Now, the 2015 JCPOA between Iran, the US, China, Russia, Germany, France and Britain, a deal that agreed on limiting Iranian nuclear activity in return for the lifting of crippling international economic sanctions looks as if it may be coming to an end as Trump warns the US will abandon the deal on 12 May if his concerns are not addressed.
It’s too soon to say whether this will constitute an excuse to invade Iran and spark a hot conflict — but it will likely mean resumed economic sanctions on Iran for not playing ball with U.S. & Israeli foreign policy.
If we just look to how Iraq under Saddam Hussein received arms and support from Washington to attack and invade Iran. This de facto agreement, encouraged the Iraqi leader to assume that collaboration between nationalist Iraq and imperial Washington reflected a shared common agenda. Subsequently Baghdad believed that they had tacit US support in a territorial dispute with Kuwait. When Saddam invaded, the US bombed, devastated, invaded, occupied and partitioned Iraq.
The attempt by Iraq to collaborate with Washington in the 1980’s against its nationalist neighbor Iran, led to the invasion, the destruction of the country, the killing of thousands of secular leaders including Saddam Hussein as well as the entire secular and scientific intelligentsia, and the transformation of Iraq into a toothless vassal state of the empire.
With the elections of Donald Trump, the US rejected the agreement (‘it’s the worst deal ever’) and in compliance with the Israeli Prime Minister B. Netanyahu’s military agenda, demanded the total restoration of sanctions, the dismantling of Iran’s entire military defenses and its submission to the US, Israeli and Saudi Arabian dictates in the Middle East.
In other words, President Trump discarded the agreement in opposition to all the major countries in Europe and Asia, in favor of Israel’s demands to isolate, disarm and attack Iran and impose a puppet regime in Tehran.
“The strategic goal is disarmament in order to facilitate military and political intervention leading up to and beyond defeat, occupation, regime change; the impositions of a‘client regime’ to facilitate the pillage of economic resources and the securing of military bases, international alignment with the US empire and a military springboard for further conquests against neighbors and independent adversaries.” — Prof. James Petras
These recent allegations from Israel backed by the U.S., in light of recent Iranian military posturing following the April 7th Syria strikes seems more suited to a “back off” gesture from the Western alliance, in essence, saying “we can and will hold your feet to the fire” (by reimposing crippling sanctions) over these allegations. If they have any further, graver, implications in targeting Iran — these will unfold with time.
A hopeful Kim Jong-Un stated that he wanted to pursue “permanent peace”, adding “we will adopt the Panmunjom declarations while the whole world is watching us. I believe the declaration will never let us repeat our past mistakes.”
South Korean President Moon praised the “precious agreement” and declared a “new era of peace”, pledging “there will be no more war on the Korean peninsula.”
Scenes of the two leaders strolling together have, for the past sixty years or so, been an unthinkable sight through the Western rose-tinted glasses, in reality Korea has wanted to join forces and boot the Western imperialists, but the U.S. has had clout in South Korea long enough to obstruct this.
That changed today as the two leaders embraced a watershed moment.
Kim’s political pivot to warmer relations with a longtime rival and U.S. proxy/ally (South Korea) is evident that Kim wants to preserve North Korea and boot the imperialists out, but the DPRK, up until recently, has been wary of dealing with a South Korea directed by U.S. foreign policy-making.
Recent developments suggest the U.S.’s grip on the South has slipped — and so Kim, likely with careful advice and guidance from close allies such as China, has made his move to cool the climate.
How long this will last is not apparent, when Moon is replaced once more by a U.S. favoring puppet, the status quo may return, for now, a period of respite — or perhaps a sign of a permanent decline of U.S. influence in the region? Time will tell.
The demonization of North Korea: a brief history.
The demonization of North Korea by the United States government continued unrelentingly, only now in 2018 have the Koreans been able to take control of their own destiny.
