Monday, April 1, 2013

America's War on North Korea

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Stephen Lendman
Activist Post

On July 27, 1953, the Korean War ended. An uneasy armistice persists. The heavily fortified 2.5 mile Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) separates North and South. Occasional incidents occur.

Truman's war never ended. Its origin was misreported. I.F. Stone's Hidden History of the Korean War explained.

Monthly Review co-founders Leo Huberman and Paul Sweezy wrote in the preface:
This book....paints a very different picture of the Korean War - one, in fact, which is at variance with the official version at almost every point.
Stone's investigative research presented a "full-scale reassessment of the whole" war. French publisher Claude Bourdet added:
If Stone's thesis corresponds to reality, we are in the presence of the greatest swindle in the whole of military history....not a question of a harmless fraud but of a terrible maneuver in which deception is being consciously utilized to block peace at a time when it is possible.
Stone called it international aggression.

So did Huberman and Sweezy, saying:
....we have come to the conclusion that (South Korean president) Syngman Rhee deliberately provoked the North Koreans in the hope that they would retaliate by crossing the parallel in force. The northerners fell neatly into the trap.
Beating up on North Korea persists. It's done for geopolitical reasons. Washington needs enemies. When none exist they're created. North Korea comes straight from central casting.


Pyongyang's wanted normalized relations for decades. US administrations refuse. Tensions remain. Occasionally they escalate. It's unsure what's next. Waging war on the Korean peninsula assures losers, not winners.

On March 11, North Korea cut its hotline with the South. It abrogated the 1953 armistice. It did so as US and South Korean forces began joint exercises. They're provocative when held.

Days earlier, the Security Council voted new sanctions. They followed Pyongyang's mid-February nuclear test. They targeted its banking and finance system. They froze normal international transactions.

They involved other restrictions. North Korea said "the US is set to light a fuse for nuclear war." Its military "exercise(s) the right to a (defensive) preemptive nuclear attack."

Its state-run Rodong Sinmun said "the armistice agreement has been nullified. (N)o one can expect what will happen next."

South Korea's Defense Ministry responded. Pyongyang's government would "evaporate from the face of the earth" if it uses nuclear weapons.

Newly elected South Korean President Park Guen-hye said "We must deal strongly with a North Korean provocation."

White House National Security Advisor, Tom Donilon warned:
There should be no doubt. We will draw upon the full range of our capabilities to protect against, and to respond to, the threat posed to us and to our allies by North Korea.
On March 30, North Korea announced a "state of war." It did so with the South. It's rhetoric belies continued policy. Conflict remains unlikely. Its official statement said in part:
The moves of the US imperialists to violate the sovereignty of the DPRK and encroach upon its supreme interests have entered an extremely grave phase. 
The Supreme Command of the KPA in its previous statement solemnly declared at home and abroad the will of the army and people of the DPRK to take decisive military counteraction to defend the sovereignty of the country and the dignity of its supreme leadership as regards the war moves of the US and south Korean puppets that have reached the most extreme phase. 
It is the resolute answer of the DPRK and its steadfast stand to counter the nuclear blackmail of the US imperialists with merciless nuclear attack and their war of aggression with just all-out war. 
Time has come to stage a do-or-die final battle. 
From this moment, the north-south relations will be put at the state of war and all the issues arousing between the north and the south will be dealt with according to the wartime regulations. 
The state of neither peace nor war has ended on the Korean Peninsula. 
….(T)he Korean people will give vent to the pent-up grudge and realize their cherished desire and thus bring a bright day of national reunification and build the best power on this land without fail."
White House National Security Council spokeswoman, Caitlin Hayden said:
We've seen reports of a new and unconstructive statement from North Korea. We take these threats seriously and remain in close contact with our South Korean allies. 
But, we would also note that North Korea has a long history of bellicose rhetoric and threats and today's announcement follows that familiar pattern.
No signs of military activity exist. Kaesong's industrial zone remains open. It's operating normally. South Korean companies run it.

A war of words continue. It's familiar. We've seen it all before. Washington bears full responsibility. Obama's Asia pivot involves advancing America's military footprint.

Doing so aggressively is planned. China's growing economic might and military strength are targeted. So is checking Russia at the same time. North Korea's a convenient punching bag. They don't come any better.

