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The Origins of the Korean War As Revealed in US and N. Korean Documents: Vol. I

We are pleased to be able to bring to our readers a selection of key declassified US “intelligence” agency documents relating to the early years of the US involvement in the partitioning of the Korean peninsula and the setting up of a vicious fascist dictatorship in South Korea composed of former Korean traitors who collaborated with the Japanese occupation forces from 1910 to 1945.

Our first offering is a 1947 US “Central Intelligence Group” document that lays out the naked truth about why the US interposed itself in Korean affairs at the end of WWII.  The opening three paragraphs of this document comprise one of the most astoundingly frank and hypocritical statements of purpose ever elucidated by any government ever.  They completely expose the self-serving criminality that existed from the very beginning of US capitalist class involvement in Korea, which ultimately led to the murders of approximately 3 million Koreans and a state of war that has existed since 1950 – in order to “save face” for the US capitalist class.

We hope to locate and publish a collection of US and North Korean documents that demonstrate the deep cynicism and criminality of the US intervention in Korea along with the North Korean responses to it.  If you have any access to documents from the 1945-1950 era relating to the Korean War we would be happy to add them to our collection and to publish them if possible.  We hope that you find these documents to be as enlightening as we have.

We are deeply indebted to Professor Bruce Cumings of the University of Chicago for his excellent series of books on North Korea and for the bibliographies and references included in his books; thanks to his careful and diligent scholarship we were able to search for and find copies of these vitally important documents pertaining to the origins of the Korean War.

DEFEND NORTH KOREA!  US OUT OF ASIA NOW!

— IWPCHI

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Document 1:  Korea SR-2 1947_CIA-RDP78-01617A001400030001-2

Document 2: Kim Il-Sung: Expose and destroy ‘anti-trusteeship’ plot of US and S Korea_00000301_1Jan1946

 

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Defend North Korea! N. Korean Account of Why They Developed Their Nuclear Arsenal

We are pleased to republish an account from the North Korean press celebrating their historic launching this past July 4th of an ICBM capable of carrying a nuclear warhead as a major step forward in the development of a nuclear arsenal capable of effectively responding to any attack launched against North Korea by US imperialism or its allies.

The excerpts here come from the September 2017 edition of “Korea Today”,  a monthly newsmagazine available online here along with many other books, pamphlets and periodicals about the so-called “mysterious Hermit Kingdom”.

It is amazing how well the US propaganda operations run by the US government and its auxiliaries in the bourgeois press manage to give the impression that it is impossible to know what is going on in North Korea due to the nation’s alleged “secretive nature” when in fact North Korea publishes several newspapers and periodicals in multiple languages and makes them available to the world for free via several websites.

In the article we feature below you will get a brief description of the long and vicious history of US government threats of nuclear annihilation that the North Korean workers state has been subjected to from 1945 until the present day.  The Korean War has never ended – it continues as an “armistice” between the North and South – but that state of affairs would have ended decades ago if US imperialism allowed the North and South to solve their own political and economic differences in their own way.  Instead, a state of war has been kept alive by the worker-hating anticommunist government of the USA.  The United States and its puppet government in South Korea stage continuous military provocations right up to the North Korean border which always include “simulated” attacks with sorties of stealth bombers capable of carrying multiple nuclear weapons each.  Imagine what the reaction would be if China and Mexico carried out simulated invasions of Texas from the south complete with land, air and naval forces right up against the US border!  That is the kind of constant provocation the North Korean people have to endure year after year.  The racist US government thinks nothing of risking the lives of millions of South Koreans – supposedly their allies – by these endless attempts to get North Korea to react militarily to these naked provocations.

The massive propaganda machine owned and operated by the US capitalist class portrays the government of Kim Jong-Un as “crazy” for wanting to possess nuclear weapons!  What is “crazy” about any small nation wanting to effectively defend its right to exist using the most modern weaponry available to it – especially when it is being continuously threatened with complete annihilation by a much larger country that not only has a vastly larger nuclear arsenal but is the ONLY nation on Earth ever to actually USE nuclear weapons against civilians… and when the nation that is continually threatening it with a nuclear holocaust has already murdered 3 million Koreans?  The fact is that the North Koreans would be crazy not to develop a defensive nuclear arsenal!  This obvious truth should be clear to any thinking human being.

The UN is a den of capitalist thieves run by the world’s most dangerous terrorist state: the United States of America

Instead of condemning the US and South Korea for wantonly provoking war year after year through their threatening behavior, the UN obscenely imposes economic sanctions on the VICTIMS of the nuclear terrorism of the US!  We say: drop all the sanctions against North Korea now!  US OUT OF SOUTH KOREA AND ALL OF ASIA!  North Korea has the right to defend itself by any means necessary against the massive nuclear arsenal of US imperialism and its allies!

As revolutionary socialists we are duty-bound to defend every conquest made by the working classes of the world against any attempt by the capitalists to attack them.  Every revolutionary socialist worker must defend all of the socialist workers states which came into existence through the incredibly difficult and bloody struggles against the forces of world imperialism throughout the 20th century.  Literally millions of Korean workers and peasants gave their lives fighting to free their nation first from the savagely repressive Japanese occupation and then from the even more savage US occupation and war which took the lives of some 3 million Korean and Chinese workers.  We stand side-by-side with the North Korean workers against our common enemy: the US capitalist class and its UN/NATO allies.  We salute our North Korean sisters and brothers for their valiant decades-long struggle against US imperialism and defend their right to possess the most modern weaponry that is necessary to prevent the blood-soaked US capitalist class from making yet another attempt to drown the Korean socialist workers revolution in blood.  US imperialism: hands off North Korea!  For the revolutionary socialist reunification of the Korean peninsula!

— IWPCHI

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Click here for your copy of “Korea Today” Number 9 (Sept 2017)

 

 

Defend North Korea! IWPCHI Congratulates N. Korea on 1st Successful H-Bomb Test

We republish below today’s historic announcement by North Korea of its first successful H-bomb test.

We congratulate the North Korean government on this awesome scientific and military achievement and wholeheartedly agree with the North Korean government that maintaining an effective nuclear deterrent force in North Korea is absolutely necessary in order to effectively defend the North Korean workers state from annihilation by the #1 terrorist state in the world: the government of the United States of America (and its sock-puppet ally, the government of South Korea).

The boundless hypocrisy of the US government in its expressions of horror at the idea that tiny North Korea – thanks to its planned socialist economy – is able, even in the face of crushing US and world economic and technology sanctions, to field a growing and effective nuclear deterrent force, would be laughable if it did not barely cover the US Government’s blood-lust to avenge its defeat at the hands of the North Korean and Chinese communists in the Korean War.  The United States is of course armed to the teeth with thousands of nuclear weapons of all description, capable of destroying every capital city on Earth.  The US is also the only nation ever to actually use nuclear weapons in the history of the world, which in did in the twin, monstrous war-crimes against Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan in 1945.  The United States and South Korean governments have remained in a state of war against North Korea since the 1950s and continually threaten North Korea with nuclear annihilation in annual “war games” that include flying nuclear-armed B52-bombers to within a few miles of the border of the North Korean workers state!  Imagine how the US government and public would react to the Russians or Chinese holding such war games at sea 5 miles off the coast of Virginia!  The North Koreans are not hallucinating when they compare the enormously unequal threat that faces them to an unarmed person being attacked by a pack of ravenous wolves.

As revolutionary Trotskyists, we will always defend socialist workers states from all attacks launched against them by the capitalist and imperialist states of the world.  Every Trotskyist worthy of the name must stand up in defense of those nations like North Korea where the workers and peasants have overthrown their capitalist masters and established workers governments – no matter how repressive those governments may be.  Those who cannot defend the historic victories of the international revolutionary socialist workers movement will never achieve victories of their own!  This is a fundamental principle of military strategy in general and of revolutionary socialism in particular.

The programme of North Korea’s revolutionary socialist party (the Workers’ Party of Korea, or WPK) is based on what we consider to be a major abandonment of Marxist/Leninist/Trotskyist principles: “the Juche Idea”.  Basically it is a variant of the counterrevolutionary Stalinist concept that claims – quite erroneously and dangerously – that it is possible to build “Socialism in One Country”.  As the collapse of the Soviet Union proved conclusively, and as the increasingly pro-capitalist Chinese Maoist government proves today, once a revolutionary party abandons the principles of revolutionary internationalism, the restoration of capitalism will follow in due time.  In order for socialism to be successful, it, like capitalism before it, must overthrow – all over the world – the reactionary class that is holding back the march of human progress.  In the case of the American and French revolutions of the 1700s that class was the feudal aristocracy; in the case of today’s revolutionary socialist movements that reactionary class is the worker-robbing and war-mongering capitalist class.  The only reason North Korea has not been brought to its knees so far in spite of the West’s brutal and inhumane economic blockade has been the fact that China has, in solidarity with its fellow workers state, sent billions in aid to North Korea (as the USSR did before it was betrayed into the hands of the capitalists by the Stalinist traitors).  Back in the 1970s, when both China and the USSR were subsidizing the North Korean economy, the standard of living in North Korea was actually far higher than in South Korea.

North Korean and South Korean annual GDP compared. Source: Trading Economics http://www.tradingeconomics.com/north-korea/gdp

North Korean and South Korean annual GDP compared. Source: Trading Economics http://www.tradingeconomics.com/north-korea/gdp

The collapse of the USSR (which took place in 1989 – see chart above), as well as the ongoing repulsive and counterrevolutionary restoration of capitalism in China (which has resulted in the Chinese “communist party” leadership’s increasing hostility to N Korea) have led to a steep decline in the standard of living in North Korea. Only thanks to North Korea’s planned socialist economy can the country continue to guarantee the basic necessities of life to its citizens – which they are doing.   There is no way that North Korea will be able to continue to exist unless workers throughout Asia overthrow the capitalist (in the case of China, proto-capitalist) ruling classes and create revolutionary socialist workers states that can provide the economic aid crucial to North Korea’s continued existence.  That is why revolutionary Trotskyists call for a pro-socialist political revolution in China, North Korea, Vietnam and Cuba to defend socialism, repudiate capitalist exploitation and to re-instill the revolutionary INTERNATIONALIST socialist ideals of the COMINTERN under leadership of Lenin and Trotsky. We defend the very real and substantial economic, social and political gains of the North Korean and Chinese revolutions while opposing the reactionary and repressive political parties that lead those states.  Only a revolutionary socialist political revolution of the workers of China and North Korea that ousts these reactionary bureaucracies can lead to a true defense of socialism and most importantly to the expansion of socialist revolutionary ideas and parties dedicated to the overthrow of the capitalist system throughout Asia and the world.

We also condemn the hostile statements and actions of the traitorous fake-communist and capitalist-restorationist Chinese “Communist Party” leadership in regard to North Korea’s steadfast attempts to buttress its ability to defend itself in the face of unbridled and continuous US imperialist aggression.

Workers of the World, Unite!

—IWPCHI

http://www.kcna.kp (Korean Central News Agency – official news agency of North Korean government – the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)

