Posts Tagged ‘North Korea’

The ‘Forgotten War’ has been over for the last fifty years, so why is there need for U.S. involvement?  By being on the Korean peninsula and trying to be the intermidiary, the United States has contributed to an already fragile situation.  Maybe the greatest thing that can be contributed to U.S. foreign policy is that on the day that we turn away from out interventionist foreign policy, we will find that the world can take care of itself.

SIFY News

Seoul, Dec 23 (DPA) South Korea held large-scale ground and air live-fire drills Thursday close to the border with North Korea, which sharpened its tone and threatened a ‘sacred war’ with nuclear weapons.

The manoeuvres at a firing range in Pocheon, around 30 km from the inter-Korean border, involved more than 100 types of weapons, officials were quoted as saying by the South’s Yonhap News Agency.

Artillery, anti-aircraft guns, attack helicopters and fighter jets took part, the report said. Around 800 troops were involved, and the firing lasted about two hours, a military spokesman said.

Thursday also saw the second day of a three-day firing exercise by the navy in the Sea of Japan to the east of the peninsula, about 100 km south of the maritime border with North Korea.

Kim Young Chun, minister of the North Korean People’s Armed Forces, accused South Korea of preparing for war with the Sea of Japan exercises, according to the North’s official Korean Central News Agency.

‘The revolutionary armed forces of the DPRK are getting fully prepared to launch a sacred war of Korean-style justice based on the nuclear deterrent at any time necessary to cope with the enemies’ actions, which are deliberately pushing the situation to the brink of a war,’ Kim was quoted as saying, referring to his country by the acronym of its official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Seoul has been toughening its stance against its neighbour after domestic criticism over what was perceived as a weak response to the shelling of a South Korean island by the North Nov 23, which left two soldiers and two civilians dead.

South Korean President Lee Myung Bak said Thursday that a tough response to North Korean attacks was necessary to maintain peace on the Korean Peninsula.

‘I thought patience would bring peace to this land, but it was not so,’ Lee said on a visit to troops in Yanggu and a post about one kilometre from North Korea.

The president said he then came to realise that only a strong reaction to North Korean attacks would deter it from further belligerent acts and stave off war.

The US, a major ally of South Korea, had urged the North not to respond to Thursday’s drills.

‘I think exercises that have been announced well in advance, that are transparent, that are defensive in nature should in no way engender a response from the North Koreans,’ White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said late Wednesday.

He added that Washington was ‘obviously supportive of the Republic of Korea,’ using the formal name for South Korea.

South Korea has held a series of live-fire exercises since the artillery bombardment of Yeonpyeong island. This week also saw live-fire exercises off the country’s west coast.

North Korea does not recognise the maritime border, drawn up by the UN, the US and South Korea after the 1950-53 conflict with the North ended in a ceasefire, not a peace treaty, leaving the two Koreas technically still at war.

The South Korean military, meanwhile, lowered its level of readiness along the border by one notch from the top level, a Joint Chiefs of Staff official was quoted as saying Thursday by Yonhap.

The forces had been on highest alert for live-fire drills Monday at Yeonpyeong and for the illumination of a large Christmas tree near the North Korean border, which Pyongyang has denounced as psychological warfare.

“Those who forget the past are doomed to relive it,” or so they say.  It’s a never ending circle of deciet and despair.  As I’ve said before, the interventionist foreign policy of us arming nation against nation in the thought that the world cannot get along without us is the most corrupt form of coercion.  Read the following article and you will see that the very nation “that we are afraid of” is the very nation that the United States helped build.

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Despite the fact that South Korea admits it fired the first shots that prompted the North to retaliate, the vast majority of the establishment press are feverishly blaming North Korea for a new escalation in the crisis, while failing completely to acknowledge the fact that the whole fiasco was generated as a direct result of Uncle Sam’s policy through two separate administrations to ensure hereditary dictator Kim Jong-Il and his successors acquired the atom bomb.

As we have exhaustively documented, North Korea’s nuclear belligerency was almost exclusively a creation of the U.S. government in that they armed the Stalinist state both directly and indirectly through global arms dealers under their control, namely Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan. While labeling North Korea as part of the “axis of evil,” the U.S. government was enthusiastically funding its nuclear weapons program at every stage.

