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Posted: Saturday, September 3, 2011 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:01 pm, Mon Oct 15, 2012.

True defenders

When I was a child in South Korea during the 1960s, we lived under the repressive dictatorship of Park Chung-hee. Anyone out after 10 p.m. curfew could be arrested. Anyone who tried to protest the government disappeared. A lot of people died fighting for democracy and human rights.

Today, the South Korean people carry in living memory the supreme struggles that forged the freedom they currently enjoy. And after all they’ve sacrificed, they are not going to give that freedom up.  

So it is no surprise that the tenacious, democracy-loving Koreans have been protesting again — this time for over four years, non-stop, day and night. They are determined to prevent construction of a huge military base on S. Korea’s Jeju Island that will cement over a reef in an area so precious it contains three UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

This eco-rich reef has not only fed islanders for millennia, but it has also been the “habitat” for Jeju’s lady divers who are famous for staying beneath the surface for astonishing periods of time, before coming up with all manner of treasures. Even during South Korea’s times of unspeakable poverty, subtropical Jeju Island was always so abundant with natural resources and beauty that no one ever felt “impoverished” there.

There happens to be a very strong connection between Jeju’s current troubles and business-as-usual on the Garden Isle. You see, the primary purpose of Jeju’s unwanted base is to port Aegis destroyer warships. And it is right here, at Kaua‘i’s Pacific Missile Range Facility, that all product testing takes place for the Aegis missile manufacturers.

On Aug. 29, when Sen. Dan Inouye was here to dedicate a new Aegis testing site, he said, “We are not testing to kill, but to defend.” It would have been more accurate if Inouye had said, “We are not testing to kill, but to increase profits for Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, no matter how many people are oppressed or how many reefs are destroyed.”

Four days later, on Sept. 2, I got a panicked call from a Korean friend that there had been a massive crackdown on the peace vigil in Gangjung village to protect Jeju’s reef from the Aegis destroyer project.

More than 1,000 South Korean police in head-to-toe riot gear descended upon men and women of all ages blockading construction crews from access to the site. At least 50 protestors were arrested, including villagers, Catholic priests, college students, visiting artists and citizen journalists. Several were wounded and hospitalized. My friend told me, “We fought so hard for democracy. And now this. It’s just like dictatorship times.”

Another reason the Koreans are so angry is that their government has been telling them that the Aegis technology will protect them from North Korea. But Aegis missiles launching from Jeju are useless against North Korea, because North Korean missiles fly too low. In a 1999 report to the U.S. Congress, the Pentagon verified that the Aegis system “could not defend the northern two-thirds of South Korea against the low flying short range Taepodong ballistic missiles.”

So if Aegis is no good against North Korea, why build the base? Again, this is not about defense, this is about selling missiles (and increasing profits for Samsung and other major contractors on the base construction job).

There is a strong similarity between resistance on Jeju (where a recent poll showed 95 percent of islanders are opposed to the base) and concurrent uprisings on Guam and Okinawa, as well. All three islands are slated for irreversible destruction to make way for Aegis destroyer berthing.

And who wouldn’t protest? Like us, these are island peoples who care passionately for their reefs, ocean ecosystems and fisheries. I have heard certain Jeju Islanders say they will fight to the death to protect their resources.

Today, the mayor of Gangjung himself, along with many others, languish in prison because of their uncompromising stance against the Aegis base. Fortunately, people across the Korean peninsula and beyond, are heading to Jeju to support the resistance movement.

Without peaceful warriors like them, there would be no more reefs, no more coral, no more fish, no more nothing. They are our true defenders, not the missile manufacturers, as Inouye’s sham logic would have us believe.

As the Pentagon conspicuously ramps up militarization in the Asia-Pacific region, individuals of good conscious should pursue de-militarization. In the words of Aletha Kaohi, “Look to within and get rid of the ‘opala, or rubbish.”

Koohan Paik, Kilauea

Abstention key

Thanks to Realtor Ron Margolis for his concise article on the issues of short sales and REOs in Friday’s Real Estate section in The Garden Island.

I might add a word of warning: It is possible that the lender may submit an IRS Form 1099 to taxing authorities on the “gain” arising from Short Sales.

