Leftists Embrace North Korea — And China

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The ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) Coalition called for “emergency protests” in Washington, DC and California last weekend to prevent a “new Korean War.” ANSWER had been one of the leading groups staging mass demonstrations against early U.S. military operations in Iran and Afghanistan, but their efforts petered out. The group’s opposition to American foreign policy has not slackened. Its statement issued Nov. 26 placed full blame for the Korean crisis on “the Obama administration and its South Korean client government led by the rabidly anti-communist President Lee Myung-bak.”

ANSWER claims:

The crisis there is the result of a policy of deliberate provocation by the U.S. and South Korea over the past several months. These provocations are targeting both the DPRK and the People’s Republic of China, countries where the often-concealed but very real aim of U.S. leaders — Democrats and Republicans alike – is regime change.” This line is taken directly from Beijing’s hard-line rhetoric during the summer when the United States discussed holding joint exercises with South Korea in the Yellow Sea, but did not do so. Still, ANSWER blames the allies for a “threatening message of escalation since China considers these waters to be part of its sovereign territory.

China’s claims are, however, illegal under the international law of the sea.  The Yellow Sea is not Beijing’s territory or even “territorial waters.” China is attempting to convert its rights in a 200 mile “exclusive economic zone” into sovereign control, which is not a proper interpretation of the law. “We hold a consistent and clear-cut stance on the issue. We oppose any party to take any military actions in our exclusive economic zone without permission,” said a statement by the Foreign Ministry on Nov. 25. Yet, free navigation is allowed through any EEZ as the traditional use of international waters. It should also be noted that China is not the only country opening onto the Yellow Sea, South Korea does as well.

Throughout the summer, there were bellicose editorials in the state-run Chinese media about how any show of force against Pyongyang was a threat to China, and that Beijing needed weapons to “kill” American carriers. This union of interest between the two communist regimes recalled the earlier Korean War (1950-53) when Chinese troops intervened to prevent the collapse of North Korea after its failed invasion of South Korea.

But China’s claims run far beyond the Yellow Sea. There were a series of diplomatic disputes during the summer, as Beijing attempted to incorporate the South and East China seas into its domain. China held military exercises in all the adjacent waters, provoking a backlash that manifested itself at the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in June at which the U.S. backed the smaller states against Chinese claims. The aircraft carrier George Washington and its escorts sailed through the South China Sea to support U.S. diplomacy just as it is doing today in the Yellow Sea.

There was no mention in the ANSWER discussion of the sinking of the South Korean corvette Cheonan by a North Korea submarine last March with the loss of 46 lives. There was no retaliation against Pyongyang for this act of war, only the holding of military exercises meant to show the solidarity of the U.S.-ROK alliance. The deterrent effect of these maneuvers was weakened by President Barack Obama’s decision not to send a carrier group into the Yellow Sea where the Cheonan went down. Instead, operations were moved to the Sea of Japan away from China, a change that Beijing undoubtedly considered a victory.

The South Koreans did hold exercises in the Yellow Sea and ANSWER claimed this justified North Korea’s attack on Yeonpyeong island. That there is a major difference between practice firing weapons in the open sea and firing artillery at populated areas across a boundary was lost on ANSWER.

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  • jemc50

    WTF!!! I really shouldn't drink when I read things like this. It really pisses me off. Our ally is South Korea and has been for sixty years. North Korea is a communist Stalinist state that would like nothing better than to subjugate South Korea and push them into the same starvation society the North has.

    What the hell is in the water these ANSWER people have been drinking?

    • ajnn

      Are they drinking 'kool-ade' or 'kabbala-water' and does it matter?

      Wasn't the Korean War a United Nations war (declared and led) and not a US war?

      The Left seems to be comfusing episodes of the TV show 'MASH' with reality.

      • jemc50

        It was a "police action" declared by the UN. The USSR had boycotted the Security Council meeting and wasn't there to veto the resolution for the "police action". So, in effect it was not a "declared war", but a UN approved "police action" resolution that was militarily led by the US.

        The USSR provided "advisors" and the Red Chinese provided NK with additonal forces when it looked like the UN forces would reunify the peninsula. It was basically fought to a truce, but it has never been concluded with a peace treaty.

  • http://apollospaeks.townhall.com ApolloSpeaks

    JIMMY CARTER AND THE CRUX OF THE CONFLICT BETWEEN NORTH AND SOUTH KOREA

    Let's get to the chase, this is a conflict between two irreconcilaible political principles: totalitarian tyranny and democratic capitalism with the former wanting to destroy the later as its most feared and dangerous enemy. The conflict is that simple. And once this simple truth is grasped you will understand how foolish, stupid and willfully blind leftists like Jimmy Carter are.

    The Communist Kim regime of North Korea has two fixed goals 1) keeping itself in power (the perpetuation of its tyranny) and 2) the reunifucation of the Korean Peninsula under its monstrous, crushing, impoverishing rule. Indeed, the essence of totalitarianism is insecurity and as long as South Korea exists as a free, economically thriving democratic state it poses an existential threat to Communist North's evil regime. In other words, nothing short of Seoul's surrender to Pyongyang will ultimately allay Kim's fears of freedom and appease him.