Both the Clinton and Bush administrations played a key role in helping Kim Jong-Il develop North Korea’s nuclear prowess from the mid 1990’s onwards.

Just as with Saddam Hussein’s chemical and biological weapons program, it was Donald Rumsfeld who played a key role in arming Kim-Jong-Il.

Rumsfeld was man who presided over a $200 million dollar contract to deliver equipment and services to build two light water reactor stations in North Korea in January 2000 when he was an executive director of ABB (Asea Brown Boveri). Wolfram Eberhardt, a spokesman for ABB confirmed that Rumsfeld was at nearly all the board meetings during his involvement with the company.

Rumsfeld was merely picking up the baton from the Clinton administration, who in 1994 agreed to replace North Korea’s domestically built nuclear reactors with light water nuclear reactors. So-called government-funded ‘experts’ claimed that light water reactors couldn’t be used to make bombs. Not so according to Henry Sokolski, head of the Non-proliferation Policy Education Center in Washington, who stated, “LWRs could be used to produce dozens of bombs’ worth of weapons-grade plutonium in both North Korea and Iran. This is true of all LWRs — a depressing fact U.S. policymakers have managed to block out.”

“These reactors are like all reactors, they have the potential to make weapons. So you might end up supplying the worst nuclear violator with the means to acquire the very weapons we’re trying to prevent it acquiring,” said Sokolski.

The U.S. State Department claimed that the light water reactors could not be used to produce bomb grade material and yet in 2002 urged Russia to end its nuclear co-operation with Iran for the reason that it didn’t want Iran armed with weapons of mass destruction. At the time, Russia was building light water reactors in Iran.  According to the State Department, light water reactors in Iran can produce nuclear material but somehow the same rule doesn’t apply in North Korea.

In April 2002, the Bush administration announced that it would release $95 million of American taxpayer’s dollars to begin construction of the ‘harmless’ light water reactors in North Korea. Bush argued that arming the megalomaniac dictator Kim Jong-Il with the potential to produce a hundred nukes a year was, “vital to the national security interests of the United States.” Bush released even more money in January 2003, as was reported by Bloomberg News.

Bush released the funds despite the startling revelation, reported by South Korean newspapers, that a North Korean missile warhead had been found in Alaska.

Construction of the reactors was eventually suspended, but North Korea had an alternative source through which they could obtain the nuclear secrets vital to building an atom bomb arsenal – CIA asset and international arms smuggler AQ Khan.

In 2004, Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan’s atom bomb program, admitted sharing nuclear technology via a worldwide smuggling network that included facilities in Malaysia that manufactured key parts for centrifuges.

Khan’s collaborator B.S.A. Tahir ran a front company out of Dubai that shipped centrifuge components to North Korea.

Despite Dutch authorities being deeply suspicious of Khan’s activities as far back as 1975, the CIA prevented them from arresting him on two occasions.

“The man was followed for almost ten years and obviously he was a serious problem. But again I was told that the secret services could handle it more effectively,” former Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers said. “The Hague did not have the final say in the matter. Washington did.”

Lubbers stated that Khan was allowed to slip in and out of the Netherlands with the blessing of the CIA, eventually allowing him to become the “primary salesman of an extensive international network for the proliferation of nuclear technology and know-how,” according to George W. Bush himself, and sell nuclear secrets that allowed North Korea to build nuclear bombs.

“Lubbers suspects that Washington allowed Khan’s activities because Pakistan was a key ally in the fight against the Soviets,” reports CFP. “At the time, the US government funded and armed mujahideen such as Osama bin Laden. They were trained by Pakistani intelligence to fight Soviet troops in Afghanistan. Anwar Iqbal, Washington correspondent for the Pakistani newspaper Dawn, told ISN Security Watch that Lubbers’ assertions may be correct. “This was part of a long-term foolish strategy. The US knew Pakistan was developing nuclear weapons but couldn’t care less because it was not going to be used against them. It was a deterrent against India and possibly the Soviets.”

