As touched on in my last podcast, Northeast Asia is a closet freakshow of passive-aggressive territorial and border disputes. To show you how absolutely absurd some of this can be, one island group I mentioned specifically in the podcast was the Liancourt Rocks–known as Dokdo to the South Koreans, and as Takeshima to the Japanese. This is the crag I mentioned as only being large enough to accommodate a listening post/observation post (LP/OP), or give the birds a dry place to shit as they fly over the Sea of Japan.
Wednesday, South Korea began a series of military exercises in order to manifest a show of force against the Japanese, over ownership of these rocks. Much to the Japanese’s disapproval, of course. Because… ya know, South Korea doesn’t have anything else to worry about in their AO than to flex nuts on the one country in the area that shares their *primary* adversary.
The Liancourt Rocks–I’ll use the honky nomenclature in order to avoid expressing any overt preference, here–are one of a few disputes held between Japan and KS. And, honestly, my issue here isn’t that there’s an issue, it’s that KS is picking *now* to focus in on it.
So… lemme see if it tracks here, so you can track:
1. The South Korean gov is in a near shambles due in no small part to their last president being negligent and more than just a little bit freaky. (I’d party with her.)
2. North Korea is run by, at the very least, an immature kid who is completely out of touch with actual reality. That kid is testing missiles that *can already level Seoul*, and is trying to level Tokyo. (Full disclosure here… I’d probably party with that guy, too, if there were naked chicks in tanks.)
3. Japan is doing everything a responsible nation might do in order to stop either part of Number Two from happening. (Except the partying.)
4. South Korea is militarily dry humping itself in order to piss off the one nation in a 1000 mile radius it should at least be trying to be cordial with.
5. Everyone else is face-palming.
In KS, a number of people over the years have actually committed suicide in protest of Japan claiming the Liancourt. In Japan, a number of people have WTFed at those South Koreans.
The rocks themselves represent almost absolutely zero strategic value. They *do*, however, represent South Korea’s ability to at the very least try to control something that’s going on in their neighborhood.
And that’s gotta mean somethin’, right?
Featured image courtesy of www.dokdo-takeshima.com