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The descent of US/North Korea “crisis” to the level of schoolyard taunts should be remembered as one of the most bizarre, dangerous, and disgraceful chapters in US foreign policy history.

President Trump, who holds the lives of millions of Koreans and Americans in his hands, has taken to calling the North Korean dictator “rocket man on a suicide mission.” Why? To goad him into launching some sort of action to provoke an American response? Maybe the US president is not even going to wait for that. We remember from the Tonkin Gulf false flag that the provocation doesn’t even need to be real. We are in extremely dangerous territory and Congress for the most part either remains asleep or is cheering on the sabre-rattling.

Now we have North Korean threats to detonate hydrogen bombs over the Pacific Ocean and US threats to “totally destroy” the country.

We are told that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is a “madman.” That’s just what they said about Saddam, Gaddafi, Assad, and everyone else the neocons target for US military action. We don’t need to be fans of North Korea to be skeptical of the war propaganda delivered by the mainstream media to the benefit of the neocons and the military industrial complex.

Where are the cooler heads in Washington to tone down this war footing?

Making matters worse, there is very little understanding of the history of the conflict. The US spends more on its military than the next ten or so countries combined, with thousands of nuclear weapons that can destroy the world many times over. Nearly 70 years ago a US-led attack on Korea led to mass destruction and the death of nearly 30 percent of the North Korean population. That war has not yet ended.

Why hasn’t a peace treaty been signed? Newly-elected South Korean president Moon Jae-in has proposed direct negotiations with North Korea leading to a peace treaty. The US does not favor such a bilateral process. In fact, the US laughed off a perfectly sensible offer made by the Russians and Chinese, with the agreement of the North Koreans, for a “double freeze” – the North Koreans would suspend missile launches if the US and South Korea suspend military exercises aimed at the overthrow of the North Korean government.

So where are there cooler heads? Encouragingly, they are to be found in South Korea, which would surely suffer massively should a war break out. While US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, was bragging that the new UN sanctions against North Korea would result in a near-complete blockade of the country (an act of war), the South Korean government did something last week that shocked the world: it announced an eight million dollar humanitarian aid package for pregnant mothers and infant children in North Korea. The US and its allies are furious over the move, but how could anyone claim the mantle of “humanitarianism” while imposing sanctions that aim at starving civilians until they attempt an overthrow of their government?

Here’s how to solve the seven-decade old crisis: pull all US troops out of South Korea; end all military exercises on the North Korean border; encourage direct talks between the North and South and offer to host or observe them with an international delegation including the Russians and Chinese, which are after all Korea’s neighbors.

The schoolyard insults back and forth between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un are not funny. They are in fact an insult to all of the rest of us!

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
• Category: Foreign Policy • Tags: Donald Trump, North Korea 
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  1. Why does Mr. Paul seem to think negotiations are even possible at this point? Kim won’t give up his nukes, he saw what happened to Saddam and Qaddafi.

    I’ll admit, I’m 23 (soon to be 24) and have no desire to join the military and go to war, but this war may just have to happen. I’ve seen people on this website pretend that it would be just like the Soviet Union if Kim had ICBM’s. We can’t allow Kim to proliferate this information to every African or Middle Eastern despot. The world would be an infinitely more dangerous place.

    I would support a strike if it meant SF or LA wouldn’t get blown up. I do live a block from the beach in California so I really don’t want Kim to have an ICBM.

    • Replies: @reiner Tor
  2. So where are there cooler heads? Encouragingly, they are to be found in South Korea, which would surely suffer massively should a war break out.

    That is the problem. SK should be hotheaded against the US and blame the US for creating NK in the first place by dividing the nation in half and giving it to Stalin.

    NK has no freedom. It’s run by vile scumbag. US view of Korea is only as pawn in larger political game.
    So, it’s up to SK. It is democratic and has sufficient freedom for dissent. But SK ‘right’ developed in slavishness to Pentagon. SK ‘left’ disgraced itself in the past with naive pro-NK sentiments. Today, SK ‘left’ is much like ‘left’ all over Asia: ‘diversity’ and homomania, which are hardly opposed by SK ‘right’ which is afraid to oppose US cultural hegemony.

    Things would be different today if the SK ‘left’ had condemned the US for having created NK in the first place(in collusion with USSR) instead of having expressed sympathy for NK regime.

    Unlike Ho who was a legit patriotic leader of Vietnam, the Kim of NK was a puppet installed by USSR who were given half of Korea by the US.

    But then, China too was divided into North China(ruled by Mao) and South China(ruled by KMT). If neither had prevailed, China might still be divided into North China and South China.

    US did a terrible thing by calling on Soviets to enter Asia.

