Western Media Set Up North Korea For War
By Finian Cunningham
March 12, 2013 "Information
- Western so-called news media coverage of the
escalating tensions on the Korean Peninsula is like watching
a cross between a bad James Bond movie and a cheap horror
flick about flesh-eating zombies.
be funny if the danger of war was not so serious and imminent.
The disturbing direction of the Western media coverage is to set
up North Korea - a poor impoverished country - for an all-out
military attack by the world’s nuclear superpower psychopath -
Paradoxically, this danger is being incited by “news”
corporations that pompously claim to be free-thinking bastions
of independent journalism, when in reality they are nothing more
than progenitors of the worst kind of pulp fiction.
Kim Jong-un, the young leader of North Korea who took over from
his late father in 2011, is being cast as an insane villain
whose Western media persona resembles that of a putative Doctor
Evil. His projected character is fit for a role in an early 007
Days ago, Kim was reported as threatening “preemptive nuclear
war” against South Korea and its patron the United States. How
Scarcely mentioned were the facts that Kim was forced into
this position of making a staunch defense of his country,
under immense pressure of relentless imperialist aggression.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has been slapped
with yet more US-led sanctions aimed at ostracizing the
country from any international contact.
equivalent of solitary confinement of a prisoner, subjected to
sensory deprivation. But this is torture of an entire nation
with no reprieve.
Yes, North Korea conducted an underground nuclear weapons test
This was after the US tightened the thumb-screws with yet more
sanctions; and after years of Washington refusing to reciprocate
with a negotiated settlement to end more than six decades of
crippling trade embargoes in addition to the ever-present threat
of nuclear annihilation against North Korea following the
1950-53 war with its American-backed Southern neighbor.
No other country has been threatened with nuclear Armageddon as
often as North Korea - and always by the US - for more than 60
Western media have now highlighted the North Korean leader
ordering his massed troops to prepare for “wiping out” a South
Korean island by turning a craggy maritime outpost into “a sea
Do you see the innuendo here? Wiping out an island? Well, Kim
must be an insane megalomaniac, right?
The island in question is the disputed territory of Baengnyeong,
which is actually located off the North Korean mainland, but
which the US forced into South Korea’s possession following the
1950-53 war. It has been used since, provocatively, as a staging
post for American surveillance and forward planning for attack
against North Korea.
doubt the island will be used this week during the US
perennial war planning maneuvers that simulate the invasion
of North Korea, but which Washington euphemistically calls
the caricature of arch-villain, photographs and footage have
abounded in Western media showing Kim Jong-un clad in black long
overcoat and black gloves, peering through binoculars apparently
towards South Korean and American forces across the
Demilitarized Zone of the 38th parallel.
Just in case the Western public fail to pick up on the demonic
Dr Evil caricature, there is another sub-plot being instilled -
the North Korean flesh-eating zombies.
In recent weeks, there has been a rash of stories regurgitated
by the same
Western media of outbreaks
among the allegedly starving people of North Korea. These
stories of cannibalistic gore and nihilism have not just been
printed by the voyeuristic tabloid gutter press. They have also
been published prominently by supposed quality outlets, such as
Britain’s Sunday Times and
as well as one of America’s paper of record,
The Washington Post.
Significantly, these macabre stories began circulating in
Western media outlets at the end of January - some two weeks
before North Korea conducted its underground nuclear explosion.
That suggests that the flesh-eating horror claims in North Korea
are the work of a Western intel psychological campaign aimed at
adding pejorative technicolor to the present crisis.
It makes for difficult reading. Not because of the alleged
gruesome details, but because these stories are so obviously
concocted and regurgitated in reflex manner by supposed news
organizations. The horror claims all come from one source:
allegedly an undercover team of journalists from an outfit
called the Asia Press, based in Japan, who were allegedly
spirited secretly into North Korea and allegedly interviewed
various anonymous farmers and Communist party officials.
It’s so bad you could not make it up.
Yet the Western media presses have gone into overdrive to pump
out these unconfirmed and unverifiable accounts of purported
bloodcurdling cannibalism among the North Korean population.
In one version published by Britain’s Daily Mail, the
headline runs, “North Korean parents 'eating their own children'
after being driven mad by hunger in famine-hit pariah state.”
Daily Mail readers are told of how starving adults are
kidnapping and murdering children. One man was allegedly
executed by firing squad after his wife found out that he had
killed their young daughter and son “while she was away on
business;” when she returned to the starving family homestead
her husband greeted her with the welcome news that “they had
meat” to eat.
In another ghoulish tale, printed as serious news, an elderly
man is reported to have dug up the graves of his grandchildren
and eaten their rotten flesh.
The truly disturbing thing about these reports is that not only
are they sordid sensationalism passed off as credible reports by
supposedly serious news organizations, but worse is that this
propaganda is apparently believed by droves of the Western
public who read or watch such media. Check out some of the
readers’ comments below the stories printed in the above
mentioned media and you will find all sorts of denunciations of
North Korea and its “sick people.”
it’s not the people of North Korea who are depraved: it’s
the Western media and their gullible subscribers who indulge
in this odious character assassination of an entire nation.
Western media coverage of North Korea recalls stories of babies
being ripped from hospital incubators by Iraqi soldiers in
Kuwait, which was a crucial tipping point for Western public
opinion to support the American-led war on Iraq in 1991. More
than a decade later, the same Western media ran scare stories of
weapons of mass destruction that paved the way of the American
genocide in Iraq from 2003-2012.
The same Western propaganda press repeats endless claims about
“sinister Iranian nuclear ambitions” that serve to justify a
criminal American-led trade embargo on Iran that may result in a
US/Israeli military attack on the Islamic Republic.
The same Western propaganda press is now doing the same hatchet
job on North Korea. A nation of flesh-eating zombies led by an
evil personality cult who wants to blow up islands? “Yeah, go on
Chuck, nuke those mothers!”
The Western public are being played like fools to go along with
the most depraved behaviour of military barbarism - a nuclear
superpower itching to destroy an impoverished nation that
Truly, Western imperialist reality is more perverse and sick
than the Western fiction.