IRS Form 1099 reports income. Let’s say the mortgage amount is $500,000, and the net proceeds of the Short Sale are $400,000. A lender might report a taxable gain by the seller of $100,000.

I regret I have no access to statistics on the frequency of such action by lenders, but it appears some do and some don’t. To me, filing such a report is very much like kicking someone who is already down. We can only hope that all lenders will abstain.

Tom Rice, Princeville

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32 comments:

  • Lyle Bargamento posted at 8:53 am on Mon, Sep 5, 2011.

    Lyle Bargamento Posts: 226

    Happy accident

    No the 1099 replying by the bank would not be classified as ordinary income when reported on a 1040. This is a sale of a house. You have a capital gain or loss.

     
  • RGGJR posted at 6:57 pm on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    RGGJR Posts: 1076

    I guess the slap in the face from Al Qaeda wasn't enough and in retrospect maybe we should drop our guard far enough and long enough to let them do some real damage other than damaging & knocking down a few buildings.

    Perhaps then our vocal doves and peace-nicks may sing another tune.

    Then again sometimes you just can't fix stupid no matter what happens and it's just best to hear them whine as we ignore them.


     
  • Happy Accident posted at 6:21 pm on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    Happy Accident Posts: 473

    [quote]onegeaeme said: " How in the world could he change it? But this I know, elect a republican and we will become even more fascistic. More alienated. More destructive."[/quote]

    You make me laugh! (Hahahahaha...) So you're saying that Obama is ineffective because he CAN'T change sqanything, but Republicans are effecitve because they CAN change things. You're logic is so lacking! BJ = Clueless!

     
  • billyjoebob posted at 6:07 pm on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    billyjoebob Posts: 1278

    Believe me it's all just " absolute nonsense ".
    Hardy har har.

     
  • onegeaeme posted at 4:55 pm on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    onegeaeme Posts: 5743

    "The professional military mind is by necessity an inferior and unimaginative mind; no man of intellectual quality would willingly imprison his gifs in such a calling." HG Wells

    "I hate war as a soldier who has lived it can, only as as one who has seen it brutality, its futility, its stupidity." Dwight Dl. Eisenhower

    "My first wish is to see this plague of mankind-war-banished from the earth." George Washington

    Rules of war: the rules, solemnly observed by sovereign nations, that make it illegal to hit below the toes." Leo Rosten

    A war leaves the country with three armies: an army of cripples, an army of mourners, and an army of thieves." German Proverb

    'Is not life miserable enough, comes not death soon enough, without resort to the hideous enginery of war?" Horace Greeley

    In peace, sons bury their fathers; in war, fathers bury their sons. Herodotus

    President Obama, Mazie, please read and listen.

    Peace and love bettejo

     
  • onegeaeme posted at 4:33 pm on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    onegeaeme Posts: 5743

    [quote]ZL85vj1 said: ""[/quote]

    The North Koreans are loons but they are not stupid. The writer of this post sounds as if he sleeps in a bunker under his water bed with the shades drawn.

    Peace and love bettejo

     
  • onegeaeme posted at 4:15 pm on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    onegeaeme Posts: 5743

    [quote]ZL85vj1 said: ""[/quote] Absolute nonsense.

    Peace and love bettejo

     
  • RGGJR posted at 4:14 pm on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    RGGJR Posts: 1076

    Actually the Ducks have a real good team, they just underestimated the ability of LSU to adapt and overcome, which they did.

    Of course they could also use cases of Stickum if they could get away with it being used...

    Don't get caught...

     
  • ZL85vj1 posted at 3:54 pm on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    ZL85vj1 Posts: 79

    [quote]Lyle Bargamento said: "Yes it's sad that all this energy and technology is being invested in a naval base. Peace talks with North Korea should be pursued. "


    Lyle, US offered this route, but NCK lineage of dictators refused any peaceful negotiations. Remember this? This 3 generation family dictatorship too busy raping, murdering and supressing human beings. D*mned psychopaths!

    One son of this lineage trying to flee to US, but stopped in Japan, busted due to bogus passport, authorities alerted.