DPRK Proves Successful in H-bomb Test

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Pyongyang, January 6 (KCNA) — The DPRK government issued the following statement Wednesday:
There took place a world startling event to be specially recorded in the national history spanning 5 000 years in the exciting period when all service personnel and people of the DPRK are making a giant stride, performing eye-catching miracles and exploits day by day after turning out as one in the all-out charge to bring earlier the final victory of the revolutionary cause of Juche, true to the militant appeal of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK).
The first H-bomb test was successfully conducted in Juche Korea at 10:00 on Wednesday, Juche 105 (2016), pursuant to the strategic determination of the WPK.
Through the test conducted with indigenous wisdom, technology and efforts the DPRK fully proved that the technological specifications of the newly developed H-bomb for the purpose of test were accurate and scientifically verified the power of smaller H-bomb.
It was confirmed that the H-bomb test conducted in a safe and perfect manner had no adverse impact on the ecological environment.
The test means a higher stage of the DPRK’s development of nuclear force.
By succeeding in the H-bomb test in the most perfect manner to be specially recorded in history the DPRK proudly joined the advanced ranks of nuclear weapons states possessed of even H-bomb and the Korean people came to demonstrate the spirit of the dignified nation equipped with the most powerful nuclear deterrent.
This test is a measure for self-defence the DPRK has taken to firmly protect the sovereignty of the country and the vital right of the nation from the ever-growing nuclear threat and blackmail by the U.S.-led hostile forces and to reliably safeguard the peace on the Korean Peninsula and regional security.
Since the appearance of the word hostility in the world there has been no precedent of such deep-rooted, harsh and persistent policy as the hostile policy the U.S. has pursued towards the DPRK.
The U.S. is a gang of cruel robbers which has worked hard to bring even a nuclear disaster to the DPRK, not content with having imposed the thrice-cursed and unheard-of political isolation, economic blockade and military pressure on it for the mere reason that it has differing ideology and social system and refuses to yield to the former’s ambition for aggression.
The Korean Peninsula and its vicinity are turning into the world’s biggest hotspot where a nuclear war may break out since they have been constantly stormed with all nuclear strike means of the U.S. imperialist aggressor troops, including nuclear carrier strike group and nuclear strategic flying corps.
While kicking up all forms of economic sanctions and conspiratorial “human rights” racket against the DPRK with mobilization of the hostile forces, the U.S. has made desperate efforts to block its building of a thriving nation and improvement of the people’s living standard and “bring down its social system”.
The DPRK’s access to H-bomb of justice, standing against the U.S., the chieftain of aggression watching for a chance for attack on it with huge nukes of various types, is the legitimate right of a sovereign state for self-defense and a very just step no one can slander.
Genuine peace and security cannot be achieved through humiliating solicitation or compromise at the negotiating table.
The present-day grim reality clearly proves once again the immutable truth that one’s destiny should be defended by one’s own efforts.
Nothing is more foolish than dropping a hunting gun before herds of ferocious wolves.
The spectacular success made by the DPRK in the H-bomb test this time is a great deed of history, a historic event of the national significance as it surely guarantees the eternal future of the nation.
The DPRK is a genuine peace-loving state which has made all efforts to protect peace on the Korean Peninsula and security in the region from the U.S. vicious nuclear war scenario.
The DPRK, a responsible nuclear weapons state, will neither be the first to use nuclear weapons nor transfer relevant means and technology under any circumstances as already declared as long as the hostile forces for aggression do not encroach upon its sovereignty.
There can neither be suspended nuclear development nor nuclear dismantlement on the part of the DPRK unless the U.S. has rolled back its vicious hostile policy toward the former.
The army and people of the DPRK will steadily escalate its nuclear deterrence of justice both in quality and quantity to reliably guarantee the future of the revolutionary cause of Juche for all ages.
Juche Korea will be prosperous forever as it holds fast to the great WPK’s line of simultaneously pushing forward the two fronts. -0-

 

 

DEFEND NORTH KOREA! North Korean Military Statements Describe Unprovoked Artillery Attack Launched from South Korea

We publish below a selection of recent news dispatches from the Korean Central News Agency, the official news agency of North Korea regarding the attack on North Korea launched by the US military and their South Korean puppets yesterday (20 August 2015).

The US capitalist class still seeks revenge for their humiliation at the hands of the North Korean working class in the Korean War.  The Independent Workers Party of Chicago – nucleus of a future revolutionary Trotskyist workers party in the US – calls for workers all over the world to defend the North Korean workers state whenever it is attacked by the forces of world capitalism, especially the United States Government.

The US capitalist class has continually provoked the North Koreans since the signing of the Armistice which established the partitioning of the Korean peninsula into North and South Korea.  Several times a year the US and their puppet regime in Seoul launch provocative and dangerous “war games” aimed at forcing the North Koreans into launching a military attack that would then provide the US with the pretext for a massive invasion of the North.  This month the US and South Korea are engaged in a series of provocations named “Ulchi (or Ulji) Freedom Guardian”.  The US Pacific Command described the annual war games in the following press release:

Combined Forces Command to Begin Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2015

By Staff Report | August 17, 2015

YONGSAN GARRISON, SEOUL, South Korea — The Republic of Korea – United States Combined Forces Command will conduct the annual exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2015 Aug. 17 to Aug. 28.

UFG is a routine and defense-oriented exercise designed to enhance CFC readiness, protect the region and maintain stability on the Korean peninsula. UFG is planned months in advance and it is not connected to any current world events. U.S. forces will join ROK military forces representing all services, and ROK government participants.

There are seven United Nations Command Sending States scheduled to participate in UFG 2015, including Australia, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, France, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. In addition, the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission will monitor the exercise to ensure it is in compliance with the Armistice Agreement.

Through its Panmunjom mission, the United Nations Command Military Armistice Commission has informed the North Korean People’s Army of the exercise dates and the non-provocative nature of this routine training.
Routine training exercises are carried out in the spirit of the Oct. 1, 1953, ROK-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty and in accordance with the Armistice. These exercises also highlight the longstanding partnership, commitment and enduring friendship between the U.S. and ROK, and help to ensure stability and security on the peninsula.

[SOURCE: http://www.pacom.mil/Media/News/tabid/5693/Article/613802/combined-forces-command-to-begin-ulchi-freedom-guardian-2015.aspx%5D

That sounds quite harmless, doesn’t it?  Really, what other country besides the “crazy” North Korea would be upset by the combined air, sea and ground forces of the USA and seven other NATO countries staging a “war game” RIGHT ON ITS BORDERS?  If the Russians and Chinese were to do that in international waters 200 miles off the coast of California, the US would be fine with that, right?

Here is the North Korean version of the cross-border shelling that took place during these “harmless” war games on 20 August:

[SOURCE: http://kcna.kp/kcna.user.article.retrieveNewsViewInfoList.kcmsf  Note: the KCNA website does not provide links for each article.  You have to click on the link on the main home page of KCNA to get to the articles. – IWPCHI]

KPA Supreme Command Warns S. Korean Military to Act with Discretion

Pyongyang, August 20 (KCNA) — The Supreme Command of the Korean People’s Army issued the following urgent report on Thursday:
War maniacs of the south Korean puppet military made another grave provocation to the DPRK in the central western sector of the front on Thursday afternoon.
They perpetrated such reckless action as firing 36 shells at KPA civil police posts under the absurd pretext that the KPA fired one shell at the south side. Six shells of them hit the area near KPA civil police posts 542 and 543 and other 15 shells fell near KPA civil police posts 250 and 251.
There was no victim of the shelling provocation.
However, this reckless shelling on the DPRK’s military posts, its inviolable territory is a serious military provocation that can never be pardoned.
Gravity of the situation is that the south Korean puppet military didn’t hesitate to make such provocation though it has not yet confirmed where a shell allegedly fired by the KPA came from and where it fell in its side, unaware of whether it was an AA gun shell or a bullet or a rocket or not.
Shortly ago, the puppet war maniacs resumed the broadcasting for psychological warfare in all sectors of the front under the pretext of a doubtful mine explosion case. Today they fired shells en masse toward the territory of the DPRK without scientific grounds. All of them are prompted by insanity of the south Korean military war maniacs for provocation.
In view of the prevailing crucial situation, an emergency enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea will be convened at Thursday night.
We are now sharply following the south Korean puppet Defense Ministry’s attitude toward the ultimatum of the KPA General Staff which declared that a strong military action would be launched unless they stop the broadcasting for anti-DPRK psychological warfare and dismantle all means of psychological warfare within 48 hours.
Foolhardy provocation deserves harsh punishment.
The south Korean military war maniacs should behave with discretion, well aware of the retaliatory spirit running high among the angry servicepersons of the KPA frontline combined units.

