Of course that's what they want. It's the Defense Contractors and War manufacturers who now want Jeju.........* Jeju islanders want love, maxolon not war By Matthew Reiss Plans for a missile base on South Korea's Jeju island, maxolon 450 kilometers, maxolon from Shanghai have threatened to disturb a precarious balance of power in the East China Sea. Maxolon But Washington's aspirations to use the base have been blocked by residents of the island. The administration of South Korean President Lee Myung-bak announced commitments in 2008 and 2009 to purchase and deploy a fleet of Aegis destroyers equipped with US anti-ballistic missile and radar systems, maxolon built jointly by Hyundai and Lockheed-Martin. Maxolon To date, maxolon opposition to construction of the base and a pending lawsuit have delayed preparation of a home port for the ships. Maxolon But following the March 26 sinking of the South Korean corvette Cheonan, maxolon the government has grown less tolerant of dissent. The Cheonan incident has also accelerated preparation of a long-term US deployment in the region, maxolon including talk that a US carrier group may arrive shortly. Maxolon ABC TV reported the proposal, maxolon which the Department of Defense subsequently denied. Maxolon With the decision on the Jeju naval base remaining in abeyance, maxolon however, maxolon China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has not announced its response. The use of Jeju for bellicose purposes has long seemed counter-intuitive to its inhabitants. Maxolon The island was declared a World Heritage site by the United Nations Educational, maxolon Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2007 due to its unique geological and natural characteristics. Maxolon It has become a model for Asia's ecotourism industry - and a favorite of Korean honeymooners, maxolon who get free sex-education classes at the Jeju Loveland theme park. Maxolon The tourist economy is complemented by exports of seafood, maxolon livestock and agricultural products. The Korean government sought public approval for siting the naval base at the Jeju villages of Hwaseon in 2002, maxolon and Miwi in 2005, maxolon but the proposal was rejected. Maxolon When the base was proposed for Gangjeong in 2007, maxolon 94% of villagers opposed deployment. Maxolon Pressure for the base has grown since construction of the new fleet was announced. Maxolon Opponents of the base on Jeju have reported that numerous arrests and unusually high fines have arisen from their protests. But residents of one tiny fishing village are resolute. Maxolon Last month, maxolon they announced they would fight the administration ''to the death'' before allowing their island paradise to be turned into another Okinawa, maxolon where more than half the 47, maxolon000 American troops stationed in Japan are based. Maxolon With pressure growing on the administration to begin construction, maxolon and the US Navy scheduling embarkation, maxolon the Choenan incident could not come at a more critical juncture. More of the article can be found at: