Is this just a matter of national pride for Korea or are there underlining circumstances that most outsiders just don’t comprehend. My guess is that for the majority of Koreans that go to work each day or who live their life like the rest of us, the issue of the Dokdo islets is a matter of nationalistic pride.
This is understandable since as one Korean-American put it, how would America feel if Canada started claiming American territory as its own. Despite the fact that this may sound totally irrational to most of us, this is exactly what is happening to Korea, one of its neighbors has come in and laid claim to something that has historically been Korean territory for hundreds of years if not longer.
Michael, this is why God made Wikipedia. The United States currently has five — count ’em, FIVE — pending territorial disputes with those land-grabbing rat bastards to the north. They would be:
- Machias Seal Island
- Strait of Juan de Fuca
- Dixon Entrance
- Alaska-Yukon Dispute in the Beaufort Sea
- Northwest Passage
As all its unfortunate neighbors know, Canada, like Japan, has a long history of territorial aggrandizement — just ask Denmark, a fellow victim of naked Canadian aggression.
PS: The Kurils are not uninhabited.
PPS: This has me thinking — clearly, there’s room for international solidarity here. I say we gather up funds to buy a full-page ad in the Chosun Ilbo bringing attention to the Canadian militarists’ unjust and destabilizing occupation of the Machias Seal Island. After all, first it’s Machias Seal Island, then it’s Detroit… which, come to think of it, might not be such a bad thing.
“When Machias Island was in Harper’s Land,
Let my puffins go.”