[End of statement]

The North Koreans quite responsibly and wisely take such provocations very seriously.  They have no intention of losing another 3 million Koreans to another “police action” launched by the US capitalist class.  In the current war games, the US/South Korean forces have dropped propaganda leaflets on North Korean territory, and have begun propaganda broadcasts to the north.  This, too is an act of war, not a mere “defense-oriented exercise” as the Pentagon would have us believe.

http://kcna.kp/kcna.user.special.getArticlePage.kcmsf

Kim Jong Un Guides Emergency Enlarged Meeting of WPK Central Military Commission

Pyongyang, August 21 (KCNA) — The situation of the country is now inching close to the brink of a war due to the continued anti-DPRK political and military provocations by the U.S. imperialists and the south Korean puppet forces.

The broadcasting for anti-DPRK psychological warfare, resumed by the south Korean puppet military gangsters in all sectors of the front under the pretext of doubtful “mine explosion” case which occurred in the demilitarized zone of the western sector of the front on August 4, is still going on day and night. And the leaflet-scattering operation against the DPRK, kicked off with mobilization of die-hard reactionary organizations, has gone beyond a tolerance limit.

Psychological warfare against the DPRK is, in essence, an open act of war against it.

In this regard, the General Staff of the Korean People’s Army on August 20 sent an ultimatum to the south Korean puppet Ministry of Defense that a strong military action would be launched at once unless it stops the anti-DPRK broadcasting for psychological warfare and removes all psywar means within 48 hours.

Nevertheless, the south Korean puppet military gangsters getting frantic in provoking the DPRK again invented a case of “shell fired by the north” in the afternoon of August 20, Juche 104 (2015) and, under that pretext, fired dozens of shells on the DPRK’s inviolable territory, a reckless military action.

Such reckless political and military provocations on the part of the south Korean puppet military gangsters are driving the country to a war crisis.

Under the prevailing grave situation, an emergency enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) was convened at night of August 20.

The meeting was presided by Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the WPK, chairman of the WPK Central Military Commission, first chairman of the DPRK National Defence Commission and supreme commander of the KPA.

Present there were members of the WPK Central Military Commission, operations commanding officers of the KPA General Staff, commanders of the KPA frontline large combined units, senior officials of the state security and people’s security organs, leading officials of the WPK Central Committee and officials in charge of external affairs.

The meeting heard a report of the General Reconnaissance Bureau of the General Staff of the KPA on how the enemies committed the military provocation in the central western sectors of the front in the afternoon of Thursday, its truth and their general movements. It examined the preparations for launching operations of the frontline large combined units of the KPA as of 23:00 on Thursday and discussed a plan for the political and military counteractions to foil the enemies’ moves for war. The meeting also examined and ratified the offensive operation plan of the KPA Front Command to launch retaliatory strike and counterattack on the whole length of front all at once under an unavoidable situation.

And the Central Military Commission of the WPK approved the decision of the KPA General Staff in which it sent to the south Korean puppet Ministry of Defense an ultimatum on 17:00 on Thursday that the KPA would launch a strong military action unless it stops psychological broadcasting towards the north and dismantle all means for psychological warfare within 48 hours.

At the emergency enlarged meeting of the Central Military Commission of the WPK, Kim Jong Un issued an order of the supreme commander of the Korean People’s Army that the frontline large combined units of the KPA should enter a wartime state to be fully battle ready to launch surprise operations and the area along the front be put in a semi-war state from 17:00 on Friday.

Commanders were appointed and dispatched to the relevant sectors of the front to command military actions in the areas to destroy means for psychological warfare unless the enemies stop the psychological broadcasting within 48 hours and put down their possible counter-actions.

The meeting discussed the measures to convert the party and power bodies, working people’s organizations, state security, people’s security and judicial and prosecution organs, factories, enterprises, cooperative farms and other units in the relevant areas into the semi-war system as the semi-war state has been declared in the area along the front.

It also set forth the duties and tasks of officials in charge of external affairs to fully lay bare the truth about the prevailing situation caused by the enemies’ undisguised and surprise aggression. -0- (2015.08.21)

[End of press release]

Workers of the World, Unite!  Defend North Korea! US/UN/NATO Keep your Blood-stained Hands off the World!  For workers socialist revolution to overthrow the war-profiteering, greed-based capitalist system and take the weapons out of the hands of the US capitalist class for ever!

Independent Workers Party of Chicago

 

 

DEFEND NORTH KOREA! In Racist Provocation by U.S., Navy Frigate “Chancellorsville” Sent to Japan to Threaten N. Korea, China

Once again, the United States, through its endless military provocations against the embattled workers state of North Korea, has raised the threat of war in the Pacific – and has been called out on it by North Korea.

And once again, the bourgeois press of the USA dutifully snaps to attention and spreads pro-US propaganda in the service of its owners, the numerically tiny US capitalist class, distorting the protests of the North Koreans into irrational-sounding declamations coming out of left field somewhere.

Completely lost in the propaganda of the US-capitalist-class-owned news media is the obvious racist message being sent to the Korean, Japanese and Chinese people: the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser being sent there is named… the U.S.S. Chancellorsville!

Does that name ring a bell? It should; the name of the vessel is a”tribute” to the US Civil War battle fought in 1863 – and WON by the slavery-defending Confederate military forces! It is, in fact, quite appropriate that the US Navy would send a death-dealing warship so named to Asia – a continent where the US military has long played out its racist strategy to reconquer the workers states of China, North Korea and Vietnam, in an attempt to return these heroic workers states to the status of brutally exploited colonial possessions they were – before the workers successfully overthrew capitalism in their respective countries, after decades of bloody struggle.

Originally ordered in 1984 under the administration of racist, anticommunist pig Ronald Reagan, the naming of the “Chancellorsville” was no accident – and neither is the fact that it retains this repulsive name in the face of widespread opposition being organized by decent human beings of  all races, creeds and colors to monuments “in honor of” the Confederacy that exist all over the United States (principally in the states that made up the Confederate States of America).  It is long past the time that the workers of the United States rose up against the racist US capitalist class and their KKK friends and removed every last monument to the Confederate slaveocracy that stands in this country!  But that glorious day will not come until the workers overthrow the US capitalist class in a workers socialist revolution – only then can we finally FINISH THE CIVIL WAR!

So, why would those wacky North Koreans get all upset about one little ship being sent out to patrol in their home waters?  Take a peek at the armament the “Chancellorsville” carries and try to imagine how the US Government would react if the Chinese or North Koreans  sent ships like this to patrol inside the US’ self-declared 200-mile limit of its territorial waters:

Armament: 2 × 61 cell Mk 41 vertical launch systems containing

8 × RGM-84 Harpoon missiles
2 × Mk 45 Mod 2 5-in/54-cal lightweight gun
2 × 25 mm Mk 38 gun
2–4 × .50 cal (12.7 mm) gun
2 × Phalanx CIWS Block 1B

2 × Mk 32 12.75-in (324 mm) triple torpedo tubes for lightweight torpedoes

Aircraft carried: 2 × Sikorsky SH-60B or MH-60R Seahawk LAMPS III helicopters.

[Source: Wikipedia, “USS Chancellorsville (CG-62)”]

Moreove, as the North Korean Central News Agency points out in their article: “Military experts are unanimous in commenting that it is the first time for the U.S. to deploy overseas the warship with such striking-capability… If the [total currently-anticipated number] of US warships are deployed [to Japan], the number of the warships in the U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka will reach 14 including

the [nuclear-powered supercarrier U.S.S.] Ronald Reagan to be deployed at the end of this year, the appearance of the largest-ever warship fleet in Japan since World War II, foreign press reports said.” [phrases in brackets added by IWPCHI]

The North Koreans go on to state that their concerns about the growth of the US Naval flotilla are not the product of their own imaginations but that in fact “the U.S. Navy base command in Yokosuka claimed it is part of the U.S. ‘strategy for making a switchover to Asia-Pacific’ in a bid to ‘contain’ the DPRK and China”.

The insatiable greed of the US capitalist class leads it – like the capitalist classes of all major industrialized states – to seek endlessly to expand its access to raw materials and markets of every foreign nation-state on Earth.  They seek to drive hard bargains with “Third World” countries like North Korea, ruthlessly exploiting their national resources and squeezing profits from their workers.  The reason the US is so maniacally intent on attacking North Korea is that N. Korea is the ONLY country left in the world that absolutely refuses to allow the capitalists to operate inside their borders!  The world’s capitalist classes are not allowed to extract ANY profits from North Korea – which is intolerable to the greed-addled imperialists!  And so the US capitalist class spends billions of US dollars annually to isolate, threaten and – they hope – ultimately to conquer North Korea and crush its heroic working class!  The workers of the United States must defend North Korea’s right to exist and demand that the United States military be withdrawn from Asia immediately.  These US capitalist greedheads will launch WWIII out of sheer lust for profits if they can ever delude themselves into believing that it can be done “profitably” – i.e. with “acceptable” numbers of US citizens annihilated in a Chinese/N. Korean counterattack.  We must not let this happen!

The North Korean workers state is NOT our idea of an “ideal” workers state – far from it.  There is much to admire about the heroic internationalist history of the Korean working class.  It could well be argued that there would never have been a Chinese Revolution if not for the major contributions of exiled Korean communist workers – who provided vitally important revolutionary communist leadership in China while Korea and China were under brutal Japanese occupation. Having helped lead the Chinese working class to power in 1949, the Koreans launched their own revolution, this time against the savage military assaults of the US imperialist war machine.  In spite of the butchery of 3 million Koreans and the near-complete destruction of North Korea (it is said that no building above two stories was left standing between Seoul and the Chinese border after the US bombing campaigns) the North Koreans, with the assistance of the USSR and China emerged victorious.  The victory won at such a tremendous cost by our North Korean working class sisters and brothers and their heroic leaders (there is nothing phony about the achievements of the great revolutionary leader Kim Il Sung) stands to this day as a victory for every worker on Earth! We must defend North Korea against any attempt by the capitalists to overthrow socialism in North Korea and to return it to the status of a vassal state of US or EU imperialism!

The North Korean workers state, is, like the USSR (formerly) and China, led by a bureaucratic caste that has usurped political power from the N. Korean workers and rules over the nation with an iron fist.  The North Korean government is fundamentally nationalist – which in itself is a complete abandonment of the principles of revolutionary Marxism, which is thoroughly internationalist.  In pursuit of something called “the Juche Idea” –  a quasi-religious and mystical philosophy that claims, among other things, that mountains possess magical powers and that genuine revolutionary hero Kim Il Sung was some kind of god – the North Koreans seek to achieve the impossible: complete economic self-sufficiency in a nation-state the size of West Virginia!  Thanks to their planned socialist economy (and the massive assistance from China and, previously, the USSR) until recently the North Koreans have been able to do quite well.  A series of severe droughts that hit that tiny country hard caused the collapse of North Korean food production and reportedly caused famine in the country – not at all surprisingly – which was undoubtedly exacerbated by the mismanagement of available resources by North Korea’s  autocratic Kim Il Sung-ist bureaucracy.  Back in the ’70s compared to capitalist South Korea  (which has of course  been massively subsidized by the West), the standard of living in North Korea was actually HIGHER than in the South.  Even today, the planned economy of North Korea holds up well against that of South Korea:

GDPs of North Korea and South Korea, 1960-2015. Source: Trading Economics

GDPs of North Korea and South Korea, 1960-2015. Source: Trading Economics

But with the collapse of the USSR and the continuing degeneration of the Chinese Communist Party into an emerging capitalist class sucking up to US imperialism – both of which threaten the subsidies necessary to keep this tiny nation-state afloat – the North Korean workers state is doomed economically.  If China was to cut off all subsidies to North Korea (a situation which the United States is trying desperately to bring about, and which the continued degeneration of the Chinese Communist Party into a gang of capitalist swindlers threatens with every passing day), then the economic pressure on North Korea could become so great that they would have to make major concessions to the imperialists just in order to survive as an independent state.   The situation can ONLY be resolved in North Korea’s favor if capitalism is overthrown throughout Asia and eventually around the world.  This alone will provide North Korea with the socialist trading partners it needs to prosper.  Unless the North Korean working class can organize itself to depose the ruling Kim Il Sung hereditary “communist monarchy” in a pro-socialist political revolution and return to the road of revolutionary Marxist internationalism, the days of North Korea will be numbered.  This, if it were to occur – just as with the collapse of the USSR – would represent a major defeat for the working class of the world.  This is why we say: DEFEND NORTH KOREA!  US IMPERIALISM: KEEP YOUR BLOOD-STAINED HANDS OFF THE WORLD!  US workers must fight to force the US Government to withdraw its military forces from Japan and from all territories outside the US mainland.  The US capitalist class does not have the right to intervene in the affairs of other countries.  The workers of the US must overthrow the US capitalist class before these greed-infected capitalists launch World War Three, killing perhaps hundreds of millions of workers all over the globe and maybe even wiping out the human race – to say nothing of what such a war would do to the ecosystem of this planet which any “lucky” survivors would be left with!