In September 2005 it emerged that the Amsterdam court which sentenced Khan to four years imprisonment in 1983 had lost the legal files pertaining to the case. The court’s vice-president, Judge Anita Leeser, accused the CIA of stealing the files. “Something is not right, we just don’t lose things like that,” she told Dutch news show NOVA. “I find it bewildering that people lose files with a political goal, especially if it is on request of the CIA. It is unheard of.”

In 2005, Pakistani President Pervez Musharaf acknowledged that Khan had provided centrifuges and their designs to North Korea.

Through their policies in aiding North Korea to build light water reactors, and via the CIA asset AQ Khan who was protected at every step of the way while he helped provide North Korea with the means to build a nuclear arsenal, the U.S. government itself is directly complicit in providing North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il with the nuclear weapons he now threatens to use against U.S. ally South Korea.

North Korea is controlled by a hereditary Stalinist dictatorship that has starved two million of its citizens to death in favor of building a million-man army. Some people put the figure at four million, one-quarter of the population. In the far north of the country there is a network of forced labor gulags where people who have ‘expressed a bland political opinion’ are, along with their entire families, tortured, raped and executed. Horrific bio-chemical experiments are performed on mass numbers of people. Babies are delivered and then stamped to death by the camp guards. If the mother screams while the guards are stamping on the baby’s neck, she is immediately assassinated by a firing squad. These guards are rewarded with bonuses and promotions for ripping out prisoners’ eyeballs.

The North Korean people are enslaved by a government that is using food as a weapon. Perhaps this is why the EU and the United States, via the UN World Food Program, resumed the shipment of hundreds of thousands of tons in food aid at the end of February 2003. This goes directly to the sitting dictatorship, which then decides who gets it by their level of allegiance to the state. Food aid only increases the power of Kim Jong-Il and yet it is veiled by the UN in bleeding heart humanitarian rhetoric. The money goes straight to enabling the North Korean leadership to live in the lap of westernized luxury with casinos and lavish new cars.

President Bush publicly claimed to loathe Kim Jong-Il and yet his administration, like Bill Clinton before him, set the policy to help North Korea obtain nuclear expertise. The U.S. intelligence network also protected AQ Khan and allowed him to provide the means with which North Korea acquired their nuclear capability.

If the tensions between the Koreas were to escalate into all out war, don’t expect the castrated American corporate media to mention how Kim Jong-Il and his successors grew to be such a threat in the first place – with the aid of nuclear weapons enthusiastically supplied by the U.S. government and its surrogates.

Isn’t North Korea supposed to be our enemies?  Isn’t Fox News railing against the proposed Mosque near ground zero?  Then why is Fox News through the parent company News Corp. compromising their own “fair and balanced” slogan?  If Hannity, O’Reilly, Beck, and all the rest were such great “patriots” and “great Americans”, they would resign.

Oh yeah, I forgot, they make too much money.

According to Bloomberg News, two mobile-phone video games developed by programmers from North Korea’s General Federation of Science and Technology are raising cash for the impoverished dictatorship – thanks to a division of News Corp which publishes games for mobile phones.

News Corp is not just doing business with and helping to make money for a country that is part of Fox News’ axis of evil, it may be compromising the interests of the United States. Bloomberg reports:

Better trained programmers may also bolster the regime’s cyberwarfare capabilities, said Kim Heung Kwang, who taught computer science at universities in the north for 19 years before defecting to South Korea in 2004. South Korea’s presidential office said July 28 the nation had received intelligence that North Korea may plan an Internet-based attack. Won Sei Hoon, director of South Korea’s National Intelligence Service, told lawmakers last October that North Korea’s postal ministry was responsible for cyber attacks in July 2009 on dozens of websites in South Korea and the U.S.

…Any sort of transaction that gives cash to the North Korean government works against U.S. policy,” said James Lewis, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington-based policy group. “The coding skills people would acquire in outsourcing activities could easily strengthen cyberwar cyber-espionage capabilities. Mobile devices are the new frontier of hacking.”

North Korea’s information technology push began in the 1980s as the government sought to bolster the faltering economy, said defector Kim. That drive also led to the creation of a cyber-military unit in the late 1990s, he said. He runs North Korea Intellectuals Solidarity, a group composed of defectors who have graduated from North Korean universities.

