North Korea's Justifiable Anger
Obama Want More War?
The corporate media reduces the DPRK (North Korea) to the Kim
family and prefaces their names with the terms âmadman", "evil" and "brutal".
Such vilifications of foreign leaders are used here not only to signify they are
target for US overthrow. They are meant to intimidate and isolate anti-war
activists as being out in left field for ever wanting to oppose a war against
countries ruled by "madmen" be they Saddam, Fidel, Hugo Chavez, Ahmadineejad,
Yet to a sensible person, it is crazy that the US, with nuclear
weapons thousands of miles from home, in South Korea, denies North Korea has a
right to have its own nuclear weapons on its own land particularly when the
Northh says it is developing nuclear weapons only as a deterrent because the US
won't take its own weapons out of the Korean peninsula.
Missing in what
passes for discourse on the DPRK in the corporate media is that the US was
conducting month-long war maneuvers last March in Korea, now extended into
April, using stealth bombers, undetectable by radar, capable of carrying nuclear
weapons. And this year these are not "deterrent" war maneuvers, but "pre-emptive
Would the US government and people get a little
"irrational" if a foreign country that previously had killed millions of our
people, sent nuclear capable stealth bombers off the coasts of New York City,
Washington DC, Houston, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, there to fly around
for a month in preparation for a possible nuclear attack on us? For what is
called, in warped US language, war âgamesâ?
The US may have killed
20% of the population of Korea, said General Curtis Lemay, who was involved in
the US air war on Korea. If so, that is a higher rate of genocidal slaughter
than what the Nazis inflicted on Poland or the Soviet Union. The Korean War may
be unknown ancient history to us, but it is no more ancient history to Koreans
than the Nakba is to Palestinians.
North Korea knows that history, and it
is warning the US they know what to expect and are arming themselves to prevent
it. Are the DPRK leaders "paranoid" or taking justifiable
What kind of deranged people call war preparations a "war
game"? North Korea doesn't think it's a âgame." Over 4 million died in the
last war to reunify their country that the US divided. If men had an annual rite
called "group rape games" wouldn't we think it a criminal misogynist pathology,
and wouldn't women be justified in being outraged and arming themselves in
An accurate reading of the events leading up to the present
situation shows that North Korea is responding to US military escalation, and in
particular to US refusal to negotiate. This includes a peace treaty to end the
Korean War, any steps towards reunifying Korea, the end to the US occupation of
South Korea and ending the annual month-long US-South Korean war maneuvers. Even
today, it includes US refusal to talk in order to lower the
North Korea was hit with US/UN Security Council sanctions for a
missile launch last year. South Korea sent off a missile this year; were there
Since World War II there have been 9000 missile launches.
4 were by the DPRK. There have been 2000 atomic bomb tests. 3 were by DPRK. No
country was sanctioned by the UN Security Council for this. No country except
the DPRK. Why wouldnât the North Koreans be incensed by this double standard,
especially when the US has nuclear weapons in South Korea?
The US kill
rate in the 1950-53 Korean War equaled more than one 9-11 every day, day after
day, for the whole 1100 day war. US people had a scar from one 9-11. So what
kind of war scars do Koreans have?
Korea is divided because our country
invaded and divided it after the Japanese surrender. The leaders of the DPRK had
been fighting the Japanese since the early 1930s, and 200,000 had lost their
lives. When Korean liberation was at hand in 1945, the US intervened and blocked
The US was supposed to leave in 1948, along with the Soviet Union,
but because Kim Il Sung was likely to win planned nation-wide elections, the US
made the division permanent and blocked national elections, just as it did later
in Vietnam. This lead to the Korean War, the cause of the present
militarization: A foreign country divided and occupied their country against
We should play our part to improve the human rights situation
in Korea, not only in the North but in the South as well. Both societies are
more closed and controlled than our own. Whether being occupied by foreign
troops, threatened with war and war maneuvers, or subjected to harsh economic
sanctions, this does not facilitate free and open societies.
If we really
want more rights for the people of the DPRK then we should stop pointing a gun
at their head. If we listened to Kim Jong Un's message delivered a month ago,
ignored by President Obama, "We don't want war. Let's talk," that would only
foster a more open society there and in South Korea, just as we know it would
here in the US.
Stansfield Smith is an anti-war and Latin
America solidarity activist in Chicago who recently returned from a trip to
North Korea [Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK)], with Koryo Tours. He
can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org