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How to End the Korea Crisis

By Ron Paul | September 25, 2017

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!

September 25, 2017 - Posted by | Mainstream Media, Warmongering, Militarism | ,

3 Comments »

  1. Good on Ron Paul. Re Trump’s words and actions: “unseemly” comes to mind. The man has no shame. (But I must recognize that the man has allowed himself to be controlled, aside from but conjoined with his tweets, by those Ron Paul terms “neocons.” Paul should be honest and never fail to write some such as “…neocons, nearly all of whose diabolical ‘thinkers’ and policy drivers are Jews and Zionists with first allegiance to Israel [aka the Zionist entity so-called Israel].”)

    Comment by roberthstiver | September 25, 2017 | Reply

  2. Is there anyone in the US Government(Senators or Members) calling for ‘cool heads’ in this issue? I’m too far away to get a clear picture, but it seems that the American government are in lockstep with the President and baying for War(along with the howling witch in the UN, Nikki Haley).
    It’s a pretty clear indicator that something is terribly wrong in the USA when only one side of the story is being ‘pushed’ by the Media, and no one is calling for calm.(Ron Paul is not in government any more is he?)

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | September 25, 2017 | Reply

    • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Paul#Post-congressional_career
      On July 12, 2011, Paul announced that he would forgo seeking another term in Congress in order to focus on his presidential bid.[8] On May 14, 2012, Paul announced that he would not be competing in any other presidential primaries but that he would still compete for delegates in states where the primary elections have already been held.[9] At the 2012 Republican National Convention, Paul received 190 delegate votes. In January 2013, Paul retired from Congress but still remains active on college campuses, giving speeches promoting his libertarian vision.[10][11] Paul received one electoral vote from a Texas faithless elector in the 2016 presidential election, making him the oldest person to receive an electoral vote, as well as the second registered Libertarian Presidential candidate in history to receive an Electoral College vote after John Hospers.

      http://ronpaulinstitute.org/about-us/
      http://www.ronpaullibertyreport.com/
      https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkJ1N-7g9Q6n7KnriGit-Ig

      Comment by Wallflower | September 25, 2017 | Reply


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