Beating up on Pyongyang is policy. It's longstanding. It shows no signs of ending. It continues ad nauseam.

America's so-called missile defense is for offense. In mid-March, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said additional numbers would be added in Alaska. Others are planned for Asia. In Japan, tracking radar systems were added.

China and Russia oppose them. They do so for good reason. They're prime targets. Undermining their influence is policy. So is isolating them from neighbors and asserting Washington's dominance over territories and waters not its own.

Washington deployed B-2 stealth bombers to South Korea. They dropped dummy bombs on Jik Do island.

US Forces Korea (USFK) said America's ability to "conduct long-range, precision strikes quickly and at will (shall) provide extended deterrence to our allies in the Asia-Pacific region."

B-2s are equipped for nuclear bombs and missiles. Capability doesn't reflect policy. North Korea poses Washington and Seoul no threat.

On the one hand, US officials suggest it. On the other, saber rattling implies otherwise. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says Pyongyang will amass a nuclear arsenal. It's needed to deter aggression.

After B-2s overflew South Korea, Rodong Sinmun said US provocations make American Pacific Rim bases prime targets. Russian analyst Evgeny Kim said introducing B2s "openly provok(es) North Korea."

Seoul remains calms. Pyongyang takes US threats seriously. At the same time, initiating war's unlikely. Doing so would be suicidal.


Washington's defense treaty with South Korea obligates intervention if North/South conflict erupts.

Potentially, a spark could ignite it. Small incidents at times cause big ones.

Another Asian war would be disastrous. China and Russia might intervene. If nuclear weapons are used, all bets are off.

It's hard imagining what no head of state should risk. For sure Kim Jong-un won't.

At the same time, Obama's Asia pivot makes anything possible. Events bear close watching.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. His new book is titled How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War. Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening. http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour/


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11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thats all we need is another war Get your kids ready for the draft

Hide Behind said...

There are reasons Korean Conflict was never hypedin schools and history books with gung ho statues on public lawns, many.
This article starts out towards truth.. and then goes no where near the causes of Korea todayThen that is way of many bloggers who need massive amounts of 15 second read bites to keep name in vogue.
Korea never had to be, Truman and US military on avictory high wanted to out macho Russia and China, US corporate wanted even larger US govfunded investment so they began a war far worse than VietNam and every war including slaughter of American natives and assassination of over 1.5 million Filipinos.
It was brutality and
depravity of both politicals and their generals and industrial as the unleashed a depraved US enlisted mans genocideal and sadistic nature run rampant. American rank and file enlisted men.
Theabuse of civilians made Nazi Germany and Soviet armed forces look like easter paraders.

Anonymous said...

The ironic part is that the U.S.A has been calling on North Korea to "reform" it's governmental systems for decades and now with a president seeking to do just that they ramp up the provocations and propaganda in opposition to him and actively seek to prevent those reforms from occurring.

The reforms Kim Jong-un is seeking to implement will potentially make North Korea a far greater power and a stronger opponent to U.S interests in the region.

Given how steadfastly the 'old guard' in the DPRK have stood by the doctrines laid down decades ago I am actually surprised that Kim Jong-un seems to have the support of both the Communist Party and the military forces in his drive for a reformation of government, military, economy and even 'the party' itself.

The comments from the DPRK government are typical "saber-rattling" that has been going on for decades, an actual armed conflict would be in contradiction to the reformation goals Kim Jong-un has set.

How are they to attract foreign investors and achieve "modernization" of their economy and military forces by starting war with the West?

The type of investments wars attract rarely help with the type of economic and social restructuring Kim Jong-un has laid out.

The world political community should be backing down right now and giving the North Korean's new, young, well educated leader with a new vision for a modernized and more open nation a chance to follow through on those reforms.

But of course as always reforms that benefit the people instead of benefiting the U.S and it's masters are never supported by the PTB's.

So instead we will see more and more provocation and propaganda and possibly even a false flag event to prevent those reforms from occurring.

Although more complicated basically Kim Jong-un wants to use the Chinese model - a mixture of communism and capitalism combined with strategic foreign investments to turn the DPRK into an economic powerhouse.

Even I am tempted to laugh at the idea of North Korea becoming an economic powerhouse but with the right policies and a strong will it is possible.