George W. Bush used his first State of the Union address on January 29, 2002 to brand North Korea, along with former allies Iran and Iraq, as “the world’s most dangerous regimes” who now now form a threatening “axis of evil.”
Unbeknownst to the public, because it was intended to have remained a secret, was the fact that this claimed president presented a “Nuclear Posture Review” report to Congress only three weeks earlier, on January 8, which ordered the Pentagon to prepare contingency plans for use of nuclear weapons.
The first designated targets for nuclear attack were his newly identified members of the “axis of evil,” (including the DPRK) along with four other lucky nations as well – Syria, Libya, Russia, and China.
That this is nothing short of a policy of ultimate terror remains unaddressed in the U.S. media.
2018: One step closer to a Korean peninsula free from U.S. dominion?
As one of the few countries without a Rothschild central bank, North Korea is a total unabashed nonconformist, and, as a result, targeting the DPRK is naturally an objective in U.S. foreign policy — in fact, North Korea being a bit of a rogue state (although still partially under China’s wing) has also been a blessing for the U.S. warmongers.
In keeping North Korea as the bogeyman of the Far East, the U.S. can continue to build-up its military presence at the behest of “peacekeeping” which, while claimed to be provisional against Jong-Un’s regime, has a troubling permanence — and is actually intended to corner and target more relevant powers such as China and Russia.
The North Korea “problem” disinformation campaign (and resultant U.S. aggressive rhetoric) has been escalated ever since the South Korean peacemaker Jae-in came into office in early 2017.
For example, within the last year, U.S. Defense Secretary Mattis engaged with hysterical rhetoric, stating that:
“North Korea has accelerated the threat that it poses to its neighbors and the world through its illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear weapons programs …” The situation had developed a “new urgency.”
This is why with the surmounting pressure from the U.S. and an ever-strengthening case for an invasion of North Korea, U.S. military escalation, and with building pressure on the Chinese — Kim was wise to amend relations and keep the U.S. interventionists out of the equation, to keep his only strong ally, China, happy — and to preserve his dynasty, which, if cut-off from its dependencies and protectorates would quickly wither from the inside out; more isolated than ever without recourse.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in less compliant with U.S. interests.
Jae-in was elected on a peace platform by the South Korean people. Moon’s predecessor Park Geun-hye, a puppet, did the U.S.’s bidding — until she was impeached and then sentenced to 24 years earlier this month for abuse of power, bribery, coercion, and leaking government secrets, with some claims that she took $3.5 million in bribes from a spy agency.
As a non-puppet, or at least a leader less pliable and less receptive to U.S. interests, Moon Jae-in’s peacemaker policy stands in stark contrast with that of Western-controlled Japan, which continues to involve itself with U.S. foreign policy, framing North Korea as the reckless, uncooperative state it patently isn’t.
I am allowing Japan & South Korea to buy a substantially increased amount of highly sophisticated military equipment from the United States.
North Korea was never the “threat” the West portrayed it to be.
North Korea both wanted unification ever since they were freed of vassalization under the Japanese Empire after WW2, the U.S. imperialists moved in to seize Korea and a war ensued, the result was a divided peninsula, one side controlled by U.S. interests, the other by North Korean, supported as a sovereign state by China and Russia.
In the fallout of the post Korean war, North Korea armed itself to the teeth, and like any sovereign nation would be — was hostile to those who sought to subvert it. Kim going the nuclear route is an act of self-defense if anything. While by no means is the Kim dynasty perfect, no side of the political equation is.
To look at things objectively, Korea is better off multi-polar with cooperation between the sides, an amicably decentralized group of cooperative states — as opposed to the U.S. seeking to control all states for sake of “World Order” and “Peace”. At least the Kims rule honestly, they don’t hide their totalitarianism (an inevitability of political power) like all the so-called “democracies” do.
Kanye West sums it up, “decentralize”, the two Korean nations making their own decisions suggests it:
The Korean tensions were and continue to be desirable for the elites, it keeps the peninsula divided and brings South Korea closer to the U.S. sphere of influence, enabling the South to be a front-line launchpad and encirclement base for Western imperialism around China and Russia — and as a general power play in the Far East.
