Apparently there’s more instability in the Korean peninsula than I realized…And U.S. plans to respond militarily to Iran are now topics of discussion, as if that would surprise anyone. But, as for the Koreas…If the North sank the Cheonan (and Joshua Stanton presents a good summary of indications that that may have happened…), well, that doesn’t bode well for the stability of East Asia. Of course, there are those like Doug Bandow of the Cato Institute who argue that we shouldn’t be involved in any dispute, as our interests are no longer those of the Cold War, and South Korea should be able to take care of itself, etc., etc. Sounds good, but I’m not buying it. He’s overlooking a number of factors which, to my understanding, have long dominated strategic thinking about Korea, including Seoul’s unfortunate location within artillery range of the North’s conventional and chemical weapons. That’s a start…And I doubt that backing the South in a military conflict (God forbid) would incur the ire of Japan, or probably even of China. On the whole, however, let’s hope it was just a mine, and not submarines, which sank the Cheonan.