    The United Nations shuns Communist N. Korea, organized communist movement in Asia/Pacific. Remember this? Many learned from example when Hitler ruled.

    USA is just playing games? We could find out. Do a test run. Ask US military to take a brief 30 day leave of absence. Then let's wait and see what happens.

    Anyone want to wager a bet on how long it takes our little islands, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, to be invaded or blown out of the water?

    What was that about delicate reefs?

     
  • ZL85vj1 posted at 3:32 pm on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    ZL85vj1 Posts: 79

    [quote]alien said: "Why don't you just ask the US Government to stop being mean?They are very reasonable. Then go punch yourself in the face it will soften the blow of reality."[/quote]


    Hmmm, maybe not such a bad idea. Reality is important.

     
  • ZL85vj1 posted at 3:29 pm on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    ZL85vj1 Posts: 79

    [quote]Cluesaw said: "Re: Koohan Paik's LTE "True Defenders"When Koohan writes "people of good conscious" should pursue demilitarization in the Asia Pacific region, what exactly does that mean? Remove all military presence in S Korea, Japan and Hawaii? "[/quote]

    Cluesaw, good question.

    Personally, I think Communist North Korea would be very interested in our little Hawaiian islands, if nothing more than for a few laughs and giggles and target practice.

    Or, maybe labor...how's every body's fine motor coordination? We can all labor in sweat shops for the rest of our lives, making cheap lead poisoned toys, that if we live to see this.

    I don't know, something's fishy about this LTE...yeah, just not adding up.

     
  • onegeaeme posted at 3:10 pm on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    onegeaeme Posts: 5743

    [quote]JRS said: "Happy Accident, keep your identity hidden you POS."[/quote]

    What's a POS? One thing you all know, I'm Bettejo and always will be.

    Peace and love bettejo

     
  • onegeaeme posted at 3:09 pm on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    onegeaeme Posts: 5743

    [quote]Happy Accident said: "LOL! BJ always wants her logical cake and to eat it too. If Obama leads this nation, and the nation is facist, then Obama is a willing perpetrator of fascism."[/quote]

    How in the world could he change it?

    But this I know, elect a republican and we will become even more fascistic. More alienated. More destructive. At least with a democrat in office we skip the deadly religious factor. We still have hope. MAZIE, OBAMA hope you are listening.

    Peace and love bettejo

    Peace and love bettejo

     
  • JRS posted at 2:04 pm on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    JRS Posts: 44

    Happy Accident, keep your identity hidden you POS.

     
  • John Zwiebel posted at 1:14 pm on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    John Zwiebel Posts: 2275

    [quote]Happy Accident said: "Once again, for all those “corporation” haters. These large corporations, even those which are part of the “military/industrial complex”, are largely owned by mutual funds and employee retirement systems. Therefore, if you have a retirement plan invested in the stock market, then you may well be a part owner of these dastardly corporate entities. "[/quote]

    FWIW: ever watch "Deadwood"?
    Bullock found it necessary to do a lot of business with Sweringen.

    You might have a point in a 'more perfect world', but that doesn't exist so you have no point.

     
  • billyjoebob posted at 1:06 pm on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    billyjoebob Posts: 1278

    " Gawd I love Football season... "

    How about those Ducks?

     
  • RGGJR posted at 12:45 pm on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    RGGJR Posts: 1076

    Gawd I love Football season...

     
  • Happy Accident posted at 12:43 pm on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    Happy Accident Posts: 473

    [quote]onegeaeme said: "I'm, at this moment, so ashamed to be an American. We are a fascist state. The nazi's of the world. Whoever is running this messed up country-don't blame Obama, he inherited it,...."[/quote]

    LOL! BJ always wants her logical cake and to eat it too. If Obama leads this nation, and the nation is facist, then Obama is a willing perpetrator of fascism.

     
  • Happy Accident posted at 12:34 pm on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    Happy Accident Posts: 473

    Once again, for all those “corporation” haters. These large corporations, even those which are part of the “military/industrial complex”, are largely owned by mutual funds and employee retirement systems. Therefore, if you have a retirement plan invested in the stock market, then you may well be a part owner of these dastardly corporate entities. If you don’t have a retirement program or stock investments, then I guess it sucks to be you!