Regardless it is obvious that even the DPRK 'old guard' realize that simply surviving just doesn't cut it any more and it's time to reform and grow and prosper instead.

That I think is the primary threat that the PTB's are worried about - he's not just some idealist with big dreams but he actually has the support to make those dreams reality(in theory).

And clearly he isn't planning on funding these reforms through the international banking cabal - the #1 'no-no'.

Of course Kim Jong-un may just be a tool being used to ignite a new world war but at this time his goals of reformation seem to be legitimately seeking to help the people rather than the bankers.

Only time will tell how it turns out though.

Peace,
Jonny

Anonymous said...

As an added note it is always good to add some new perspective on such matters so here is a viewpoint common to North Korea and many other nations but rarely heard or understood in the U.S.A.

The U.S.A was founded on the ideals of the "free market" and productive competition(according to the propaganda anyways).

Yet in foreign policy the U.S.A completely rejects these ideals by seeking to subvert or destroy any nation that can honestly compete with it.

And this is deemed to be for "national security" reasons, to protect the U.S.A and it's founding ideals.

"National security" is used to destroy the ideals the U.S.A stands for in the name of protecting those very ideals it destroys in the process.

It's a catch-22 of propaganda absurdity.

Then again coming from the "NWO" forces that is not surprising - they are after all the people violating every single principle they claim to stand for("universal brotherhood" and such) in the process of trying to create a "better" world that allegedly is going to be built on those principles they violate daily themselves(on a greater scale than anyone else).

This is why I used to refer to these forces as 'misguided idealists' because any time you seek to establish a moral order on the back of actions that contradict that moral order you are 'misguided' and doomed to failure.

But then I realized that they do know this and therefore they aren't really 'misguided', they are just wrong.

There are many negative things that could be said about North Korea and especially it's government but one thing nobody can deny is that they have remained steadfast and consistent in following their own social and political principles(which includes pushing for Korean unification).

If only the U.S.A and other western nations could actually abide by their own principles the world would be a much more peaceful place today, with zero chance of "NWO".

Peace,
Jonny

Anonymous said...

If North Korea did not have nukes, they would have been invaded and occupied years ago. This demonstrates that a nuclear deterrent is the only way to prevent an attack/invasion. Whatever NK says, whatever the US says, military action will not break out.

Now think of Iran. They do not have nukes nor, according to the US, have they decided to develop them. And yet,, being surrounded by nukes and threats, it would be in their national security interest to have nukes. This would prevent an invasion.

US/West/Israeli policy is to attack any nation which is capable of defending itself by developing a nuclear deterrent. This is madness.
The only way to defend yourself against a pre-emptive strike designed to prevent a nation from developing a nuclear deterrent is to have a nuclear deterrent.

It's all political theater when the nukes actually exist. Who can blame any nation for wanting a nuclear deterrent? If it is wrong for Iran, which does not have nukes, it is wrong for Israel, which does but outside of international law. The double standard of the West has created a crazy situation in which those with nukes bluster and posture, while those without are targeted for destruction.

Dale

Anonymous said...

I would have to disagree you in part Dale, the main thing that stopped war in the past with North Korea was China and it's nuclear arsenal(it's 1 million soldiers marching south to bolster the North Korean forces also produced the armistice).

Now that they have supposed nukes themselves they still lack the missile technology to use them effectively so it's still not much of a deterrent to the U.S.A itself(it's South Korean and Japanese proxies are in more danger).

It should also be noted that the whole reason North Korea is obsessed with developing nuclear weapons is because the U.S.A threatened nuclear attack on Korea on two different occasions during the 'Korean War'(before the armistice).

China is the reason the armistice was put in place to begin with, China is the reason it has remained in place to this day, and now China is the reason that North Korea has become a critical component of the U.S "Asian pivot" and could end up resuming warfare.

If war with China is in the plans then it will undoubtedly start with North Korea, for the time being they remain a militarily antiquated "soft underbelly" for a strike on China.

But for now this seems to me to mainly be political cock-jockeying meant to increase international pressure to prevent Kim Jong-un from achieving his reforms in North Korea and hardening up that "soft underbelly".