    Click my name and read the rest of this widely posted article on my top ten Townhall blog.

  • http://qwest.com Steve Chavez

    My Governor, Bill Richardson, former UN Ambassador and Energy Secretary, hosted four N. Koreans in Santa Fe during his first week in office. Santa Fe is twenty miles from Los Alamos. Bill was passed over for Al Gore's VP pick because of the Wen Ho Lee spy scandal that hit Los Alamos. Soon after these meetings, the NK tested a nuke and now have a nuke program! Connect the Dots! (Bill also allows illegals to have driver's licenses and even Chinese, and other illegals from all over the U.S., are flocking here to get one!) Bill visited Cuba several times and the only thing he had bad to say about Castro was that he "had bad dandruff." PATTERN? Bill is friends with every dictator in the world! He even met Saddam. Don't you think that these dictators would only allow those who agreed with them to meet with them?

    • Joseph Tan

      Such a lame deduction, if upheld you can ALMOST JUSTIFY ANYTHING and EVERYTHING

  • USMCSniper

    Most Americans don't know, but In 2005, General Chi Haotian of China, the minister of national defense since 1993 and head of the 25 million strong Red Army, revealed in his speeches in 2008 that in China’s inevitable war on the United States, from one-third to two-thirds of Americans would be poisoned or infected biologically by the Chinese, and their homes and property would be transferred over to Chinese settlers, since the Chinese (and not the Germans, as Chi stipulated in his speech) are the superior race and must have control of everything best in the world. In the United States, an American’s traitors will be seen to be allies.

    • Ccomry

      It is the Peoples' Liberation Army in China, not the Red Army. That was the name of the Soviet army.

      • ajnn

        The Chinese regard themselves as 'The Middle Kingdom' and the rest of us are the 'Lower Kingdom'. The 'Upper Kingdom' is heaven. The Chinese often refer to themselves as the 'Sons of Heaven'.

        There is a 'racial superiority' issue here, just as it is present in our relations with the Islamic world. Please note: THEY ARE THE RACISTS.

    • Joseph Tan

      YOU TALK CRAB. YOU MAY NOT EVEN READ OR UNDERSTAND MANDARIN!!!

  • USMCSniper

    What f**king ever. Either is correct. I assume that you want American Pokitburo (Congress) to make legislation for reducation camps for stupid American populace for one world communist government for greater glory of Chairman Obama.

  • http://apcnational.wordpress.com/ Mike in VA

    ANSWERniks = Freedom's parasites

    Christopher Hitchens accurately describes ANSWER as "a front for (depending on the day of the week) fascism, Stalinism, and jihadism" in his outstanding background article "Anti-War, My Foot":
    http://www.slate.com/id/2126913/

    These America-hating moonbats are a prime example of how illiberal the Left has always been.

  • Spirit_Of_1683

    It is pretty clear that those holding the placard reading "No new Korean War, US Out " belong in North Korea with the message "Don't eat your 125 grammes all at once" ringing in their ears.

  • American_Flag

    All together now…

    As Americans we should embrace diversity…right?

    Let's all become Communist Socialist North Korean Moslems who give all our earnings to the gov't…Sounds sooooo great.

    HOW STUPID HAVE WE BECOME?…my God, liberlism is going to do us in. Where is democracy and freedom in our great republic?

    Travstey.

  • Ghostwriter

    Why are these ANSWER idiots siding with North Korea? I watched a documentary on North Korea once. The stories the refugees from that country are horrible. Starvation,political repression. Why in heaven's name are these people siding with that beast,Kim Jong-Il and his inhuman government?

    • BoogiesDaddy

      Because America protects Jews, they hate America.

      It's a spiritual thing.

  • tedh754

    Nowadays, if there was a new Hitler and he was anti -American, he would be blessed by the leftists. No matter what happens, no matter how atrocious, as long as it is "anti-American" it is OK. This is the result of the "education" of morons.

  • Jim

    If China wishes to throw it's weight around Then they need to invision what would happen should we cut off trade with them. They need also consider the result if we refused to pay back all the money we owe China.

    Rule: When you have borrowed enough money from a bank you are no longer a debtor. You are a partner.

    If they really must be paid back then give them all the empty houses we can't sell.

    Perhaps they refuse to buy our exports to them,then they must consider where they can find a source of so much cheap food. Can they grow it?

  • http://apollospaeks.townhall.com ApolloSpeaks

    WHY DO LEFTISTS LOVE NORTH KOREA?

    Because of their super successful energy conservation and starvation programs. It 's not a nation of irresponsible consuming pigs polluting the planet and contributing to catastrophic climate change. In short, NK is the model socialist state with the answer to saving the world..

  • guest

    OP lives in the 60s and haven't grow up. US basically has no business in South Korea anymore. In the Korean war, US fight for South Korea because 1) Stop communism and 2) South Korea is too weak. Now, South Korea is one of wealthiest country in the world and North Korea is emperor dynasty system (and not communist country).

    It is freaking civil war. If Koreans want to fight it, let them fight.