Conclusively, to Washington, South Korea going it alone and talking peace is undesirable, it breaks the strawman narrative that the U.S. needs to be militarily involved in the Far East and pursue full spectrum dominance.
Retaliatory moves such as when the US sent more nukes to Guam, and put the state of Hawaii on a full alert that a “ballistic missile was inbound” were part of an effort to reignite tensions, perhaps even to convince Moon Jae-in that Kim was a “madman” with his “finger on the button” — therefore obstructing peace-talks and retaining South Korea as a fearfully compliant proxy.
The U.S. is a two-sided coin of good cop, bad cop imperialism.
The U.S. intervening in Korea is nothing new, the U.S., over its history, has militarily intervened over 400 times, covertly thousands of times, in over one hundred nations. The U.S. is a globalist apparatus.
Virtually all these interventions have been lawless. It has bombed at least eighteen nations since it dropped Atomic bombs on Japan in 1945. It has used chemical warfare against Southeast Asia, and has provided chemical warfare agents for use by other nations such as Iraq. It has used biological warfare against China, North Korea, and Cuba. The Koreans are quite aware of most of this history. Most U.S. Americans are not. But now the U.S. has declared a unilateral “terrorist” war on the whole world.
Now that the two nations of Korea are at the negotiating table, the U.S.’s policing role in the region seems more redundant than ever. Let’s hope this is a win for self-governing nationalism and a defeat for monolithic globalism.
Understanding Korea: A case of perspective.
S. Brian Wilson from Global Research is a Vietnam veteran, long-time peace activist, and writer. In an article for the website he discusses the misunderstanding of the Korean situation that clouds the true motives of U.S. foreign policy in the region.
I believe it important for U.S. Americans to place themselves in the position of people living in targeted countries. That North Korea, a nation of 24 million people, i.e., one-twentieth the population of the U.S., many of them poor, a land slightly larger in area than the U.S. state of Pennsylvania, continues to be one of the most demonized nations and least understood, totally perplexes the Korean people. It is worthwhile to seek an understanding of their perspective.
I recently visited that nation and talked with a number of her citizens. I traveled 900 ground miles through six of North Korea’s nine provinces, as well as spending time in Pyongyang, the capital, and several other cities. I talked with dozens of people from all walks of life. Though times have been hard for North Koreans, especially in the 1990s, they long ago proudly rebuilt all of their dozens of cities, thousands of villages, and hundreds of dykes and dams destroyed during the war.
U.S. interference into the sovereign life of Korea immediately upon the 1945 surrender of the hated Japanese, who had occupied the Korean Peninsula for forty years, is one of the major crimes of the Twentieth Century, from which the Korean people have never recovered. (SEE “United States Government War Crimes,” Spring 2002 – issue # 1 of Global Outlook). From a North Korean’s perspective they
(1) have vigorously opposed the unlawful and egregious division of their country from day one to the present,
(2) were blamed for starting the “Korean War” which in fact had been a struggle between a minority of wealthy Koreans supporting continued colonization in collaboration with the U.S. and those majority Koreans who opposed it,
(3) proudly and courageously held the U.S. and its “crony U.N. allies” to a stalemate during the “War,” and
(4) have been tragically and unfairly considered a hostile nation ever since. They have not forgotten the forty years of Japanese occupation that preceded the U.S. imposed division and subsequent occupation that continues in the South. They deeply yearn for reunification of their historically unified culture.
Everyone I talked with, dozens and dozens of folks, lost one if not many more family members during the war, especially from the continuous bombing, much of it incendiary and napalm, deliberately dropped on virtually every space in the country. “Every means of communication, every installation, factory, city, and village” was ordered bombed by General MacArthur in the fall of 1950. It never stopped until the day of the armistice on July 27, 1953. The pained memories of people are still obvious, and their anger at “America” is often expressed, though they were very welcoming and gracious to me. Ten million Korean families remain permanently separated from each other due to the military patrolled and fenced dividing line spanning 150 miles across the entire Peninsula.
