- Category: International
- Created on Wednesday, 24 November 2010 09:24
- Written by Mike Ely
note by Mike Ely:
Kim Jong Il is gone. This is breaking news, and the implications of this event will not be immediately known.
Kim Jong Il has long been head of state in this oppressive and isolated state in northern Korea. The regime there may well be weakened by his death, and by resulting power struggles within the North Korean ruling circles.
There is both danger and opportunity in the possibilities of instability.
Certainly the people of northern Korea and their compatriots in the southern Korea's peninsula have every interest in having radical changes sweep their peninsula. They deserve the freedom to make their difficult future choices freed from the interference and domination of great powers.
At the same time, any turmoil or instability in North Korea will signal intense and self-interested interference by the United States, and by those great powers (China, Russia and Japan) that border Korea.
Over and over Korea has been invaded, occupied, colonized, brutalized, exploited and threatened by outside powers -- specifically Japan and the United States during the 20th century.
Sitting here in the U.S., we shouldcertainly extend our hope that the Korean people find their way through the complex and explosive contradictions that have for so long dominated their region. But we also need many more people to appreciate our own responsibility to demand that the U.S. stay out.
In the last decade, the U.S. superpower has shattered and tortured Iraq, aggressively helped NATO exploit the uprising in Libya, and has participated in the murder of Palestinians . It has tried to dominate Afghanistan, imposed hideously corrupt puppet forces, intruded into Pakistan. It has created secret prisons of torture, sent killers into countless countries, unleashed high tech drones in the skies and left a trail of bodies wherever it touches.They have declare their own right to intervene everywhere -- launched unprovoked aggression and systematically lied about their motives. While they denounced adversaries for seeking nuclear weapons while they have (of course) threatened with their own massive nuclear arsenal ("nothing is off the table").
In short: the U.S. has has zero right or justification to intrigue in Korean events. However difficult it will be for Korea's people to unravel the divisions and oppressors they have inherited from the past, we know one thing that we should find ways to share: U.S. intervention, bribery and deceit cannot help the people of Korea or the rest of the world in any way.
U.S. bullying and intrigue simply form one of the major obstacles to justice and progressive change in Korea.
Who Threatens Who?
U.S. Nukes Target North Korea
Daily the U.S. media pounds the notion of a "threat" from North Korea (the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea -- DPRK). But such discussion is wrenched from its whole historic and strategic framework:
- The U.S. has leveled nuclear threat against North Korea every day since the end of World War 2.
- The U.S. actually dropped nuclear bombs nearby (on the two Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki) and quickly used that horrific event to threaten everyone -- in that region and the larger world.
- During the Korean War (after 1950) the U.S. military commander MacArthur advocated the use of nuclear weapons against the Korean and Chinese forces seeking to drive the U.S. occupiers out of the Korean peninsula.
- In the following decades of U.S. occupation in South Korea, the country was packed with U.S. nukes (including at times nuclear land mines).
- Now, U.S. nukes remotely target North Korea from the surrounding waters and from other U.S. nuclear launching facilities.
Who is the threat? Who is the occupier? Who is seeking to dominate whole regions of the world?
The hypocrisy of the U.S. seeking to dictate how others may defend themselves is mindboggling. Lipservice is given to "reduction" of U.S. arsenals -- while those targeted (like Iran or DPRK) are treated as criminals for seeking deterrence.