Friday, July 27, 2012

Geo-engineering for Peace

So I was reading Foreign Policy's article on the maritime dispute in the South China Sea.  China, and everyone else for that matter, bases its claim to vast swathes of ocean on the ownership of tiny, uninhabited islets.  And by tiny, I mean tiny.  The Spratly Islands, which cover 425,000 square miles of ocean (and a much larger claim to territorial seas and exclusive economic zones), have just 1.9 square miles of land and a maximum elevation of 13 feet.

What would happen if the U.S. stopped by with a bunch of explosives and amphibious bulldozers and pushed the Spratly Islands into the sea?  I'm sure everyone with a claim to the islands would be hugely upset, but hugely upset is a great deal better than fighting a regional war.


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