We republish below the complete text of the North Korean statement on the deployment of the “Chancellorsville” and the larger, ominous threat of a regional war posed by the US’ war moves in their racist “pivot to Asia”.

The statement is in the inimitable butchered English translation sadly common in all official Korean-English translations produced by the North Korean government.  The bourgeois press can snicker all they want at the bad translations; the message is very serious, and the threat so keenly felt by the North Koreans is not a joke at all.  After all, in the US thoroughly racist Korean War, launched just after the equally racist nuclear war crimes at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 3 million Korean workers were butchered by the US military.  The North Koreans have every right to protest vigorously every time the US imperialist war machine appears on the horizon.

– IWPCHI

http://www.kcna.kp/kcna.user.article.retrieveNewsViewInfoList.kcmsf

KCNA Commentary Accuses U.S. of Its Moves to Launch Nuclear War

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Pyongyang, June 29 (KCNA) — The U.S. military moves to launch a nuclear war on the Korean peninsula at any cost have reached an ever more undisguised and full-fledged phase.
Recently, latest missile cruiser Chancellorsville of the U.S. Navy equipped with Aegis system anchored at the U.S. military base in Yokosuka, Japan.
Belonging to carrier flotilla, it has the mission to strike naval and underwater targets while performing missile defense and anti-air defense duties. Military experts are unanimous in commenting that it is the first time for the U.S. to deploy overseas the warship with such striking-capability.
Two cruisers equipped with similar missile defense system will be deployed in Yokosuka late in 2017.
If the above-said warships are deployed, the number of the warships in the U.S. Navy base in Yokosuka will reach 14 including the U.S. nuclear carrier Ronald Reagan to be deployed at the end of this year, the appearance of the largest-ever warship fleet in Japan since World War II, foreign press reports said.
As regards the deployment of three warships equipped with Aegis system, the U.S. Navy base command in Yokosuka claimed it is part of the U.S. “strategy for making a switchover to Asia-Pacific” in a bid to “contain” the DPRK and China.
It was also reported that the U.S. is mulling temporarily deploying four Global Hawks at the Misawa airfield of Japan from July.
All these military moves under the pretext of “containing the DPRK and China” are aimed to kick up an overall nuclear war racket against the DPRK in the ground, air and seas.
This fully revealed once again the aggressive nature of the U.S. imperialists who are making no scruple of periodically disturbing peace and stability in the region to attain their strategic and avaricious purposes.
Through a statement of the National Defence Commission the DPRK declared before the whole world that its army and people would launch a nationwide action of a new high level against the robber-like U.S. imperialists.
As clarified in the statement, the frantic moves the U.S. has stepped up for a nuclear war by introducing Chancellorsville, Global Hawk and the like would face stronger counter-actions of the DPRK.
The U.S. would be well advised to bear in mind that the DPRK has already put in place powerful strike group equipped with strategic and tactical rockets to cope with its missile threat.
The U.S. is required to pay heed to the DPRK’s warning that it is ready for conventional or nuclear or cyber wars.
The world people still remember and will never forget such crime committed by the U.S. against humanity 70 years ago as dropping atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki to achieve its strategic aim.
It is a serious miscalculation and daydream for the U.S. to think it can employ the same method on the Korean peninsula as what it did to attain its purpose.
It is as clear as a pikestaff that if the U.S. nuclear maniacs ignite a nuclear war on the peninsula at any cost, they will perish in the flames kindled by themselves.
After all, the U.S. styling itself “the world’s only superpower” will precipitate its final ruin. -0-

 

US, NATO, UN: Hands off North Korea! US Military Provocation, Propaganda Barrage Continues as China Stabs N. Korea in Back

The massive war propaganda operation being run by the United States capitalist class and its imperialist allies’ news media operations against the heroic nation of North Korea continues unabated today.   The capitalist press lying “coverage” of the North Korea story is so heavily self-censored that it is quite amazing even for those of us who have seen this type of operation many times before.  Just Google “North Korea Threatens Nuclear Strike” and see how far a lie can go while the truth is just putting on its boots!

The full focus of the massive, internationally coordinated campaign of lies and slanders against the North Korean workers state is that the North Koreans have been made to be so “irrational” at the threat of new sanctions that the North Korean government has threatened to attack the US mainland with nuclear bombs – something that everyone who knows anything at all about the North Korean military knows is not even possible.  North Korea does not, in fact, possess missiles capable of carrying nuclear bombs to the US mainland – or even Hawaii! Every military analyst on the planet knows this, but still the US capitalist press spreads this Goebbels-esque lie.

The fact is that, although they are justifiably angry that their nation is being “punished” by the US imperialists’ puppets and allies at the UN like a naughty child for the “crime” of attempting to defend its own borders,  the principal source for the North Koreans’ anger is actually yet another vicious military provocation and imminent threat against North Korea – the massive  joint US/South Korean military war “games” most charmingly and patronizingly named “Operation Foal Eagle”.   The very existence of this weeks-long series of military exercises seemingly designed to provoke North Korea into an attack against US and South Korean military forces operating within 50 miles of its coastline has been almost completely expunged from the capitalist press.  Hardly a word has been written about “Foal Eagle”, in which a huge armada of naval, air and land forces – including over 10,000 U.S. soldiers – and the entire South Korean military are engaged in “mock attacks” on North Korea, “exercises” in which US and South Korean Air Forces practice “fake” bombing runs aimed at key North Korean military and political targets.  If the North Koreans had the capability of carrying out “war games” like this just outside Chesapeake Bay, the US would go FUCKING APESHIT!  But it’s OK when the big, cowardly, bully US government threatens yet another tiny little country that dares to stand up to US imperialism!  In fact, it’s so “OK” with the lying US capitalist press that they pretend it’s not even happening!

