Crisis in Korea: the Roots of Conflict
by Richard Greeman
CONTENTS: 1. Who’s Provoking Whom? 2. Give Peace A Chance – 3. New U.S. Provocations – 4. A New Korean War? – 5. A Home-made Nuclear Umbrella – 6. Possible Consequences of Miscalculation – 7. Does Washington have a Strategy? – 8. The China Factor – 9. Back to Gunboat Diplomacy – 10. The Hidden History of the Korean War – 11. Truman’s U.N. Figleaf – 12. An Unfinished Asian Revolution – 13. The Brutal U.S. Occupation – 14. The North Korean Communists Consolidate – 15. The Party Degenerates – 16. The Smoldering Korean Civil War Bursts into Flame – 17. The U.S. Rearms – 18. The Chinese Enter the Fray – 19. U.S. Defeat – 20. The ‘Korea Syndrome’ – 21. The Truman Doctrine Revived – 22. Realpolitik or Imperial Madness? – 23. The March of Folly – 24. Possible Sane Solutions – 25. Building International Solidarity
1. Who’s Provoking Whom?
North Korea is a tinderbox, and the Obama Administration — like the Bush Administration whose bellicose policies it inherited – has been playing with matches. Why are the U.S. and its allies acting hysterical about the Iranians — whose nuclear programs might at some future time lead to nuclear weapons — while recklessly provoking the North Koreans, whose stock of tested nuclear weapons are presumably operational now?
The Korean powder-keg is the kind of situation that calls for delicate diplomacy, yet in response to November’s North-South artillery duel, the U.S. chose to send the atomic-powered aircraft carrier George Washington to join the provocative U.S./South Korean war-games in contested waters just off the coast of North Korea. The Administration and the media chose to focus on the fatal shelling of Yeonpyeong Island in order to portray the N. Koreans as terrorists. Yet placed in the context of the U.S. imperialism’s far more aggressive and provocative behaviors, N. Korea’s brutal ‘signals’ may best understood as defensive. Look at the facts from the N. Korean point of view.
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