World View: U.N. Promises 'Response' to North Korea Firing Midrange Missiles
This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com
- New car bombing in Lebanon continues sectarian strife
- U.N. promises 'response' to North Korea firing midrange missiles
- Crimean Tatars vote to push for self-rule
New car bombing in Lebanon continues sectarian strife
A suicide bomber on Saturday evening drove his black Kia automobile,
laden with explosives, to an army checkpoint in Arsal, a Lebanon town
on the border with Syria, and detonated the explosives, killing three
soldiers and four others. A Sunni jihadist terrorist group, Free
Sunnis of Baalbek Battalion, claimed responsibility for the bombing.
The group first became known in December when it took responsibility
for the assassination of a senior commander of the Iran-funded
Hezbollah militant group outside his home.
The string of terrorist attacks in Lebanon was triggered by a
televised announcement, last April 30 by Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan
Nasrallah, saying that Hezbollah would militarily enter the fight in
Syria on the side of the regime of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad.
Al-Assad is conducting "industrial strength" torture and extermination
on his own civilians, particularly targeting innocent Sunni women and
children, which has enraged Sunnis throughout the Mideast.
Hezbollah's support for al-Assad has caused the sectarian war in Syria
to spill over into Lebanon. Daily Star (Lebanon) and LA Times
U.N. promises 'response' to North Korea firing midrange missiles
The United Nations Security Council has threatened a quick
"appropriate response" to North Korea, for having launched two
medium-range Rodong ballistic missiles into the sea earlier this week.
According to the Security Council president:
"Members of the Security Council condemned this launch
as a violation of Security Council resolution(s). Council members
agreed to consult on an appropriate response.
There was unanimous condemnation of the launches. ... We also all
agreed that this response should be given quickly."
The firings raised concerns, because these are the first missiles
that North Korea would use to launch an attack on either South
Korea or Japan.
No clue was provided for what an "appropriate response" might be.
However, it's thought that the only country in a position to provide
any response at all is China, and China has been consistently
unwilling in the past to consider any response at all to the North
The North Koreans fired the missiles on March 26. It was on March 26,
2010, just four years ago, that the North Koreans launched a torpedo
at a South Korean warship, the Cheonan, sinking it and killing 46
people. (See "27-Mar-11 News -- South Korea commemorates Cheonan warship attack, while North starves".) After this incident, China refused to condemn or
even criticize the North Koreans. Reuters
Crimean Tatars vote to push for self-rule
A congress of Crimea's 300,000 strong Tatar community met on Saturday
and voted to push for autonomy from Russia, but remained divided
on how best to achieve that goal.
Crimea is the historic homeland of the Tatars. In 1944, Russia's
dictator Josef Stalin deported 200,000 Tatars from Crimea to central
Asia, accusing them of collaborating with the Nazis. It was only in
the 1980s and 1990s that the Tatars returned in large numbers to
Crimea, particularly after the collapse of the Soviet Union and
Ukraine's independence. The Tatars are scared to death of being under
the control of the Russians again, and they're particularly concerned
about Moscow's frequent reference to "Nazis" in Kiev, which they see
as a possible signal that they're going to be accused of rom new
On Saturday, the congress adopted a resolution entitled "On the
Crimean Tatar people's right to self-determination on their historical
territory in Crimea." According to the chairman,
"By adopting this document, we inform all parties of
the beginning of political and legal procedures for setting up a
national autonomous territory of the Crimean Tatar people on their
historical territory in Crimea."
This was adopted after hours of sometimes angry debate, with no
conclusions reached whether to seek an autonomous entity in Ukraine or
in Crimea, which is now part of Russia. AFP and Interfax-Ukraine
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