Let us make it very clear here for western readers. North Korea was virtually totally destroyed during the “Korean War.” U.S. General Douglas MacArthur’s architect for the criminal air campaign was Strategic Air Command head General Curtis LeMay who had proudly conducted the earlier March 10 – August 15, 1945 continuous incendiary bombings of Japan that had destroyed 63 major cities and murdered a million citizens. (The deadly Atomic bombings actually killed far fewer people.)
Eight years later, after destroying North Korea’s 78 cities and thousands of her villages, and killing countless numbers of her civilians, LeMay remarked, “Over a period of three years or so we killed off – what – twenty percent of the population.”6 It is now believed that the population north of the imposed 38th Parallel lost nearly a third its population of 8 – 9 million people during the 37-month long “hot” war, 1950 – 1953, perhaps an unprecedented percentage of mortality suffered by one nation due to the belligerance of another.
Virtually every person wanted to know what I thought of Bush’s recent accusation of North Korea as part of an “axis of evil.” Each of the three governments comprising Bush’s “axis of evil” of course immediately condemned the remarks, North Korea being no exception. I shared with them my own outrage and fears, and they seemed relieved to know that not all “Americans” are so cruel and bellicose. As with people in so many other nations with whom the U.S. has treated with hostility, they simply cannot understand why the U.S. is so obsessed with them.
Koreans were relieved to learn that a recent poll had indicated eighty percent of South Koreans were against the U.S. belligerent stance against their northern neighbors. The North Korean government described Bush as a “typical rogue and a kingpin of terrorism” as he was visiting the South in February, only three weeks after presenting his threatening State of the Union address.7 It was also encouraging that the two Koreas resumed quiet diplomatic talks in March just as the U.S. and South Korea were once again conducting their regular, large-scale, joint military exercises so enraging to the North, and to an increasing number of people in the South among the growing reunification movement there.
In the English-language newspaper, The Pyongyang Times, (February 23, 2002) there were articles entitled “US Is Empire of the Devil,” Korea Will Never Be a Threat to the US,” and “Bush’s Remarks Stand Condemned.” Quite frankly, all three of these articles relate a truth about the U.S. that would draw a consensus from many quarters around the world.
While in country, together we listened to Bush’s March 14 Voice of America (VOA) radio chastizement of North Korea. First, he stated that the North’s 200,000 prisoner population was proof of terrible repression. Though I had no way of knowing the number of prisoners in the North, any more than Bush did, I do know that the United States has 2 million prisoners which is similar in per-capita detention rate to that of North Korea if the 200,000 figure is accurate. Furthermore, the U.S. has a minimum of 3 million persons, mostly minority and poor, under state supervision of parole and probation. The U.S. sweeps its class and race problems into prison.
Second, Bush declared that half the population was considered unreliable and, as a result, received less monthly food rations. The Koreans are a proud people living in a Confucian tradition, having rebuilt their nation from virtual total destruction during the Korean war. I did not notice any obvious display of dissent. That some Koreans are desperate due to lack of food, water, and heat, especially in some rural areas, does not necessarily translate into dissent, though some are seeking relief by travel to neighboring countries.
Third, Bush claimed that Koreans who listen to foreign radio are targeted for execution. Together we regularly listened to U.S.VOA radio broadcasts and they freely discussed the content of the broadcasts without fear of reprisals.
