User Preferences

  • Language - en | ga
  • text size >>
  • make this your indymedia front page make this your indymedia front page

Blog Feeds

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Is this why the charity sector is not regulated?

offsite link Console: Just the latest in long line of charity scandals Anthony

offsite link Irish Examiner compares water protesters with Provisional IRA Anthony

offsite link RTE: A mouthpiece for a corrupt regime? Anthony

offsite link Newstalk responds to complaint Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Stupid Butt-Hurt Millennials Thu Jun 30, 2016 00:03 | The Saker

offsite link Elites Openly Calling To Rise Up Against ?Ignorant Masses? Wed Jun 29, 2016 23:37 | The Saker

offsite link A UK Divided, a European Union Contested Wed Jun 29, 2016 22:47 | The Saker
https://southfront.org/a-uk-divided-a...

offsite link International Military Review ? Syria, June 29, 2016 Wed Jun 29, 2016 22:46 | The Saker
https://southfront.org/international-...

offsite link Nigel Farage in EuroParl on Brexit, MEPs not laughing now! Wed Jun 29, 2016 04:18 | The Saker

The Saker >>

Human Rights in Ireland
www.humanrights.ie

offsite link The UN and the Eighth Amendment Thu Jun 23, 2016 09:46 | admin

offsite link Call for Papers: State Accountability for Vulnerability Mon Jun 20, 2016 12:29 | admin

offsite link UK at the CESCR: A Focus on Benefit Sanctions Thu Jun 16, 2016 08:17 | admin

offsite link Irish Journal for European Law: CALL FOR PAPERS 2016 Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:48 | Aoife O'Donoghue

offsite link Amanda Jane Mellet v. Ireland ? The Key Points Thu Jun 09, 2016 18:54 | Máiréad Enright

Human Rights in Ireland >>

Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link An Phoblacht July Issue 18:03 Wed Jun 29, 2016 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link A straw in the wind? 15:00 Wed Jun 29, 2016 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Unparliamentary language? 12:25 Wed Jun 29, 2016 | guestposter

offsite link Fianna Fáil?s rise from the ashes? 10:00 Wed Jun 29, 2016 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link We?ve never been so popular? 09:00 Wed Jun 29, 2016 | WorldbyStorm

Cedar Lounge >>

North Korea stand-off: Obama raises the stakes

category international | anti-war / imperialism | other press author Friday April 05, 2013 13:55author by Turing Test - Donner Party Report this post to the editors

Eddie Ford doesn't like Kim or the bizarre North Korean regime but he looks behind the headlines to examine how the US is stirring things up. Full story at url.

Over the last week there has been a considerable escalation of tensions between North and South Korea. To some degree, of course, this is ‘business as usual’ rhetoric, eg, Pyongyang on March 31 declared that it was in a “state of war” with Seoul (actually that has been the case since the 1953 armistice). But there is more going on than heightened rhetoric - though so far, thankfully, not a single missile has been fired.

Now, I am no admirer of the North Korean regime. It is a brutal and very odd Stalinist dictatorship, which quite literally deifies its leaders - whether the current tyrant, the Great Successor, Kim Jong-un, or his grandfather and Great Leader, Kim Il-sung, the “eternal president” who died in 1994 and presumably still guides the nation, albeit in his new, other-worldly form. To think that such a repressive system could be a workers’ state of any kind, deformed or otherwise, is a grotesque abnegation of genuine socialist politics.

Kim Jung-un: rising to provocation
Kim Jung-un: rising to provocation

But, having said that, there seems little doubt that the current crisis is predominantly the result of United States provocation. Just because Pyongyang says something it does not automatically mean that it is crazy. The facts surely speak for themselves. Since the beginning of March, the US has been engaged in joint military exercises with South Korea scheduled to last two months. This has involved nuclear-capable B-52 bombers buzzing around the Korean peninsular - not to mention long-range B-2 stealth bombers and F-22 stealth fighters, out to prove (if proof was needed) that US imperialism is capable of conducting “long-range, precision strikes quickly and at will”, dropping dummy munitions on a South Korean-claimed island very close to North Korean territory. If that were not enough, the USS John McCain, an Aegis-class destroyer capable of intercepting missiles, has been positioned off the Korean peninsula and a second destroyer - the USS Decatur - has been sent to the region. It is an open secret that these exercises simulate an invasion and occupation of North Korea.

Related Link: http://www.cpgb.org.uk/home/weekly-worker/956/north-kor...takes
© 2001-2016 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy