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Pindo imperialism and the threat of nuclear war against NK
Peter Symonds, WSWS, Aug 11 2017

The world is poised on the brink of a war on the Korean Peninsula that could rapidly escalate into a global nuclear conflict. Pres Trump has doubled down on his inflammatory threat to engulf NK in “fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Yesterday he commented that his words were “maybe not tough enough” and warned that the Pindo response to any attack “will be an event the likes of which no one has seen.” He added that the Pindo nuclear arsenal was in “tip-top shape.” Asked whether he would carry out a preemptive strike against NK, Trump said he would not talk about military options, but did not rule it out. That a strike is under active consideration in Pindosi ruling circles was underscored by an article in the NYT entitled “If Pindostan attacks NK first, is that self-defence?” The commentary treated a unilateral, aggressive attack on NK as a legitimate option, debating whether it would meet the legal standard for a pre-emptive strike. A chilling article in the WaPo went further to examine how Faschingstein could launch a preemptive nuclear strike attack on NK. It concluded that Trump could order a nuclear first strike without securing the agreement of his advisers, and that neither the military nor Congress could overrule his order. Whether Trump is seeking to goad the highly unstable Pyongyang regime into a desperate act to which Pindostan would respond with overwhelming force, or creating the conditions to launch preemptive strikes on NK, Pindostan is preparing a monstrous crime “like the world has never seen.” Even if the war were confined to the Korean Peninsula and restricted to conventional weapons, the death and destruction would run into the millions, as it did during the Korean War of 1950–53. Sec Def ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis threatened this week that if NK failed to bow to Faschingstein’s dictates, Faschingstein would bring about “the end of the regime and the destruction of its people,” ie the annihilation of a country of 25 million people. If other nuclear powers such as China and Russia were drawn in, the global consequences would be incalculable.

Who is responsible for this crisis? The Pindosi media uniformly blames it on NK “aggression.” This is a lie, in keeping with the role of the Pindosi media as a conduit for state propaganda. The current crisis is the outcome of a policy of naked aggression pursued by Pindosi imperialism for the past quarter-century in the Middle East + North Africa + Central Asia + the Balkans (MENACAB – RB). In the wake of the 1991 dissolution of the USSR, which had acted as an impediment to Faschingstein’s global ambitions, the Pentagon drafted defence guidelines stating that the fundamental Pindo strategy must “focus on precluding the emergence of any potential future global competitor.” The doctrine of preemptive war now being invoked by Trump and his advisers to justify an attack, even a nuclear strike, on NK was first enunciated by Bush 43 as the pretext for the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Obama expanded the Bush 43 doctrine to declare any threat to Pindosi “values and interests” sufficient cause for Pindostan to militarily attack another country. This new doctrine is a gross violation of international law. Waging a war of aggression was the chief crime for which the Nazi leaders were charged and convicted at the Nuremberg trials after WW2. Taking its cue from the Trump administration, there is now a blitz in the Pindosi and international media to demonise Kim Jong-un as a madman and to grossly inflate the WMD threat posed by his regime. This follows a well-worn modus operandi that was used to try to stampede public opinion behind the Pindo-led wars against Serbia, Iraq, Libya and Syria.

Behind this barrage of propaganda, what is the fundamental character of this looming war? It is a conflict between the world’s most heavily armed imperialist power and an oppressed and impoverished country, whose social and political character is the product of relentless colonialist and imperialist oppression throughout the twentieth century. After more than forty years of brutal colonial rule by Japan, Pindostan installed a military dictatorship in Seoul and waged a near-genocidal war in the early 1950s to preserve the artificial division of the Korean Peninsula into NK + SK. Since the end of the war, NK has been subjected to a Pindo-led economic blockade, accompanied by repeated provocations and military threats. The chief target of the Trump administration’s threats of war is not NK, but China, which Pindostan regards as the principal obstacle to its regional and global dominance. The Pindo military build-up throughout the Asia Pacific did not begin with Trump, but is a continuation of the “pivot to Asia” developed by the Obama administration. In handing this geostrategic initiative over to Trump, Obama identified NK as the chief military challenge facing the new administration and advised that the NK “threat” be used as the pretext for ratcheting up the Pindosi confrontation with China. The fact that Trump’s bellicose statements come in the immediate wake of a unanimous vote in the UNSC for harsh new sanctions against Pyongyang demonstrates that Faschingstein interpreted China’s vote in support of the UNSCR as a sign of weakness and a green light to immediately escalate the confrontation. The threat of “fire and fury” against NK is an implicit warning to China, Russia and any other power that poses a challenge to Pindo hegemony. Any Pindosi attack on NK could rapidly escalate into a war with China, as already occurred in 1950. Pindo control of the strategically-placed Korean Peninsula could become the springboard for provocations and interventions into northern China, as it was for Japanese imperialism in the 1930s. China, which fought 67 years ago to prevent a Pindo takeover of NK and still maintains a mutual defense treaty with Pyongyang, is very conscious of the danger and has been militarily reinforcing its northern border.

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