Things aren’t quite the way they all seem, are they?  I think back to the movie Shooter, where Mark Wahlberg’s character meets the old guy back in the sticks.  During the conversation the old guy says, “once you think you’ve got it figured out, you’re wrong.”  Then he taps his head with his finger.

Other articles of interest: Will Brian Kilmeade Continue to Accept Funds from” adical Mandrassa Funder”, When Will Sean Hannity Return His Salary to Saudi Arabian News Corp. Shareholder?

I was surfing through You Tube last night and came across a video of Pat Buchanan giving Glenn Beck a little lesson in foreign policy.

Beck – as he says in the clip – is a libertarian, but he mentions Ron Paul and says the guy is wrong on so many issues. Now for a guy like Beck to spout words of the fathers and the Constitution, wouldn’t it cross peoples minds that he should be against our interventionist foreign policy?

Buchanan mentioned having troops on the border between the Koreas, and asked why? The war has been over for fifty years, South Korea can take care of themselves, why do we need 30,000 troops massed on their border? Sure the North’s ruler is a little out there, but when one looks at our own history, one has to ask the question, what in the hell were we thinking?

Hussein? Obama? Noriega? Musharif? Iran-Contra? These are men and entities we made alliances with in the name of peace? How much more of deficits, how much more of our financial soveriegnty is going to be sold into the hands of the Federal Reserve, other banks and communist China?

How many children are we willing to make fatherless and motherless all in the name of peace? All in the name of propping up governments that don’t exist. Karzai is a figurehead. Iraq still can’t get their shit together. Why else would Biden go over there?

Saddam Hussein didn’t have the military to terrorize a mouse. Would North Korea have any incentive to attack the United states if we WERE NOT OVER THERE?

How many soldiers lives, innocent civilians lives will be lost before this foreign policy is exposed for what it is? A lie. As far back as 1997 the neocons were planning their invasion of the Middle East, and in selecting George W. Bush, they had the fall guy.

How much more of international crisis, wars lead by the United States, joint military excercises done in the face of their enemies will occur before the American people awaken to the sad reality that our foreign policy is just fun and games?

“To sin by silence when one should protest makes cowards out of men.”
President Abraham Lincoln

Last week I posted an article claiming that the sinking of the South Korean ship was a “false-flag”.  While this conspiracy theory is not widely substatiated, the history of the military industrial complex’s insatiable thirst for war is.  The current cost of Iraq as of February of this year is $704 billion and climbing.  After invasion and the WMDs could not be found, Congress should have taken unilateral action to force President Bush to withdraw troops.  But thanks to the government courtesy of the mainstream media (Fox News) the debate of WMDs was alienated.

The last time I looked Afghanistan costs the American taxpayer over $6 billion a month.  Afghanistan is at a stalemate with no end in sight.  A lot of hope is being put in the hands of Patraeus but one thing that people do not realize about him is that he did not win Iraq, he just made it managable.  Iraq’s new government cannot even come together cohesively.

To me, 9/11 is so similar to the Kennedy assassination in that shortly after the event Osama bin Laden was named as the man responsible.  However, contrary to popular belief, the FBI has no hard evidence connecting bin Laden to the attacks.  Since then he has been rumored to be in Pakistan, dead or wounded.  By not sending reinforcements, Defense Secretary Rumsfeld let Osama bin Laden go.  As early as 2006 the CIA disbanded its bin Laden squad.

War is the biggest business in America, and one can only speculate as to the motives of our foreign policy.  More and more people are confounded.  If we cannot handle the insurgencies in the Middle East, how can we handle one of the largest militaries in the world?  The North says that the sinking claims are “fabricated”.  The United States has moved aritillery into the DMZ.

One can only ask:  Whats going on here?

The US is “prepared” to engage in a ‘conventional’ war with North Korea but it requires time to adjust to the new front, says the military.

Gen. George Casey appearing at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Thursday said the US was ready to enter an old-fashioned war with North Korea if necessary.

However, he said, “It would probably take us a little bit longer to shift gears” away from the type of counterinsurgency fighting that now occupies the Army. Casey was referring the US two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“We’d move forces as rapidly as we could get them prepared,” Casey insisted.

