Sunday, October 01, 2017
Is Donald Trump Preparing to Attack North Korea?
It seemed like a hopeful sign, a step away from the precipice of war on the Korean peninsula.
And maybe even a chance to avoid World War Three.
Rex Tillerson, the U.S. Secretary of State, announced he had opened up several diplomatic channels between the United States and North Korea.
But when Donald Trump heard about that, this is how he reacted.
By tweeting like a maniac, and undercutting his own Secretary of State.
And while this may just be Trump trying to play the role of bad cop to Tillerson's good cop, it's a dangerous game to play.
For any suggestion the Americans are more interested in bombing North Korea than negotiating with them, can only bring back memories of the way the U.S. bombed North Korea in the 1950s.
And of the war crime the North Koreans can't forget.
The story dates to the early 1950s, when the U.S. Air Force, in response to the North Korean invasion that started the Korean War, bombed and napalmed cities, towns and villages across the North. It was mostly easy pickings for the Air Force, whose B-29s faced little or no opposition on many missions.
The bombing was long, leisurely and merciless, even by the assessment of America’s own leaders. “Over a period of three years or so, we killed off — what — 20 percent of the population,” Air Force Gen. Curtis LeMay, head of the Strategic Air Command during the Korean War, told the Office of Air Force History in 1984.
Dean Rusk, a supporter of the war and later secretary of state, said the United States bombed “everything that moved in North Korea, every brick standing on top of another.” After running low on urban targets, U.S. bombers destroyed hydroelectric and irrigation dams in the later stages of the war, flooding farmland and destroying crops.
More bombs were dropped on North Korea than were dropped in the Pacific theatre during the Second World War.
Millions of men, women, and children were killed.
The memory of that merciless massacre has kept the Kim family in power ever since.
And if the unstable young dictator Kim Jong-Un feels that history is about to repeat itself, who knows what he might do...
Or for that matter what China and Russia might do if they come to the conclusion that they are dealing with a madman, and that if they don't strike first, they could be next.
Trump's tweets are criminally irresponsible, and only reinforce what I have always said.
He is unfit to be president.
And must be removed from office, by whatever means necessary, before he kills us all...