In yesterday’s newspapers, the main thrust of imperialist propaganda was the passage in the UN – with the criminal assistance of the fake-“communist” government of China – of a new regime of sanctions against North Korea, intended to tighten the noose around the throats of the working people of that long-suffering, tiny workers state.  The United States government, unable to defeat North Korea militarily during the Korean War – in spite of unleashing massive chemical warfare and bombing campaigns against the civilian population – and unable to buy the leaders of North Korea outright, seeks to strangle this tiny country to death economically.  North Korea – the 99th largest country in the world, a country of 120,000 square kilometers (roughly the size of Pennsylvania) is portrayed by the lying capitalist press as a crazed, nuclear-armed Goliath “threatening” the “peaceful” US – the 3rd largest country in the world, possessing a huge nuclear arsenal – with nuclear annihilation – for no reason at all besides the “fact” that the North Koreans are “deranged”.   The astonishing ability of the world’s capitalist press to successfully spread this “big lie” campaign is testimony to the credulity and the poor education of the working class around the world, but particularly in the United States itself.

The US working class has been bludgeoned into a state of near-complete apathy by the constant lies of the politicians of the twin capitalist parties in the US, as well as the massive destruction of the standard of living of the workers since the latest collapse of US capitalism in 2008.  Poorly educated and subject to constant nationalist propaganda proclaiming that the capitalist system of the US has produced the highest standard of living and most thriving democracy in the world when neither “fact” is even remotely close to the truth, the working class staggers blindly forward, convinced that “there’s nothing we can do” about a government that almost no one in the country actually supports.  Only about 30% of the adults eligible to vote actually bother to do so, certain as they are that it doesn’t matter which party they vote for, they’ll be screwed either way.  While this is certainly the truth as regards the twin political pillars of the US capitalist system, it does not absolve the US working class of the responsibility of taking matters into our own hands and changing the situation for the better.  No one else can do it but us, the US working class – we are responsible for our own destinies.   To sit around as if we – 300,000,000 of us in – potentially – the most powerful working class on the face of the planet – are helpless children at the mercy of the 500 capitalists – 500! – who own 50% of the nation’s wealth is to act, not like proud workers but as abject slaves, broken in spirit and sullenly slouching off to work every day like the good little debt-peons the capitalist class wants us to be!

Meanwhile, the workers of the world look at the US and wonder why such relatively privileged working people stand around like idiots doing nothing to stop “their own” government that goes around the world crushing tiny country after tiny country, murdering men, women and children from Afghanistan to Iraq, Libya to Mali, South America to the Philippines and threatening to erase Iran and North Korea from the face of the Earth for “daring” to stand up to the United States!  Wake up, brothers and sisters!  “Your” government is poised, right now as you read this to commit one of the most heinous war crimes in the history of the world: the nuclear annihilation of tiny North Korea!  We have to stop this from happening!  The North Korean workers have NEVER threatened and do not now threaten the working class of the United States in ANY WAY.  But the continued existence of North Korea – a Stalinist workers state that overthrew capitalism in the 1950s and continues to defend their socialist country in defiance of the US capitalist class – ENRAGES the US capitalist class, which can’t bribe, steal or militarily smash this courageous little country unless they can somehow provoke North Korea into a desperate defensive attack on the US military juggernaut that is poised at this very hour to invade North Korea and crush that country into submission for the “crime” of trying to build socialism in one little country!

As you read this, the United States has 11,000 soldiers and complete land, sea and air forces conducting threatening military maneuvers – mock attacks – against North Korea!  It is as if the Russians and Chinese were holding joint military exercises in Chesapeake Bay “practicing” bombing runs on Washington D.C.!  THIS is what the North Koreans are pissed off about; THIS is why one of their military leaders went “off-message” and threatened to bomb the United States!  It’s because the long-suffering North Koreans are sick and tired of being threatened with annihilation by the most powerful military power in the world – the United States!  If the United States government truly believes that the North Koreans are “crazy enough” to attempt to attack the US with the handful of nukes they possess – which would mean risking the complete destruction of North Korea in a US nuclear counter-strike – WHY is the US capitalist class engaged in such provocative war moves right off the coast of North Korea?  Are they trying to get the North Koreans to panic and attack the US forces, thus “justifying” a US counter-attack?  Is this another secret war plan like the US plans to enter WWII only after provoking Japan to attack Pearl Harbor, or the phony pretext for the massive attack on Vietnam, the “Gulf of Tonkin incident”?

THE ANSWER IS: YES!!  The US capitalist class wants revenge for the humiliating military defeat the North Koreans handed them in the Korean War.  They want to wipe off the face of the Earth any government that dares to stand up to the US, from Cuba to Libya to Iraq to Vietnam to China to North Korea!  They will murder as many people as they feel they “have to” in order to maintain the position of the US capitalist class as the dominant economic power in the world – a dominance which is ONLY made possible by the existence of the huge US war machine, as the US economy has been looted to the point where the US is by far the world’s greatest debtor nation – a beggar armed to the teeth and threatening to destroy the planet in order to keep that hideous gang of thieves – the US capitalist class – “on top” of the world!

The United States is a BROKE-ASS-BROKE, has-been capitalist country that manufactures nothing worth a damn except weapons with which to continually threaten their rival capitalists with.  The standard of living for workers in the US – in case you haven’t noticed, brother and sister WAGE-SLAVES! – has been steadily declining since the 1960s.  Last year real wages in the US declined – according to lying  “official” figures – by 0.4%!   Millions of US workers are unemployed; 1/5 of US children live “at or below” the poverty level; college graduates, saddled with massive debts, can’t find jobs; millions of workers are working part-time in jobs they are vastly overqualified for just desperately trying to make ends meet; millions of families have been thrown out of their homes and apartments as the lost their jobs during the last recession… and you are being told by the government that THIS IS THE BEST OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS!  Do you believe this?

And now, “your” sick government, a bought-and-paid-for, wholly owned subsidiary of the US capitalist class – which makes up less that 5% of the US population – wants YOU to sit there like stupid assholes while they smash the shit out of tiny North Korea, and then maybe move on to Iran and do the same thing, so that capitalist class can move their army just this/much closer to the border of China – the real target of US imperialism, against whom they wish to wage World War Three!  Will you sit there pretending that there is “nothing you can do” like you did when the FBI murdered the women and children at Waco, Texas?  Will you sit there like the stupid slaves they want you to be while they lie to crush millions of your fellow workers, like they did in Iraq and Afghanistan, Vietnam and El Salvador, Guatemala and the Philippines, Indonesia and Chile and Panama and Libya?

