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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