It is looking more and more likely like the United States military is seriously considering the possibility of conducting a missile strike on North Korea, and the consequences of attacking a nuclear-armed regime determined not to be overrun by Western imperialism are not to be taken lightly. Those who underestimate the North ignore its own history at their own peril, as the Koreans have been preparing for the return of the American imperialists for more than half a century now. They have never allowed the memories of the terror inflicted upon their country during the American-Korean War to fade with time, as they lost more than 3.5 million people out of a population of about 9 million during that war.
With tough talk and veiled threats aimed at China, it’s clear that the U.S. has something destructive in store for North Korea. In the last week alone the U.S. has launched missile attacks on the government of Syria and dropped one of the largest weapons of mass destruction on the poverty-stricken nation of Afghanistan (though it’s been deemed ‘acceptable’ because their target was said to be ISIS). The Pentagon even tweeted out this ridiculous celebration of death on its official Twitter account.
As Jeffrey St. Clair writes on CounterPunch, “No wonder the North Koreans want nukes.”
Too often in the U.S. we are exposed to Korea through the simplistic narrative of “South Korea = democracy and freedom; North Korea = dictatorship and repression.” The reality is not now nor has it ever been so simple. The following link goes into the history of why our perception of Korea is so unbalanced. To understand the current conflict one has to understand the horrors of the Korean war and the deceitful actions the United States took during that war.
In closing, one has to ask what it says about the character of the United States that it is seriously contemplating launching yet another military assault on a people plagued by poverty and starvation, who’ve suffered under years of unimaginable sanctions that are doing the most damage to ordinary people rather than political leaders.