Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Hans Island East Asian Style

People shook their heads in disbelief when Canada and Denmark came to dispute a worthless windblown rock called Hans Island. When countries come to loggerheads, it should be over something significant. Hans Island was not significant except to national pride.

Here we go again.

Admittedly Takeshima / Tkodo are a little more valuable than Hans Island (there are fishing grounds there) but, considering the situation in East Asia, are these islands worth a conflict? North Korea is developing nukes and the two countries most threatened by those nukes should stand together. Yes Japan commited attrocities against the Koreans more than half a century ago, but North Korea is commiting attrocities against the Korean people right now! Hostility between South Korea and Japan is not in either nation's best interest and these Islands are not worth the trouble.


Blogger ABFreedom said...

They should put the leaders of the disputing nations on these rocks and let them fight it out... We busted a gut over Hans Island, it was the stupidest thing we've seen the feds do yet .. .

8:46 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Yes, you are right. But in Asia, losing face is very bad, and therefore this disagreement will probably drag on for several more decades. Canada has so much territory now that I can't see why they don't let tiny Denmark have that useless rock. BTW, check out the new drawing at my place for Illustration Friday.

5:53 PM  
Blogger shoprat said...

abf Our feds do some dumb things as well put think Hans Island gave a laugh to just about anyone who knew about the situation.

tim you're probably right about it dragging out and it's sad because there is no reason for it, other than face.

10:23 PM  

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