story or if it just was below the radar, but it seems a big deal that
a huge vessel carrying 2300 Kia and Hyundai vehicles was hijacked by
Somali pirates in the chokepoint that is the Gulf of Aden.
Things like this, of course, are a good reason for Douth Korea to be
raising it's stature by helping patrol the region, through which one-
tenth of world trade is said to move. By helping Washington with this
task, it also gives Seoul a chance to make the alliance more two-way
than one-way. I've always thought that with South Korea being among
the highest GDP-per-capita-spending US allies and ROK males spending
ver two of their mist productive years doing mandatory military
service, it's a specious argument to say the ROK is "getting a free
ride on defense," but patrolling pirate-infested waters may be a real
chance to prove their value outside the Peninsula.