The Associated Press published an article on the North Korean situation yesterday that was probably 5,000 words long that did not even mention ONE TIME the fact that the US and South Korea are at this very minute holding very provocative war “games” using live ammunition and planes and submarines with very real bombs and missiles just off the coast of North Korea!  They are “practicing” amphibious landings and live nuclear attacks using B-52 and Stealth bombers “pretending” to take runs at the capital of North Korea, Pyongyang, and then turning away at the last minute!  Is it any wonder that the North Koreans are so goddamned pissed off?

This isn’t the first time that the US has carried out such naked military provocations against North Korea: they have been doing it every year since the signing of the “Armistice” between North and South Korea in 1953!  If anything has been proven beyond a doubt by this, it is the fact that the US government is a deranged, warmongering country and the North Koreans are incredibly stable and capable of tolerating incredible pressure in such situations!  How do they keep from defending themselves in these situations?  What would the US do if China was holding such a military exercise in international waters 200 miles off the coast of Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay, within minutes of striking distance from Washington D.C.??

China’s role in this international conspiracy of capitalist states to crush North Korea is especially disgusting.  The Chinese Maoist bureaucracy is so far gone down the road to the restoration of capitalism in China that it is quite repulsive to behold.  These scum, whose own fathers, mothers grandfathers and grandmothers fought like heroes to free China from the grip of landlordism and savage, racist exploitation at the hands of international capitalism are now selling out the millions of heroic Chinese workers who gave their lives in the Chinese Revolution – for cash.  Chinese Stalinism/Maoism is in its death throes, having decided, like their counterparts in the USSR, that it’s better to just stuff their pockets with cash and loot the collectivised economy rather than defend the revolution.  They are selling the graves of their ancestors for a few pieces of silver.  The Chinese fake-“communist” government needs to be overthrown by the Chinese working class in a political revolution that defends socialism and kicks the capitalists out of China for ever!

The North Koreans fought heroically, side-by-side with their Chinese brothers and sisters during the Chinese Revolution.  In fact, it is quite possible that there would never have BEEN a successful Chinese Revolution if not for the efforts of at least 100,000 Korean Communists who were forced to flee to China when the Japanese invaded Korea and hunted down the communist workers like dogs.  The Korean worker-communists became the leading cadres of the Chinese Revolution in eastern Chinese cities and along the Korean-Chinese border.  Thousands of Koreans gave their lives fighting on the side of the Chinese workers in a real internationalist effort to overthrow the Japanese imperialist yoke that attempted to drown the Chinese workers movement in blood.  And now these disgusting nouveau-riche Chinese “communist party” scum repay the Korean workers by stabbing them in the back at the UN, voting to extend the sanctions regime pushed by blood-soaked US imperialism against the North Korean workers!  The depravity of the leadership of the Chinese “Communist Party” apparently knows no bounds – greed has completely infected their minds to such an extent that they literally sell their erstwhile North Korean comrades to the capitalist hangmen for bags full of US dollars!   Here’s hoping that the mighty Chinese working class gives these criminals in the Communist Party of China what they deserve: long prison sentences for betraying the Chinese working class and selling out the Revolution to world capitalism!  For workers political revolution in China!  Defend socialism and throw the foreign capitalists and their “communist party” puppets into the China Sea!

Workers of the World, Unite!

IWPCHI

DEFEND NORTH KOREA! Oppose US, S. Korean War Provocation “Operation Foal Eagle”

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!

IWPCHI

Reading List: North Korea and the Korean War [UPDATED]

We’d like to help every worker who is curious about the history of the North Korean workers state, and who would like to begin the process of working their way through the massive anti-North Korea propaganda operation being run by US imperialism and its NATO allies.

To this end, we’d like to recommend three books that shine much-needed light on this subject, as well as to send you to the source of news coming directly from the North Korean government itself.

For all your North Korean news from the North Korean side, there is only one source: the official North Korean news agency: the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).  The capitalist press will tell you that you’ll find nothing but pro-regime propaganda there – as if it’s all that different reading the pro-US propaganda in every US news media outlet.   Our perusal of the KCNA website shows that it has a lot of information on the North Korean side of the argument, as well as news on North Korean art, history, culture and tourist attractions.  It’s a lot more interesting that the bourgeois press would have you believe.

The Korean Central News Agency – English Website

For your Korean War history needs, there’s American historian Bruce Cuming’s excellent books:   The Korean War and  Another Country.

“The Korean War” is, in our humble opinion, THE book to read for a very balanced view of the truth of what the United States did to the Korean people in that brutal war.  Once you understand the extent of what the Korean people were forced to live through, you will be far more understanding about why they are so desperately trying to build nuclear weapons to defend their heroic nation from another US attack.

“Another Country” describes more of the history of how the long, storied history of Korea – and especially its long, tortured struggle for independence from Japan and the US –  has created in the North a very different culture from Western society.  It could not have been otherwise.  Cumings, who is a professor of history at the University of Chicago – no hotbed of left-wing politics – is fluent in the Korean language, has visited the country many times and is a Koreaphile while not in any way being a Kim Il Sung fanboy.  Both of these relatively brief books should be required reading before anyone even tries to say a word about the subject.  Do yourselves a favor and pick them up at your library or buy them.

We would also like to recommend an excellent work of fiction by the well-known Chinese exile author Ha Jin:  “War Trash”.

This book – which is based on first-hand accounts of Chinese and Korean prisoners of war during the Korean War – describes in harrowing detail how the US’ South Korean puppet regime of Syngman Rhee systematically tortured and murdered tens of thousands of Communist workers captured during the war.    It’s a real tour of hell and another way you will come to understand why the North Koreans have absolutely no intention of ever letting that shit happen to their citizens ever again.

Last but definitely not least, we would like to suggest for your reading displeasure the harrowing account of just one of the thousands of war crimes committed by the United States military during their rape of Korea: the massacre of hundreds of Korean civilians at No Gun Ri.  It is portrayed quite brilliantly in the Pulitzer-prize winning book  “The Bridge at No Gun Ri”.

This book tells the story of how United States soldiers were ordered to open fire on civilians – men, women and children – in order to stop imaginary “North Korean infiltrators” from crossing the border into the new puppet state of South Korea.  The story is told by people who were there on both sides of the conflict:  Koreans who were children at the time of the massacre, who were shot as they tried to hide from the US soldiers’ bullets and the US Air Force’s strafing jets; as well as in accounts told by US soldiers who were there and dutifully opened fire on the civilians after being ordered to do so.  Voluminous official documentation of the incident from the North and the US is presented.   In this brutal war, this was one of the minor war crimes committed by the US military.

IWPCHI