Thursday, November 12, 2009

Naval Base on Jeju Island - China's strangulation continues

Jeju Island where is it? Jeju Island, known as the "Island of the Gods"
Or the "Island of Peace."
Designated as an environmentally pristine place.
Why a naval base there? The extension of US military power?

Korean naval base to bring unwanted change



Despite heavy opposition from Jeju residents the proposed Korean naval base is scheduled to begin construction later this year. Jeju Governor Kim Tae-hwan survived a recall vote over his plan to allow the base in early October. The Jeju Elections Commission resolved the vote was invalid after a turnout of only 11 percent of the 33 percent required showed. In lieu of the negative attention surrounding the contradictory notion of missile defense warships docked at Jeju’s proclaimed “Island of Peace,” people from all over are coming out of the wood work to shout about how destructive the base would be not only to the ideal of a peaceful society, but to the precious environment that will inevitably suffer as well.

(election troubles, how come we didn't hear about them?)

The southern part of the island, specifically Gangjeong, the proposed location of the base, bears international significance for multiple reasons. Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space and recently, he visited Jeju to determine the severity of the proposed naval base. He says the most noteworthy reason for the base is structured around the fact that Jeju is the crossroad for the Malaka Straight where 80% of China’s oil is transported from the middle east.

“If the United States is able to militarily choke off the straight then the U.S. would be able to hold the keys to China’s economic engine. As the U.S. economy is collapsing the U.S. military strategy has been determined that the way we will control the world is to control the distribution of oil and natural gas…I believe that the base at Jeju is the key for this particular strategy and particularly for choking off the straight and controlling China,” said Gagnon.

Oh, and this place is beautiful, just beautiful.
Sadly, it will become a military target.



8 comments:

  1. This makes me so mad.

    I can't help feeling that world events will overtake the schedule for building this base. With the dollar crumbling, and those holding dollar reserves (China, Japan, Russia and Europe) looking to recoup their losses, a provocative act like building this base could easily draw out the big guns...


    Scary as fuck.

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  2. Just think - if the Americans had actually voted Ron Paul into presidency this would NOT be happening. But no, the mainstream had to smear him as an anti-semite, racist, kook.

    Now, they clamour for his opinion.

    The Yanks won't change - they don't own their country - none of us do. They will keep building the empire, on and on, til the parasites infesting her move onto the next one.

    Same old same old.

    Buffy

    (security word: Billu hah!!)

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  3. Buffy - I was an early advocate of Dr Paul myself, but I have to admit that no one person is in a position to stop this juggernaut single-handedly.

    Revolution anyone?

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  4. Edo, couldn't agree more, this is scary stuff.
    Building the base will certainly not be looked upon favourably by China.

    and yes, buff and edo the system is rotten to the core.



    I was thinking what a beautiful place that Island is, and that there are so many beautiful places on the earth, lovely people and the powerful ones play their war games destroying so many lives and the environment for profit.

    And as long as people are both blind and foolish it will go on and on and on.

    Revolution? in that we need change, not the hope of change, we need to change, each on of us, that is the only way I can think that their will be revolution

    sigh....

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  5. Hey guys,

    Edo - Dr. Paul is a long time fav of mine as well. Read his snippets wrt the drug war - a lone voice of reason I must say. You are correct though, it would take more than one individual to fix this bloody mess - perhaps we could have a three way ticket: Dr. Paul, Jesse Ventura and for fun Dennis Kucinich!! Jesse can kick their asses from here to kingdom come.

    I can dream!!

    Penny - yeah - things won't change because they are using shock and awe on the populace. Everyone is too freaked out to think straight, take a breath and organise.

    Woe be us.

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  6. I know this must sound pessimistic, but I don't think anything can stop what is coming. TPTB will, to a certain extent, see their goal of control through. They will secure energy at any cost, even if that means upsetting the Chinese, Russians, or anyone else. Whether they try their hand at a spot of population reduction, who is to know?

    We can wish all we like that things weren't like this, and that leaders would emerge that COULD change things. Again, my pessimism tells me that those leaders will not emerge. The system is designed that way. You're either a fully paid up member (and that includes the likes of Paul and Kucinich) or you're a wannabe.

    The change has to come from within.

    Hopefully, my resilience, ability to adapt, compassion, and love for my fellow man will have a positive effect on myself and those around me. Maybe that won't be enough. At least I will have the clear conscience that the buck stopped with me, and that I changed. I stopped being brainwashed. I stopped watching tv. I stopped believing that a government was there for our benefit. And, I stopped wishing and started living, experiencing this beautiful life for what it is.

    (can you tell i'm feeling a bit melancholic today?!) :-)

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  7. It is easy to feel melancholy when you look around at the events taking place in this crazy world.

    Don't let it get ya down!

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  8. If you oppose the construction of a naval base on this Island of Peace, please join this facebook group and invite your friends to do the same.

    http://www.facebook.com/#/group.php?gid=214237379814&ref=mf

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