The US army’s chief of staff refrained from suggesting how long it would take to redeploy the army in the new front on the Korean peninsula, but said that the US army was “combat seasoned” and could move quickly.

“The mechanical skills of artillery gunnery and tank gunnery come back very, very quickly,” he said. “The harder part is the integration – that really brigade level and above of massing fires and effects in a very constricted period of time as opposed to what you do in a counterinsurgency over a much longer extended period of time.”

North Korea violated international treaties by conducting a nuclear test and test-firing nuclear-capable missiles, despite international warnings and UN Security Council resolutions.

While thousand of US soldiers stationed in South Korean bases are on high alert, the US defense secretary, Robert Gates, maintains that North Korea’s actions have not reached a crisis level that would warrant additional US troops in the region.

“What we do have, though, are two new developments that are very provocative, that are aggressive, accompanied by very aggressive rhetoric,” Gates said. “And I think it brings home the reality of the challenge that North Korea poses to the region and to the international community.”

Have you ever seen the movie Body of Lies?  You know the movie.  Leo DiCaprio tries to play a tough guy CIA operative in the Middle East and Russell Crowe plays his bloated controller inside Langley.  It’s not one of my favorite movies, but it does hit on a specific nature of the CIA – false-flags.

In case you’ve seen it, I am going to remind you…and in case you haven’t…well, I am going to ruin it for you.  In the movie Leo and Russell are trying to figure out how to reach the main objective to their operation.  Their conclusion – a false-flag operation.  They take some already dead soldiers bodies, put them in a barracks that is empty and blow it up.  The blame is inevitably put on some terrorist organization.  Wikipedia describes a false-flag operation as follows:

False flag operations are covert operations which are designed to deceive the public in such a way that the operations appear as though they are being carried out by other entities. The name is derived from the military concept of flying false colors; that is, flying the flag of a country other than one’s own. False flag operations are not limited to war and counter-insurgency operations, and have been used in peace-time; for example during Italy‘s strategy of tension.

So, could the sinking of a S. Korean ship be the usage of a false-flag?  Given the closeness of the American CIA and the S. Korean government; coupled with the deception and always secret and most of the time illegal acts of the CIA, one could consider the possibility.  This sounds all too reminiscent of the Gulf of Tonkin incident, which was used a pretext to war with N. Vietnam.

Consider for a moment that the United States has helped N. Korea with their nuclear program.  Honestly, I cannot think of a single good reason why North Korea would have in attacking the South.  Suffice it to say, the United States, as we have done, will stick their noses in.  We won’t let them resolve their problems on their own, we give the North money, and as Ron Paul stated, if something doesn’t go “according to plan” we threaten them.

So I would find it completely credible for the CIA to use this opportunity to use a false-flag operation as a pretext to escalation, or as the CFR and the warmongers in Washington want – war.

In a publication titled “The Empire and War”, former President Fidel Castro claims that President Obama will order attacks on Iran and North Korea to win a second term.  Certianly Obama’s chances of getting reelected are becoming less certian, but don’t count him out.  Castro asks:

“Could Obama enjoy the emotions of a second presidential election without having the Pentagon or the State of Israel, whose conduct does not in the least obey the decisions of the United States, use nuclear weapons against Iran?” Castro asked. “How would life on our planet be after that?”

This is kind of a redundant question coming from a man who helped push the world to the brink of nuclear war in 1962, and possibly a new world order.  But, nevertheless, it is a good question.  If the United States would go nuclear on Iran chaos would follow coupled with the worst kind of blowback that the United States and Israel has ever faced.  Let us not forget that it was the cool head of President Kennedy prevailing that kept the world’s two major powers from going nuclear.

To read the article, click here.

The CIA’s attempted to assassinate Castro with Operation Mongoose, the Bay of Pigs invasion, and tried to shift blame for terrorist attacks in the United States with Operation Northwoods.  Oliver Stone in his movie JFK explored the CIA’s connection to Cuban exiles, Clay Shaw, and New Orleans in connection with the assassination with President Kennedy.  Fidel’s sister Juanita Castro in her memoirs reveals how she was a CIA operative in Cuba during the 1960’s.