Re: N. Korea attacks S. Korean island, killing 2 marinesNov 27th, 2010
1. According to established international laws, to whom do those disputed waters South Korea was practicing in belong, or is it not clear owing to a lack of a clearly defined border recognized by international laws?
2. If those waters are recognized by the international community as belonging to North Korea or, alternatively, are simply recognized by the international community as disputed, then why did South Korea decide to hold drills in those waters?
3. If those waters are recognized by the international community as either South Korean or simply disputed territory, then why did North Korea attack?
Personally, I'd judge responsibility along those criteria.
A) If those waters are recognized by international law as North Korean, then clearly South Korea is the aggressor, and we have no obligation towards it, ally or not, since it violated international law and therefore put itself and its allies in danger.In fact, should the UN give South Korea any kind of warning, we should stand behind the principle of international law. Nothing personal.
B) If they are recognized in international law as disputed waters, then both sides are equally culpable, South Korea for having carried out military drills in waters which are not clearly defined in international law as South Korean, and North Korea for having attacked South Korea for having entered waters international law does not recognize as North Korean anyway. If that is the case, I'd say the UN should condemn the actions of both Koreas equally and push them to settle the dispute as quickly as possible so as to establish clear boundaries as soon as possible.
C) If those waters were recognized by international law as being South Korean waters, then South Korea had every right to carry out exercises in those waters. Maybe not a wise move, but still within its rights, and North Korea is the clear aggressor. If that is the case, then certainly the international community should stand behind South Korea on this and South Korea, as per international laws, has a right to defend itself militarily to the extent necessary while doing all within reason to de-escalate tensions.
Again, nothing personal. International should prevail, if we want to call this world civilized.
As always with North Korea, actions directed outward are tied to internal events. It probably has something to do with Kim Jong-un. Perhaps it's meant to make the younger Kim look tough.
Actually, I believe the Bush administration was afraid of China and therefore wouldn't of taken any action against NK.
It' just a matter of time before either North Korea chills out a little or China gives the green light.