The problem, as those on the political right characterize it, is that China is reclaiming land in contested waters, claiming sovereignty over the area. Although Chinese leaders profess they are "totally justified" with the land reclamation project, Admiral Harris said the project was part of a "pattern of provocative actions towards smaller claimant states" which raises "serious questions about Chinese intentions." Several nations--Vietnam, the Philippines and Taiwan--also claim ownership of territory.
But, that's not the story that interests The Motley Monk.
No, the real story is that China is pumping sand onto living coral reefs--the "Rainforests of the Sea"--and adding concrete to beef up the stability of the faux islands. Doing so causes the living and breathing coral reefs to suffocate, thus murdering one barometer of global environmental health.
And yet, of the 11 deadly threats posed to coral reefs by Endangered Species International--an organization that's "strongly committed to reversing the trend of human-induced species extinction, saving endangered animals, and preserving wild places"--not one peep about China's murderous reclamation project.
Why not? Those who worship at the altar of environmentalism are very quick to protest whenever there's a potential threat to Florida's coral reefs, like the one "Reef Rescuers" says is posed to Breakers reef off of Palm Beach and the Port Everglades off of Fort Lauderdale.
The globe's coral reefs deserve some social justice!
Let the discussion begin...
To read the BBC news report about Admiral Harris' speech, click on the following link:
To read about the 11 threats posed to coral reefs across the globe, click on the following link:
To read about the "Reef Rescuers" work in Florida, click on the following link: