A Deal with North Korea, Just Kidding

The conflict in Korea has dragged on way too long, and both countries have a different perspective about which side is the larger threat to the other. North Korea argues that the cooperative military drills between the South and the United States (including simulations involving an invasion) and the deployment of an anti-missile system are a danger to its existence, while South Korea argues that the North is a rogue state run by an insane autocrat who desires reunification of Korea through invasion and nuclear attacks. It is likely that both sides exaggerate the situation, but one wrong move can lead to a war that is not desired by the people of any of the countries involved (some politicians, corporate leaders of the military-industrial complex, and elites may benefit, however). China’s foreign minister, Wang Yi, has proposed a deal for a compromise between both artificially-drawn states, but will the United States be willing to give up anything in return?

As most people who even follow the news casually are aware, the United States government does not take kindly to Kim Jong-un’s ballistic missile tests and rants about American imperialism, but if we are to end the conflict diplomatically, we do need to see things from the North Korean government’s perspective. Otherwise, arrogance and ignorance can lead to some pretty bad consequences. Let’s take a ride on Memory Lane and hope that we do not end up on Nuclear War Boulevard.

After Japan’s surrender at the end of World War II, Korea was divided up into two administered zones, one run by the United States and the other occupied by the Soviet Union, until a unified government could be established over the entire peninsula. Unification did not occur, and the Korean War was fought until 1953, but tensions between North and South Korea did not end. Even to this day, China supervises (sort of) the northern half, while the United States takes responsibility of the southern half (militarily).

Military exercises simulating attacks against the North and the never-ending American presence in the region (Japan, Australia, Philippines, and the South China Sea due to increased tension with China) are intimidating, and many other “defiant” countries in the world have expressed concern over American troops and installations in their regions of the world. Plus, China and Russia are also concerned over the anti-missile system planned to be rooted in South Korea because of possible spying on their respective countries (which is reasonable given the United States’ recent history with spying on both American citizens and other countries).

In addition to providing for South Korea’s defense, the United States has implemented economic sanctions, which have added to the hardship that the citizens there face, against the North for its ballistic missile tests and nuclear weapons capabilities. Kim is apathetic towards his people, and therefore, the sanctions have failed to curb his nuclear ambitions (or lack thereof). All these pieces of economic terrorism do is make life more difficult on the people who cannot receive the products and services that they so badly need. North Korea does not care about isolation, and it is likely that the militaristic and economic threat that the country faces from the United States will not subside.

So, what of this proposal by the Chinese foreign minister? If it were undertaken, North Korea would suspend nuclear and missile actions if the United States were willing to put a freeze on the military drills. Problem solved. We can now start to work on the problem diplomatically. Wrong! U.S. ambassador to the UN, Nickki Haley, has already expressed concern about the deal and said that North Korea needs to start behaving before a compromise can be made (apparently the United States government gets to decide what is acceptable global conduct). The excuse that will be utilized to prevent the deal appears to be that the two items on the table are unrelated (a violation of UN resolutions versus tradition). Unrelated, huh? In other words, the United States is not willing to give up anything in exchange for a possible end to the conflict.

The American Empire has its mandate to “protect” its foreign provinces (I mean allies, or non-allies in some cases), whether they are Japan, South Korea, Israel, Latvia, Poland, Vietnam, or Ukraine. This means that simulations to attack China, Russia, North Korea, or Iran must be conducted with allied states in case one of them acts contrary to the arbitrary global conduct established by the United States government. Obviously, the four aforementioned enemies of the United States are aware that an attack on the territory of an American ally would lead to a large-scale war or the annihilation of their governments, so such an attack is very unlikely, but hey, let’s keep provoking them and see what happens. Playing poker in global politics is fun. Let’s not let the risk of nuclear war deter us from pulling our weight around the world. The American people will not mind if their country becomes the target of massive explosions. Who’s betting on the American government to pull us through this?

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Published on March 08, 2017 13:00
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