Monday, January 17, 2011

Somali Pirates, the Korean Navy, and the American Empire

"A 4,500-ton South Korean destroyer was proceeding toward a Korean commercial vessel apparently hijacked by the Somali pirates Sunday," reports Shin Hae-in, noting that "President Lee Myung-bak called on his government to 'make the utmost effort in having the crew return home safely'" — Destroyer approaching hijacked vessel.

This development belies that neoconservative/neoliberal argument for the American Empire which holds that the world is utterly dependent on the navy of "the indispensible nation" to keep the sea lanes open, lest the global economy collapse and a new dark age descend upon us. The reality is that just about every nation understands the importance of global trade and is more than willing to defend its own interests without the deindustrialized American taxpayer having to foot the bill.

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Blogger Francis Xavier said...

I think the notion that the US doesn't get its pound of flesh for providing security is illusory.

The costs are clear and apparent; the benefits less easily apparent.

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