, May 31, 2010

Doubts Remain Over the Sinking of the Ch'ŏnan

"Remember the Maine," cautioned one colleague, to which I added a mention of the Gulf of Tonkin Incident; historian Robert Neff examines the "uncertainty of whether or not we are getting the full story" — Are we being told the truth about the Cheonan? Some email messages to my article — Hillary, Go Home! Leave the Koreas to the Koreans! — also expressed uncertainty:
    It remains uncertain that North Korea had anything to do with the sinking of the Cheonan. There are plenty of reasons to believe the whole 'North Korea did it' story is a concoction. The evidence presented so far is certainly unconvincing.

    But Hillary wants a war. Apparently, she doesn't care millions may die as a result. I agree: Hillary go home--but she would be happier in Israel.


    As much as I agree with the sentiments you expressed in your recent article about Korea, I must ask whether or not you are certain that North Korea sunk that South Korean vessel? The investigation was done in secret as far as I know and the results were vaguely worded, something about some pieces of metal that were recovered from the wreckage were similar to the parts found in a North Korean torpedo that the South Koreans had gotten hold of some years ago. Forgive me if I am skeptical that identifiable bomb parts can be so easily found under the sea after an explosion.

    I also read that the North Koreans asked to examine the evidence and were denied access under ANY circumstances. Why is the evidence being kept secret?

    The evidence that North Korea is responsible, coming from a close friend of the US regime that lied about the satellite photos of Iraq in order to start that war, is very much in question as far as I am concerned. After all, the Obama regime has benefited from this conveniently timed incident to scare/threaten the new Japanese government into accepting a new US Marine base in Okinawa. Plus, it is much easier for the South Koreans to blame the North rather than to admit that a negligently maintained vessel caused the deaths of their sailors.

    I look to see who benefits from an increase in hostilities, and it is not primarily Kim Jong Il as far as I can see. Are you confident that there really is evidence that the North Koreans are to blame and that they have, in fact, committed some unacceptable provocation?


    Thank you for writing this "Hillary, Go Home!. . . " article! I so wish that Japanese would learn to say that loudly as well. Especially when the sinking of Cheonan may have been caused by the USA rising (bottom) mine, a friendly-fire accident, it is truly a travesty to see H Clinton shaking her fingers at North Korea and citing that incident to coerce Japan to capitulate on the Okinawa base demands.

    I also do believe in the power of prayer for peace and reconciliation for personal, national and international matters. The wisdom of the Church's teaching on cardinal virtues, Faith, Hope and Charity, as the basis for the most enduring and effective mode of human endeavors is astounding. Power corrupts, but with Eucharist to keep our perspective refreshed, we may be spared of the overbearing corruption of hubris.
The last emailer links to an article by one Yoichi Shimatsu — Did an American Mine Sink South Korean Ship? This seems to me a reasonable approach — China proposes UN Military Armistice Commission convene for reinvestigation into Cheonan.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Russians and Chinese aren't sold on it either.

3:38 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

The Russians are coming -- Russian experts arrive in Seoul to investigate warship sinking blamed on North Korea.

6:23 PM  

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