Fourth, Bush condemned the DPRK for spending too much on its military, causing food shortages for the people. Note: Again it must be remembered that it was the U.S. that unilaterally divided Korea following the Japanese surrender in August 1945, and subsequently ruled with a military occupation government in the south, overseeing the elimination of virtually the entire popular movement of (majority) opposition to U.S. occupation, murdering hundreds of thousands of people. The consequent Korean civil war that openly raged in 1948-1950 was completely ignored when the U.S. defined the beginning of the Korean War in 1950. The U.S. remains at war with the DPRK, never having signed a peace treaty with her. The war has left a deep scar in the Korean character with a memory that is regularly provoked by continued belligerance directed at the DPRK. The U.S. regularly holds joint military exercises with South Korean military forces aimed at the DPRK. The U.S. retains 37,000 military troops at 100 installations south of the 38th parallel. The U.S. has its largest Asian bombing range where it practices bombs five days a week, fifty-two weeks a year, despite opposition from many South Koreans. And now Bush has identified North Korea as part of an “axis of evil” targeted for nuclear attack. This is no remote idea to North Koreans. The U.S. possesses nuclear weapons on ships and planes in the Pacific region surrounding North Korea. Virtually every nation in this perilous position would be concerned about their defense.
It is worth noting that the United States is the leading military spender in the world resulting in substantial underfunding of its own indispensable social programs.
Fifth, Bush accused the DPRK of selling weapons to other nations. That is like the pot calling the kettle black. The U.S. is by far the largest manufacturer of conventional, nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons in the world. It is also the largest seller of these weapons, and has used conventional (against dozens of nations), biological (Cuba, China, Korea, perhaps others), chemical (Southeast Asia), and nuclear (Japan, and threatened to use them on at least 20 other occasions) weapons. In addition it has armed other nations with these weapons of mass destruction, including Iraq, one of those countries now identified as part of the “axis of evil.” In the year 2000, international arms sales were nearly $37 billion, with the U.S. being directly responsible for just over half of those sales. South Korea was the third largest buyer of weapons from the United States with $3.2 worth of military hardware. And in January 2002, South Korea was seriously contemplating purchasing an additional $3.2 billion worth of 40 F-X fighter jets from U.S. arms giant Boeing.
At the conclusion of this VOA radio broadcast, Koreans and I looked at each other in disbelief. But we also knew that we were in solidarity with each other as part of the human family. When I said goodbye to my new friends we embraced knowing that we live in a single world made up of a rich diversity of ideas and species. We know that we are going to live or die together, and hope that the arrogant and dangerous rhetoric and militarism of the United States will soon end so we can all live in peace. However, for that to happen, there will need to be a dramatic awakening among the people and a corresponding expression of massive nonviolent opposition that will make such threatening behavior impossible to carry out.
The Russian Defense Ministry immediately denied and dismissed the US allegations that the Syrian government was responsible for the chemical attack in Eastern Ghouta’s Douma.
Major General Yury Yevtushenko, head of the Reconciliation Center in Syria, said on Sunday; “We strongly refute this information,”
“We declare our readiness, after Douma is liberated from the militants, to immediately send Russian radiation, chemical and biological protection specialists to collect data that will confirm the fabricated nature of these allegations,”
Yevtushenko said that “a number of Western countries” are trying to prevent the resumption of an operation aimed at driving militants from the city of Douma.
“For this purpose, the use of chemical weapons by Syrian government forces – one of the most widespread claims in the West – is being used,” he added.
And, knowing where this is all headed, Russia’s Foreign Ministry says in statement on website that reports of chemical weapons attack in rebel-held town of Douma are fabricated, and any military operations against Syria on false pretenses may lead to “gravest consequences,”
Russia warns the US not to strike Syria after the chemical attack: "Military intervention under false & fabricated pretexts in Syria, where Russian servicemen stay at the request of the legitimate government, is absolutely unacceptable and may trigger the gravest consequences."
The Russians added that “The goal of such reports is to aid terrorists and justify possible military strikes from outside Syria.”
Russia is correct, and it is now just a matter of time before Trump unveils his next grand diversion from the chaos at home and the trade war with China, by launching another 50 or so Tomahawks at some venue deep inside Syria, in a carbon copy repeat of what happened exactly one year ago.