Is Korean War II on the Horizon?

Should young Americans prepare themselves for shipping out to the 38th parallel? This seems to be a very real possibility with the current direction of the Trump administration and its “the clock has now run out and all options are on the table” mentality. Hooray! We can finally rid ourselves of one more evil dictator who rivals the United States’ power in the region, and the American Empire can expand to encompass the entire peninsula.

Previously, I wrote about a possible deal that China offered to the United States to de-escalate tensions where North Korea would be willing to freeze actions related to its nuclear program and missile testing if the United States agreed to halt its exercises in South Korea. However, such a deal would involve a compromise, and the United States is more inclined for demands than giving up something in return. Since North Korea will not offer up its nuclear and missile programs in good faith, the military option has to be utilized (apparently).

In addition, China is being pressured to coerce North Korea into compliance by implementing economic sanctions or using its status as an ally. The prospect of such a proposal may work in the United States’ favor, but this is likely not in China’s best interest because a weak or vulnerable North Korea means that the buffer between itself and an American ally may be threatened. Despite what many Americans may think, China is afraid of the United States and its troops in the region, and this is one of the major reasons for China’s militarization and South China Sea policies.

The other problem with compelling China to do the United States’ dirty work is that it ignores the very nature of alliances. Now, I am no fan of entangling alliances and they often end up leading to wars (World War I being the perfect example), but if Iran was pressuring the United States to deal with Israel (perhaps by cutting off the behemoth and superfluous foreign aid to the most powerful nation in the Middle East), the American government would likely shrug this off and do nothing to aid Iran. How is this any different? Why would China act to help the United States and risk undermining its alliance with North Korea? If China does not give into the pressure and the United States invades the North, this will likely lead to a military confrontation with China (and possibly World War III).

Americans are propagandized into thinking that North Korea is a threat to the United States because it launches ballistic missiles and has a nuclear program, but government officials and the mainstream media seldom emphasize how the American-South Korean exercises simulate the invasion of North Korea and are seen as a threat to the northern kingdom. Kim Jong Un may be a rhetoric-spewing dictator who rules his country with an iron-fist, but there is no reason to think that he is not a rational player in global politics. He would not strike South Korea first and risk the eradication of the Kim Dynasty. Therefore, if President Trump does strike first, he is making a gross mistake and will have blood on his hands.

Hopefully Korean War II will be averted, but given the increased tensions between the United States and its enemies, it seems like a very real prospect. Also, the war will likely involve conscription much like the first war did, and we can look forward to the involuntary servitude (supposedly abolished by the Thirteenth Amendment) associated with such a practice.

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Published on April 05, 2017 13:19 Tags: i-b-north-korea-b-i
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