Story here from the Edmonton Journal.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a statement on Victoria Day that Canada is joining sides with South Korea in countering North Korea’s apparent act of aggression on March 26 that involved the sinking of the South Korean naval vessel Cheonan, killing 46.
“Canada is now committed to a coordinated international response, including through the UN Security Council, as a result of this act,” Harper declared in a written press release. Canada will “move to suspend high-level visits to Canada by North Korean officials,” Harper said in response to statements made Sunday by Republic of Korea’s President Lee Myung-bak.
[..]”The Government of Canada will take steps to impose enhanced restrictions on trade, investment and other bilateral relations with North Korea, including the addition of North Korea to the Area Control List.
“Canada will also continue to consult and co-operate with South Korea, as well as our partners and friends, to ensure that a strong global approach is taken toward the current situation on the Korean Peninsula,” Harper said.
Three experts from the Canadian navy, in concert with representatives from Australia, Sweden, the U.K. and the U.S., assisted in the investigation that concluded that North Korea was responsible for the sinking of the South Korean ship, the press release stated.
That’s what Obama should have done, too. We should be parking a carrier battle group right where the ship went down and running ASW patrols around the clock as part of joint exercises with South Korea and Japan. We should be selling more arms (e.g. – SAMs, SSMs, and LAVs with ATGMs), to South Korea and Japan, and building additional ships to deploy in that theater. All vessels entering and leaving North Korea should be boarded and inspected by US naval forces. We should be stepping up espionage efforts to get advanced warning of North Korea’s plans.
There should be a swift response to the sinking of South Korea’s vessel – something visible to them, as well as a change in tone and policy in the CIA and the State Department. Kick the doves and the fifth-columnists out of national security and foreign policy, and get serious about making aggression costly on the aggressor. South Korea should just pass a law saying that for every warship of theirs sunk in mysterious circumstances, THREE warships in North Korea will be sunk in mysterious circumstances.
If only Harper were in control of the US military, then we could really get something done – and not just the economic sanctions that he is going to put into place. But with President Pantywaist in charge, our enemies can do anything they want to our poorly-armed allies like South Korea.
By the way, I found this story while browsing on My Can of Contemplation, which led me to Christian Conservative.
* When I say SSMs in this article, I mean surface-to-surface missiles, not same-sex marriage. We should NOT be selling our allies same-sex marriages, we should be selling them surface-to-surface missiles.
7 thoughts on “Stephen Harper makes a stand against North Korean aggression”
I couldn’t help but think how pathetic Clinton sounded as she harped on all the consequences this action was going to reap from the US, and I’m sure there will be plenty… things like to bed with you, and without supper!. She sounded the way she looked, like a saber rattling grandma!
Too bad our military can only launch words.
P.S. The last sentence needs a “not.”
Well, the object of war is to win without firing a shot. And Harper does at least have things to do that are MORE than words. I am NOT suggesting that the West jumps into war as the first resort. War is the LAST resort. But there things we can try to show them we mean business. You have to make people feel consequences when they do wrong, even if you don’t want to hurt them. It’s the only way they’ll learn to know where boundaries are.
When can we expect a post similarly condemning the criminal actions of Israel in international waters?
Swift response, visible consequences, making aggression costly to the aggressor. Sounds good to me.
Won’t hold my breath though.
You’re not going to get that post because I fully support Israel in that action. They did nothing wrong. I would have taken everyone on board into custody, charged them with crimes under Israeli law, and sent the ship to the bottom of the sea.
Charged them with what? Or would you just make something up?
Assault with a deadly weapon, namely knives and metal pipes.