North Korea and the THAAD Missile System: Potential Gateway to Military Escalation and Global Warfare

Monday, March 13, 2017
By Paul Martin

By Caleb T. Maupin
Global Research
March 13, 2017

Imagine if over two thousand Chinese troops were stationed in Mexico.

Imagine that alongside these troops were F-16 fighter aircraft and A-10 bomber jets.

Imagine that in addition, the Mexican army had purchased a huge stockpile of Aegis Destroyers and other military hardware from China.

Imagine then, in such a context, China announced it was installing a high-tech missile defense system costing billions of dollars in Mexico, close to the U.S. border.

Under such circumstances there would be massive outcry, not just from the U.S. government, but the population at large. The American people would feel threatened, interpreting the action as an unacceptable provocation.

Those who defend the THAAD system argue that it is simply for defense; but this is not logical; it’s a non-sequitur. The THAAD system, modeled on Israel’s Iron-Dome, may be defensive, but its defensive nature assists in enabling strikes. The system shields U.S. and South Korean military forces, giving them the ability to attack North Korea, Russia, or China, and then deflect any response.

Furthermore, the system has a penetrating radar system allowing American forces to monitor not just the northern part of the Korean Peninsula, but deep into northern China.

It shouldn’t be hard for Americans to understand why China is less than thrilled that this project is underway, with the first components of the system already being unloaded. Furthermore, it shouldn’t be hard for Americans to understand why Chinese businesses might not be anxious to conduct new transactions in Korea at the moment.

The American media presents a situation as if China is being unreasonable in objecting to THAAD, and then somehow “bullying” Korean businesses with “unofficial sanctions.” This simply ignores reality.

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