The massive propaganda barrage of the capitalist world’s press against the tiny workers state of North Korea is an excellent example of the effectiveness of US propaganda efforts, which have made the world’s military superpower – run by a cabal of crazed Wall St. sock puppets – into a “David” being threatened by the North Korean “Goliath”. You seriously have to be completely unaware of the relative strengths of these two nation-states in order to swallow the whale-sized portions of lies being spread by Washington about the imaginary threat posed by North Korea’s possession of – at most – a handful of medium-range nuclear missiles.
The main thrust of the US propaganda barrage against the North Korean workers state (capitalism was overthrown there in 1950) is that the North Korean leaders are “crazy” and are starving their people to death in order to be able to afford to build nuclear weapons as a means of making the North Korean leadership look powerful to the masses. As if building a nuclear arsenal was just a sort of luxury item constructed for the benefit of the North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un – like an American billionaire might buy a Picasso for $150 million to show how rich he is.
Get ready for a reality check.
As we write this, the United States and South Korea are engaged in yet another of their decades-long series of threatening war provocations against North Korea, called – most patronizingly – “Operation Foal Eagle”... This is a massive joint military exercise held just off the North Korean coast that places an enormous military invasion force within minutes of the critical military and civilian infrastructure of the North. Pyongyang (the capital of North Korea) has every reason to be building a nuclear arsenal to protect itself from these imminent military threats constantly being brandished in their faces by the biggest bully regime in the world – the United States.
“Foal Eagle is a series of 20 separate but inter-related joint and combined field training exercises conducted by Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea components spanning ground, air, naval, expeditionary, and special operations. The exercises include both US and ROK forces and they are the culmination of many months of planning.
“Approximately 10,000 U.S forces along with ROK military personnel will participate in Exercise Foal Eagle. The majority of the U.S. participants are coming from outside the ROK. The exercises are designed to enhance the security and readiness of the Republic of Korea and are deterrent in nature.
“The United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission informed the Korean People’s Army through its Panmunjom Mission of the exercise dates and the non-provocative nature of this training.
“Training exercises like Foal Eagle are carried out in the spirit of the Oct. 1, 1953, ROK-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty and in accordance with the Armistice.”
[Source: US Forces Korea Press Releases: “Foal Eagle Exercise 2013” [ Release # 130221-2], 21 February, 2013]
So, we guess that if, say, the Russians were conducting a joint military exercise with China near, say, the Aleutian Islands, and were performing land, sea and air maneuvers 50 miles from the Alaskan coast, there’d be absolutely no reason for the US government to be alarmed, right? Nah. The North Koreans are crazy for thinking that the US would attack them. Why would the US do that?
They already did that, in 1950. In an effort to “stop the spread of communism” the US invaded Korea (there was no “South Korea” then, nor a “North Korea”, just “Korea”) set up a puppet government headed by a moral pygmy, Syngman Rhee, who was then living in fucking COLORADO, collected gangs of Koreans (who had been collaborators with the hated Japanese colonial government that brutally raped Korea and China from the 1930s until the end of WWII) to work as Rhee’s underlings and created an anticommunist “South Korea” to crush the North. The “North Koreans” had an army that had been tempered in some of the most savage counterinsurgency warfare in history, fighting the Japanese for decades under the leadership of Kim Jong Il, the great Korean revolutionary leader and military strategist. These heroic battle-hardened forces very nearly swept Rhee’s collection of war criminals into the sea. And that would have been the end of hostilities in Korea… but the big bully US saw an opportunity to score what they thought would be an “easy win” against communism, and insanely backed the hated Rhee puppet government to the hilt. The Korean peninsula, as the US press release notes, is still at war today thanks to billions in US aid to South Korea.
The Korean War was one of the most savage wars in modern history. The United States Air Force generals bragged that they napalmed every village from the what is now the demilitarized zone in Korea to the Chinese border. Hundreds of thousands of peasants – men, women, and children were slaughtered by US forces, who had long been propagandized by the US military to believe that Asians (Japanese) were essentially subhuman and would fight to the last man. US soldiers were repeatedly ordered to fire on unarmed North Korean civilians “dressed in white” as that was believed to be what the “communists” wore. It was, in fact, simply traditional Korean dress.
Read Bruce Cumings excellent books on Korea to get a full picture of the monstrous lies being spread by the US propagandists today about the “craziness” of the North Koreans’ leaders. They are not crazy, they are defending their tiny country from Big, Bad US imperialism which wants to wipe North Korea off the map in revenge for the humiliation of the US at the hands of the heroic North Korean and Chinese workers who turned back the US invasion of Korea in the 50’s.
US/UN/NATO Hands off North Korea! End the sanctions against the North! North Korea and Iran have every right to possess nuclear weapons – to defend themselves against the only nation depraved enough to have ever used them: the United States of America!