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.
THE KOREA PROBLEM: This is What Democracy Looks Like — Keith Harmon Snow | Conscious Being Alliance
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.
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The you for the re-blog. The link is to my fellow Norman Pilon’s blog and goes into detail about the history leading to this catastrophe and why North Korea will not relinquish its weaponry. Shout out to Cuba btw for keeping it real!
Congress has shirked it authority to authorize the use of force in another country, and all such War Powers Authorities should not be open-ended. Have an objective, how it can be measured, a time line for the withdrawal of forces, and a firm projection of personnel and equipment.
Trump tried to suggest that Syria feel under a aged authority for Iraq. B. S. Afghanistan has been allowed to remain–like a drunk at a bar with an open tab. North Korea would be totally different. Attacking another nuclear-armed lunatic, who might fire-off weapons, if provoked is a No-Go. And China surely would no stand still for any actions, by either Supreme Leader Kim or Emperor Trump I. And, Chinese President Xi surely doesn’t wish to be our neighbor.
I have suggested a UN Armada, forming a blockade of all in-coming shipments, except for humanitarian aid. Also, such an armada might block any rational fields of fire for North Korean missiles. Lastly, let China–as the only friendly nation the North has–take the lead on the armada coordination
Art is a sorry state of affairs when i have more faith in Xi acting as an adult in this situation, than our Fearless Leader. Honestly, with Donald, we’re the fearful ones!
True, and I also think North Korea shouldn’t be forced into living up to a different set of standards that the United States and other nuclear-armed powers aren’t required to live up to. Considering the destruction that has been left in its path these past 50 years and many different regions of the globe, why is it that the world isn’t clamoring for the US to be dealt with and have its ability to conduct warfare and regime change on such a massive scale severely reduced? North Korea, or Iran, or whatever other country is being singled out by the international community for punishment and aggression, could never compete with the US Empire when it comes to be reckless and belligerent and disregarding what are supposed to be international norms.
Also, as we have seen during the last 2-3 administrations, Congress has completely relinquished its duties when it comes to being the one to authorizing warfare, handing those powers over to the executive branch without so much as putting up a fight. I guess now they figure they won’t have to be held accountable when it comes to their vote to authorize war when it goes disastrous since no vote is on record. Consider how then Senator Hillary Clinton was endlessly hammered by an a US Senator from the state of Illinois, a future President Barack Obama, in the 2008 primaries for her vote to allow Bush to make war on Iraq and conduct the “war on terror” anyway his administration saw fit. Such a scenario cannot be done in regards to recent wars against Libya or Syria as congress was not even consulted nor did they make an attempt to be consulted.
Are the North Koreans living in poverty? I’m sure the sanctions have taken somewhat of a toll, but I don’t think the situation is quite that dire as long as China doesn’t throw the DPRK under the bus.
I could very well be letting western media sources cloud my perception of North Korea, especially considering the famine of the 1990s being so prominent in public memory. The date is contradictory, with some sources (though I cannot attest to their reliability) citing the 2010 Global Hunger Index score of 19.4 which the International Food Policy Research Institute classifies as “alarming”. https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/datablog/2010/oct/11/global-hunger-index In contrast, Al Jazeera states that the continued Western narrative describing North Korea as a “starving” country is simply untrue, a myth that will not die. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/03/n-korea-myth-starvation-2014319124439924471.html However, even it states that “North Korea is a seriously poor country. However, poverty does not equal starvation.”
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