    • Replies: @Grandpa Charlie
  3. @whyamihere

    You could make some kind of deal with Kim:

    – no war against him
    – most sanctions get phased out
    – no US/SK large scale war games
    – perhaps a reduction in US troop levels in SK

    In exchange what would be required of him:

    – no missile exports or technology transfers
    – no nuke technology transfers
    – no more missile tests for missiles over X km range (and of course none over Japanese/SK/etc. airspace)
    – no more nuclear tests
    – perhaps a stop to plutonium production

    I also doubt he’d be willing to relinquish control over his nukes, but at least we could stop him from proliferation and building them up further. I’d prefer such a deal over a nuclear war, especially since a nuclear war would demolish the psychological barrier to using nukes, and so would make future nuclear wars more likely.

    • Replies: @Grandpa Charlie
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  5. Todd says:

    It is false that the US led an attack on Korea 70 years ago. Kim Il Sung conspired with Mao Zedong and Joseph Stalin to attack South Korea and conquer the ROK before America and the United Nations could react. North Korea launched a surprise attack on the ROK beginning on June 25th 1950. North Korea, China and the Soviet Union were the aggressors in the Korean War.

    What good does it do to demonize the US government when there is no justification for doing so? Just like the Soviet Union before it, North Korea is a failed state. It has no hope of standing up to South Korea in a conventional war. The threat of Nuclear weapons is the only way it sees to ensure its own survival.

    • Agree: Grandpa Charlie
    • Replies: @Don Bacon
  6. “if the US and South Korea suspend military exercises aimed at the overthrow of the North Korean government.” — Ron Paul

    Right there — “aimed at the overthrow of the North Korean government” — demonstrates how effective NK’s propaganda machine is! I never would have thought it possible that Dr.Paul would drink the Kool-Aid, but there it is.

    US/ROK joint military exercises are defensive in purpose and in nature. We all wish they were not necessary, but if wishes were horses, beggars would ride.

  7. @reiner Tor

    “some kind of deal with Kim: …..perhaps a reduction in US troop levels in SK” — reiner Tor

    US troop levels in SK are a function of the threat posed by Kim in NK. NK was the aggressor in 1950. and NK is itching to become the aggressor today. SK today is free, but the price of liberty is vigilance.

  8. @Priss Factor

    “US did a terrible thing by calling on Soviets to enter Asia.” — PF

    Ain’t it the truth though! It was all arranged long before the Soviets actually entered into the war against Japan.

    “At the Tehran Conference in November 1943, Stalin agreed that the Soviet Union would enter the war against Japan once Nazi Germany was defeated. … At one minute past midnight Trans-Baikal time on August 9, 1945, the Soviets commenced their invasion simultaneously on three fronts to the east, west and north of Manchuria.” — Wikipedia

    I am an admirer of FDR, although I do believe he fell for some terrible ideas about political economics. However, I am opposed on factual grounds to the conspiracy theories about him. There is no doubt that FDR desperately wanted something good and democratic to come out of the Soviet Union after the war just as he thought that the KMT would, after the war, be leading a unified and peaceful China. That set him up for Stalin’s con game.

    FDR — who famously said, “True communism is divine” — was conned by Stalin.

  9. Don Bacon says:

    If North Korea is a failed state, with no hope of standing up to South Korea in a conventional war, then why does the US, a powerful country on the other side of the planet, sixty years after an armistice was signed, still have a large military force there and why does it retain operational control of the strong South Korean military with which it conducts frequent large military exercises in violation of the spirit and the words of the 1953 Armistice Agreement?

    This is simply an utter provocation, as the US would feel if the situation were reversed, and North Korea understandably believes that it must defend itself, especially given the huge war crime which the US exercised against it previously with terrible aerial bombing. That bombing, by the way, was done on Korean cities in three waves. The first wave dropped high explosive bombs, to blow apart the (mostly wooden) buildings the Koreans lived in. The next wave was incendiary bombs, to light it all on fire. Then came the third wave with fragmentation bombs to kill and injure the survivors and first responders.

    This is what the surviving North Koreans remember. This is why they want to be able to put a serious hurt on the US (there are many Americans in the South Korean US puppet state, including military dependents) and the US South Korean allies (ten million plus people in nearby Seoul). And what better deterrent than nuclear weapons, which by the way is a cornerstone of US security and has been for a long time.

  10. Tony says:

    Yo Paulie, Trump isnt a neocon. I know you didnt say it but you were insinuating it. And we all know you dont like Trump because he dissed your son during the debates. Well get over it. How many people has Trump dissed in the past two years. Dont be like the crybaby Bush family.

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