US threat of war forces North Korea into siege state mentality

Sunday, April 23, 2017
By Paul Martin
23 Apr, 2017

In recent days, the Trump administration has been issuing threats against North Korea, the nuclear-armed pariah state, escalating tensions and creating a potentially catastrophic situation in East Asia.
Ridiculously, many people in the West are worried about the situation not because of Donald Trump’s insane militarism, but that of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Such thinking is irrational and ahistorical, and is rooted largely in mass-media deception and good old-fashioned ‘Yellow Peril’ racism.

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) has invaded and bombed not a single country. The United States of America, on the other hand, has invaded and bombed dozens of countries – including Syria, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yugoslavia, Grenada, Nicaragua, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and, yes, Korea.

The war waged by the US and its allies against North Korea (1950-53) was nothing short of genocidal. All major cities were destroyed. At least 20 percent of the population was killed. Only through extraordinary heroism and creative genius – along with the selfless support of China and the USSR – did the country survive. Since then, the North Korean people have lived every single day under the threat of nuclear annihilation.

As Bruce Cumings, the leading Western academic expert on the DPRK, puts it:

“North Korea is the only country in the world to have been systematically blackmailed by US nuclear weapons going back to the 1950s, when hundreds of nukes were installed in South Korea… Why on earth would Pyongyang not seek a nuclear deterrent? But this crucial background doesn’t enter mainstream American discourse. History doesn’t matter, until it does – when it rears up and smacks you in the face.”

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