Achieving foreign investments, especially from Europe is a big part of the plans to "modernize" North Korea's economy and this type of propaganda could work well at scaring away any potential investors as such in addition to possibly provoking further sanctions.

But again only time will tell what will happen.

If North Korea had the missile technology to be able to strike American mainland cities then it's nuclear arsenal would be a major deterrent - but war may happen specifically to prevent them from developing that technology.

Up until now there hasn't been much reason to go to war with North Korea unless using it to strike at China, a policy of containment and hopes for an internal collapse have sufficed for decades - but a strong North Korea that has fresh memories of American attacks and threats of nuclear destruction is not something easily contained.

I hope you are right and nothing will come of it but this is a situation in which almost anything could happen.

But Syria and Iran where things ARE happening and WILL happen(not just MAY happen) should be the primary focus of the world right now.

Peace,
Jonny

Anonymous said...

Wow so North Korea is the good guy?

Hide Behind said...

North Korea neither good guy nor bad guy, Just a poor pawn for both political and economic interest and a nation with a history of fighting off many different invasions and when US said no elections that were promisrd at end WwIi wellthete wr are two koreas..
US and its Japanesr patsys. And they are still under US WWII ocupational rules and mentality are svared to death that a combinedKorea would male japan a far less important economis ally.
Japan since 1960 has been a nation that buys or dumps U S dollars whichever way U s tells them too and for years kept some value to inflated dollar.
Without "Dangerous N Korea what logical reasoncan US still hold over Okinawan and Japanese lands where japan gets to pretend they rule and get to tax what for all intents and purposes is but a whore house for US Naval forces; And a military threat to Chna and Korea and Russia Pacific bordet.

Anonymous said...

What everyone consistently fails to recognize is that Imperialistic Jews who control the world viscerally hate all Aryans. A look at history proves this.WW I WW II against Germany (mostly Aryan), Japan (mostly Aryan),and Italy (mostly Aryan), Filipino's (mostly Aryan), Iraq (mostly Aryan), Iran (mostly Aryan), North Korea (90% Aryan).

These same "elite" Jews also impose a eugenic philosophy on their own to justify the destruction of Aryans (Israeli's are all lower-class Jews).

Watch for the false flag against Israel (search it) to justify nuking Iran and Europe (mostly Aryan).

wishbone said...

how come when I write a comment I consider to be very close to what might be a scary truth, your website loses it and doesn't publish it.???

Anonymous said...

"Wow so North Korea is the good guy?"

As 'Hide Behind' mentioned North Korea are neither "good guys" nor "bad guys", just pawns caught in a big game of global chess called "New World Order".

Originally their ideal of reunifying Korea was a noble one supported by most Koreans(North and South) as the division of Korea was caused by foreign interference and occupations.

When Japanese occupation ended and North Korea decided to unify Korea again it was generally seen as "fixing" the problem created by foreign powers and forced on the Korean people.

That is why the "invasion" of South Korea was so swift before the U.S took it upon itself to interfere and "defend" South Koreans from something most did not want to be "defended" from.

Foreign powers divided Korea and when the Korean peoples tried to unite it again foreign powers once more stepped in and prevented it, and have prevented it for decades since.

Part of the whole propaganda against North Korea has been to reduce support for Korean unification, something which just 20 years ago had the support of almost 50% of South Koreans.

Most westerners don't seem to understand that "Korea"(the region and people) through most of it's existence has been a single entity and as such most South Koreans have family and former homes and such in North Korea and vice-versa.

Thanks to foreign interference many of those people have not seen or spoken to their "long lost" family members on the other side of the DMZ for decades.

To us it's "evil North Korea" vs "democratic South Korea" but to them it's much more complex - it's not "evil North Koreans" across the border but their family and friends of generations past, divided by bullshit politics forced on them by foreign powers.

And it is that bullshit politics that angers North Koreans so much since unlike their Southern brethren they don't get fed daily propaganda about their "other half" wanting to annihilate them(North Korean propaganda places blame on foreign powers like the U.S.A), in addition to past attacks and threats of nuclear destruction.

As far as the Korean situation goes I would say North Korea - to the view of most Koreans anyways - would be far more of a "good guy" than the U.S.A.

If it weren't for "NWO" none of this BS would be happening and Korea would be united and strong as a single people once again(under whatever political system).

Peace,
Jonny

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