Monday, May 24, 2010

No choice

Don't you think it is interesting that the sinking of the South Korean ship, and subsequent unsubstantiated bloviating about it being the work of North Korea, occurred right in the middle of delicate negotiations with Japan over the American base in Okinawa? Until recently, the Japanese government wanted to kick the Americans out of Okinawa:
"Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama decided to honor an agreement to relocate a U.S. military base within Okinawa, saying threats from countries such as North Korea trump local sentiment to shift it elsewhere.

Hatoyama has “no choice” but to relocate the Futenma Marine Air Base on the island, he told Okinawa Governor Hirokazu Nakaima yesterday. Apologizing for abandoning a campaign pledge, he said the decision was made “given security concerns in East Asia such as the situation on the Korean Peninsula.”"
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