Held Hostage by American Military Madness
April 15/16, 2017 "Information
Whether a nuclear war breaks out within the next
few days or not – the despicable fact remains,
that the entire world is being held hostage by
American military madness.
only a matter of time before the US finally
triggers a war with any number of foreign states
that it designates as "enemies" – North Korea,
Syria, Iran, Russia or China.
other state whom Washington deems to be a
"threat" in its paranoid hegemonic view of the
world. The common denominator here is US
what makes US military power so dangerous is
that the people who run that country are, to be
blunt, so stupid – full of their own delusion
self-righteousness and ignorance.
outlet NBC is reporting that the Trump
administration is ready to launch pre-emptive
military strikes on the Democratic People's
Republic of Korea. Meanwhile, North Korea says
that it is prepared to pre-empt any US strikes
with a nuclear attack on America or its allies
in response to what Pyongyang says is
weekend marks a major anniversary for North
Korea, the 105th birth date of its founder Kim
Il Sung. His grandson, Kim Jong Un, the current
leader, may be tempted to carry out a sixth
underground nuclear weapon test to "celebrate"
the occasion, in violation of UN Security
Council resolutions. Let's keep in mind,
however, that such action by North Korea is only
a "test" – not an act of war.
what is undeniable is that the amassing
of nuclear forces – an "armada" as US President
Donald Trump calls it – off the Korean Peninsula
by Washington is bound to be seen as an
aggression by the North Korean leadership. It is
arguable that the US is the one that is carrying
out an act of war by sailing its forces
towards North Korea.
Trump's administration's launching of 59 cruise
missiles on Syria last week, in what was a
flagrant violation of international law, was no
doubt a calculated signal from Washington that
it is willing to use massive military force
whenever and wherever it deems, regardless
in the past few days, the dropping by the US
of the biggest non-nuclear bomb – the MOAB or
so-called Mother of all Bombs – in Afghanistan
is another calculated step towards obliterating
any legal restraint on Washington, as well
as again sending a signal to North Korea and
others that it is prepared to act unilaterally
major powers in the Pacific region – including
Russia and China – are calling for a negotiated
solution to the tinderbox tensions over the
Korean Peninsula. But the only power that is
refusing to open dialogue is Washington. US
secretary of state Rex Tillerson in Moscow this
week said there would be no talks to resolve the
Korean crisis for the foreseeable future. Why
not? Who is the US to dictate that?
said he will solve the "North Korea problem"
alone and with military force. Such a mentality
begs the question: who is the rogue state here?
even more perplexing than US military force and
its arsenal of 4,700 actionable nukes (Russia
has 4,500, according to the Arms Control
Association) is the foolishness of the American
report cited above says that the White House is
ready to order strikes on Pyongyang "should
officials become convinced that North Korea is
about to follow through with a nuclear weapons
test." That's hardly a proportionate response
to a "test."
Nevertheless, the truly disturbing phrase here
is "should US officials become convinced." Given
Trump's trigger-happy disregard
for international law and the abject standard
of US intelligence, a preemptive US strike
on North Korea is therefore highly probable.
recent aggression in Syria is testament to the
unstable, reckless nature of politicians and
military chiefs in Washington.
reports show that Trump made up his mind
to attack Syria with Tomahawk missiles based
on his watching of Fox News footage of the
alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria
on April 4. In addition, the US president
reportedly made his decision to launch those
strikes at the urging of his daughter Ivanka's
emotional reaction to seeing children dying
in the alleged chemical incident.
good reason to believe that the Syrian chemical
weapons incident was a false flag perpetrated
by Western-backed terrorist jihadists. Yet based
on the most superficial allegations that the
Syrian government carried out the chemical
weapons attack, the Trump administration went
ahead with a murderous assault on that country.
volatile ego is added into the explosive mix.
For weeks now he has been asserting to "take
care of the North Korea problem." The assembling
of US nuclear strike forces off the Korean
Peninsula, in conjunction with faulty US
intelligence and a fatuous, egotistical
Commander-in-Chief surrounded by gung-ho
advisors, are driving the logic for war.
other side, the North Korean leadership has
taken note of Trump's latest aggression
in Syria. It is warning that it might take
preemptive action. Seoul, the capital
of America’s South Korean ally, is well
within the range of North Korea's firepower.
With a population of over 20 million, an attack
on Seoul would be catastrophic. Once the
missiles start flying, the world will likely
to be plunged into a global war, dragging
in China and Russia in a nuclear confrontation
with the US.
dire prognosis is not inevitable. Dialogue and a
negotiated political settlement to the Korean
crisis is entirely possible. The two Koreas,
Japan, China, Russia and the United States could
solve the recurring problem if all sides
committed to a peaceful resolution
of decades-old military tensions. But the burden
of responsibility lies with the US to commit
to such talks. It refuses to do so, insisting
instead on a military showdown.
makes the problem so precarious is Washington's
bull-headed, arrogant stupidity. Trump is just
the latest manifestation of Washington's hubris,
with a recklessness that goes beyond previous
readiness to use unilateral military aggression
– as seen in Syria last week – and in his
outrageous deployment this week of weapons
of mass destruction in Afghanistan are alarming.
than this, what is even more alarming is the
delusional nature of US "intelligence" and
American political "leadership." If the US can
launch cruise missiles on Syria based on highly
suspect claims over chemical weapons, plus a
president who is so gullible and suggestible,
then the world is truly being pushed to an
more dangerous than American nuclear weapons is
the incorrigible unscrupulousness of American
rulers. These are the same kind of people whose
self-righteousness and criminal disregard
for humanity led them to launch atomic weapons
on Japan 72 years ago. A monstrous act
of genocide which they still justify as "being
an abomination that the world is being held
hostage by American military madness. And has
been for more than seven decades ever since the
Second World War. The question is: can this
American madness be defused safely, and brought
to a peaceful end?
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By Paul Craig
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