    Lyle, Good point! The bank’s not going to report anything they aren’t required to report by law to report. So you can blame the government for the tax you’ll be assessed and not the banks who are merely following the law. How is this not obvious? Oh, ya…lot’s of the peeps here are amongst the half of the nation that don’t pay any income taxes. BTW - it’s not a “gain” as in capital gain, it’s taxed as ordinary income.

     
  • John Zwiebel posted at 12:02 pm on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    John Zwiebel Posts: 2275

    [quote]PeteAntonson said: " like the N.Y. Times, Gallop has a hard earned reputation to perserve."[/quote]

    While the premise is correct, it isn't clear to me how to verify the information provided by either organization. There is so much "noise" out there, it is nearly impossible to find the "signal". For example the story about the creation of the FHFA, which covered over 5 years, provided numerous "authentic" articles which appeared (to me) to be diametrically opposed, mostly because the same "facts" had different adjectives and verbs to describe the nouns that were imperfectly defined.

    So, it comes down to a subjective opinion. While I'm not doubting the facts you present concerning the Aegis deployment, the impetus behind it seems to me to be part of the military-industrial complex. "They" steal the food from our mouths to build up a defense against an (nearly) imaginary foe. And get rich in the process.

     
  • PeteAntonson posted at 11:32 am on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    PeteAntonson Posts: 2455

    truthislaw said on: September 4, 2011, 8:51 am: "1st of all who cares what the NYTimes says. Their word is creed?"

    Sources are critical in an era where propaganda has become so prevalent in the media. The N.Y. Times is held to, and meets, the highest levels of journalism. Certainly, exponentially higher than Ms. Paik did in this letter or her book. The Times is a refuge from much of the media for all those interested in the "truth" for reasons more than in name only. Ms. Paik's letter also cites a poll in a key point of persuation. She tells us nothing about it. There is quite a bit of difference between a Gallop Poll and the one on TGI online. Quite a bit of difference can be made by the scientific model Gallop chooses also; but, like the N.Y. Times, Gallop has a hard earned reputation to perserve.

     
  • onegeaeme posted at 10:25 am on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    onegeaeme Posts: 5743

    [quote]kalaheo123 said: "Koohan, your LTE reminded me of Catch-22.Destroy to defend to keep from being destroyed. That is the balance of our existence from the core of the earth to the outer unlimited (corners?) of space. Technology has accelerated the process. The process has accelerated technology. Fear & paranoia is what keeps the human portion of the process turning. The natural process which is in constant nonstop motion knows no fear, does not recognize cruelty and is completely immune to common man emotions. (sorta like the new leader of N.Korea, from what I have so far heard).Remember the process of balance because it is nearly impossible to see because it never seems to be."[/quote]

    Absolute total nonsense. You are rationalizing. We create enemies so we'll have someone to war with. Wars, with the support of the murderou$ patriarchal god-make the rich richer. The poor-and every other living thing on this planet-dead.

    I hope MAZIE is listening. OBAMA, too.

    Peace bettejo

     
  • onegeaeme posted at 10:08 am on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    onegeaeme Posts: 5743

    On a high note to start with, today the person I am most in love with is NATHAN EAGLE. His review of Shawshank was perfect. Do you know it was short story, Rita Hayworth & the Shawshank Redemption, written Stephen King?

    That helps, because KOOHAN PAIK'S letter breaks my heart. Were it possible I would be in South Korea protesting with the people of JeJu Island. I love my country but I'm, at this moment, so ashamed to be an American. We are a fascist state. The nazi's of the world. When it finally comes about that 'good' Americans must realize & accept this, my guess is we will find ourselves in the same position as your people.

    Whoever is running this messed up country-don't blame Obama, he inherited it, he didn't create it-falls into a bracket of human, social, & ecological alienation almost beyond human comprehension. We see dollar $ign$ instead of life & living things. The killing machine with the murderous patriarchal god on its side runs the show.

    Peace and love bettejo

     
  • kalaheo123 posted at 9:35 am on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    kalaheo123 Posts: 1052

    Koohan, your LTE reminded me of Catch-22.

