Re: “South Korean Probe Won’t Settle Warship Dispute” By Mark Thompson ( http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2011507,00.html )
Time (and many other Western news media) should really stop repeating the misleading or false statement regarding Sweden, such as “The South Korean government, aided by experts from the U.S., Australia, the U.K., Canada and Sweden, alleges that a North Korean midget submarine fired a 500-lb. torpedo at the 1,200-ton Cheonan on March 26, killing 46 South Korean seamen.”
Sweden was clearly NOT a member of the investigation group called “the Multinational Combined Intelligence Task Force” and
only that group did, WITHOUT Sweden, allegedly find that North Korea was to be blamed.
There were basically two groups.
Read for yourself the June 4th letter to the U.N. “report” –
“Letter dated 4 June 2010 from the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations addressed to the President of the Security Council.” (See http://www.securitycouncilreport.org/atf/cf/%7B65BFCF9B-6D27-4E9C-8CD3-CF6E4FF96FF9%7D/DPRK%20S%202010%20281%20SKorea%20Letter%20and%20Cheonan%20Report.pdf )
This June 4th letter to the U.N. “report” is not of Sweden, it is of the Republic of Korea; and this June 4th letter to the U.N. “report” is not signed by Sweden, but it is only signed by “(Signed) Park In-kook Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations.”
Show me a report signed by Sweden that finds North Korea guilty.
From what I read so far, no such thing has ever EVEN been produced to the public.
Moreover, the June 4th letter to the U.N. “report” is not the original report; the original “report” is the JIG’s 5-page statement(or “report”) of May 20th. (See the bottom portion of http://japanfocus.org/-JOHN-MCGLYNN/3372 )
Read for yourself that JIG’s official “report” of May 20th.
Note that even the original – the JIG’s statement(or “report”) of May 20th – was NOT signed by Sweden.
“That’s it. That’s all their “evidence” that the international investigators presented in their UNSIGNED report. That’s right, no one knows who the “investigators” were since they didn’t take the time to sign their work.” (See http://willyloman.wordpress.com/2010/05/24/the-sinking-of-the-cheonan-we-are-being-lied-to/ )
The JIG’s statement(or “report”) of May 20th states clearly:
“In addition, the findings of the Multinational Combined Intelligence Task Force, comprised of 5 states including [of course, South Korea,] the US, Australia, Canada and the UK [and NO Sweden] and operating since May 4th, are as follows:
The North Korean military is in possession of a fleet of about 70 submarines,
Based on all such relevant facts and classified analysis, we have reached the clear conclusion that ROKS “Cheonan” was sunk as the result of an external underwater explosion caused by a torpedo made in North Korea. The evidence points overwhelmingly to the conclusion that the torpedo was fired by a North Korean submarine. There is no other plausible explanation.
THU. 20 MAY, 2010
The Joint Civilian-Military
(See http://japanfocus.org/-JOHN-MCGLYNN/3372 )
The June 4th letter to the U.N. “report,” unsigned by Sweden, states too that there were two groups including the JIG:
“the investigation conducted by the Joint Civilian-Military Investigation Group of the Republic of Korea with the participation of international experts from Australia, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States, and the Multinational Combined Intelligence Task Force, comprising the Republic of Korea, Australia, [NOT Sweden], Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States,”
and that Sweden was clearly NOT a member of the group which allegedly found that North Korea was to be blamed:
“11. In addition, the findings of the Multinational Combined Intelligence Task Force, comprising five [NOT six, as it should be if included Sweden] States including the United States, Australia, [NOT Sweden], Canada and the United Kingdom, and operating since 4 May, are as follows: …”
According to John McGlynn at http://japanfocus.org/-JOHN-MCGLYNN/3372 :
“The English version of the JIG statement is five pages long (see the complete text below). Thus far, only the 5-page version has been made available to western media.
Though unremarked in the western media, the 5-page statement actually consists of two statements. The first statement reviews engineering and other physical evidence that allegedly explain how the Cheonan sank. The information in this review, which may be plausible, is not discussed in this paper. Five countries contributed to the work described in the first statement: the United States, South Korea, the United Kingdom, Australia and Sweden. How and how much they contributed is unknown. In any event, the full 5-page statement appears to be the exclusive property of the South Korean defense ministry, since the ministry controlled its release on May 20 and since then has handled official presentations.
The second statement, one page in length, presents a conclusion that North Korea sank the Cheonan by torpedo. The authorship of this second statement is not made clear. The statement itself only says that the U.S, South Korea, the U.K, Canada and Australia, but not Sweden, contributed to the second-statement findings. Moreover, the second statement describes these five countries as members of a unit called the Multinational Combined Intelligence Task Force. How this Task Force relates to the JIG investigation is unclear (more on this point below).”
Time wrote, (although it did not state whether the polls had been taken right after the military’s one-sided TV announcement of the “findings announced May 20”),
“[a]bout 1 in 4 South Koreans share such doubts.”
But that poll may be outdated and/or was erroneous,
for I have read elsewhere,
“[m]ore than half citizens of S. Korea don’t believe the official report on that sunk ship.”
South Korean people’s firsthand knowledge about the pro-government polls is that they are ridiculously overinflated.
A proof: war-fear-mongering South Korean President Lee Myung-bak got unexpectedly humiliated on the June 2 election by the “Supposedly less so enlightened” Korean people,
when “survey conducted by the major daily [pro-government]Dong-A Ilbo and the Korea Research Center from May 24 to 26[7-days-before] forecast[ed] that Oh would beat Han by 20.8 percent.”
Actual election result: 0.6 percent(=”47.4 percent”-“46.8 percent.”)
4. Compare and contrast.
9/11; Al-Qaeda; brags We did it(, was not wrong, not sorry about it and we will do it again).
Cheonan; North Korea; brags We didn’t do it (therefore, presumably, was wrong, sorry about it and we will not do it). (Why the difference?)
Crime and punishment. If we are taking consequentialist moral philosophy, and if the utilitarian utility of punishment is to prevent future crime, then punishment serves little or no purpose (maybe to others but not)to North Korea who says ‘We didn’t do it,’ because either (a) the North didn’t do it, therefore the punishment will be outrageous injustice,
or (b) the North did do it, but ‘We didn’t do it’ basically implies ‘We will not do it.’
(This particular ‘it’ hardly gives the North any payoff.)
Consider what the above “This particular ‘it'” it was – relatively a small potato compared to the targets, the Pentagon, the White House, the United States Congress, the Twin Towers, etc.
And what “payoff”?(with no bragging rights, with no ‘We-beat-you-up-real-bad-now-you-get-scared-of-us’)
*If you don’t get scared of us, how can We become the terrorist, and if you don’t know We did it, how can you get scared of us?
Moreover, North Korea knows that even if they (North Korea) deny it, they cannot just keep rattling their sword, for,
since when, do the US and South Korean governments believe them and apparently not treat it as “an act of war” NO MATTER what they say?
So why is North Korea saying We didn’t do it?
It has never been the case in all Korean history that North Korea had sunk a South Korean vessel and claimed they didn’t do it (as far as I know).
Isn’t the non-communist Russia a part of the international community?
Russia had a Cheonan investigation team in Korea, and,
“Russian Probe Sees No North Korea Hand In Cheonan Sinking! Russia Says Sea Mine Sunk Cheonan”
( http://socioecohistory.wordpress.com/2010/07/28/russian-probe-sees-no-north-korea-hand-in-cheonan-sinking/ )