    Destroy to defend to keep from being destroyed. That is the balance of our existence from the core of the earth to the outer unlimited (corners?) of space. Technology has accelerated the process. The process has accelerated technology. Fear and paranoia is what keeps the human portion of the process turning. The natural process which is in constant nonstop motion knows no fear, does not recognize cruelty and is completely immune to common man emotions. (sorta like the new leader of N.Korea, from what I have so far heard).

    Remember the process of balance because it is nearly impossible to see because it never seems to be.

     
  • Lyle Bargamento posted at 8:58 am on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    Lyle Bargamento Posts: 226

    Tom Rice

    I would think this would be a tax code issue rather than banks sticking it to borrowers. That 1099 gain would be offset by the loss on the sale. What tax are you referring to?

     
  • truthislaw posted at 8:53 am on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    truthislaw Posts: 1011

    The problem is not ʻdefenseʻ. It is the proliferation and feverish build up for profits justified by ʻdefenseʻ.
    True defense is protecting life and all that sustains it.
    That would be: reefs.

     
  • truthislaw posted at 8:51 am on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    truthislaw Posts: 1011

    [quote]PeteAntonson said: "By omission, the implication is made that this is a U. S. Navy base we are building. According to the New York Times, it is a Republic of Korea (ROK) Naval base built by, and paid for, entirely by them. The Destroyers based there will be purchased by, and belong to, the ROK Navy. By treaty, the U. S. Navy has access to ROK Bases. This project includes a harbor that will accomodate not only Destroyers; but, Cruise Ships expected to visit this tourist destination. The Times article describes a community divided over the economic benefits vs. preservation, as well as those who favor China vs. those who fear it. It would appear to make the 95% poll result highly suspect.http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/19/world/asia/19base.html?pagewanted=all"[/quote]

    1st of all who cares what the NYTimes says. Their word is creed?
    As to who owns the base...get real. Nobody does anything without the US getting their gouge.

     
  • Lyle Bargamento posted at 8:48 am on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    Lyle Bargamento Posts: 226

    Yes it's sad that all this energy and technology is being invested in a naval base. Peace talks with North Korea should be pursued.

     
  • PeteAntonson posted at 7:49 am on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    PeteAntonson Posts: 2455

    By omission, the implication is made that this is a U. S. Navy base we are building. According to the New York Times, it is a Republic of Korea (ROK) Naval base built by, and paid for, entirely by them. The Destroyers based there will be purchased by, and belong to, the ROK Navy. By treaty, the
    U. S. Navy has access to ROK Bases. This project includes a harbor that will accomodate not only Destroyers; but, Cruise Ships expected to visit this tourist destination. The Times article describes a community divided over the economic benefits vs. preservation, as well as those who favor China vs. those who fear it. It would appear to make the 95% poll result highly suspect.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/19/world/asia/19base.html?pagewanted=all

     
  • alien posted at 5:22 am on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    alien Posts: 341

    Why don't you just ask the US Government to stop being mean?They are very reasonable. Then go punch yourself in the face it will soften the blow of reality.

     
  • interesting posted at 4:41 am on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    interesting Posts: 1931

    "It would have been more accurate if Inouye had said, “We are not testing to kill, but to increase profits for Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, no matter how many people are oppressed or how many reefs are destroyed.'"

    -- no, b/ the local governments there (s. korea, taiwan, etc) are increasingly worried about the growing militarily aggressive posture of china. so the regional militaries there have been ramping up a bit for a reason. and any honest person halfway paying attention to the region knows this

    having said that (ie, stated the obvious), it also seems that people are hoping that the new chengdu jet fighter, new carrier, etc is more a matter of "pride" than it is their setting the groundwork for increasingly incorporating military might in their regional foreign policy

    arguably the better point to make is: poor leadership and geopolitical diplomacy in general -- and especially as to china -- can also result in various environmental harms

     
  • Cluesaw posted at 4:33 am on Sun, Sep 4, 2011.

    Cluesaw Posts: 281

    Re: Koohan Paik's LTE "True Defenders"

    When Koohan writes "people of good conscious" should pursue demilitarization in the Asia Pacific region, what exactly does that mean? Remove all military presence in S Korea, Japan and Hawaii?

     

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