Demonizing North Korea


For more than 60 years, the US Government has been demonizing North Korea with a steady stream of propaganda — which is understandable, given the humiliating defeat of US forces in the Korean War. Today, with tensions rising in the region yet again, here’s a small selection of articles and references which offer an alternative point of view, and may give pause for thought . . .

HISTORY:

● The US War Against Korea:

November 25, 2010 ― “Here is a useful description of  the United State’s genocidal war against the Korean people. This article is reprinted from ‘The Worker’ newspaper of the Workers Party, U.S.A.”

◦ http://revolutionaryfrontlines.wordpress.com/2010/11/25/the-uss-genocidal-war-against-the-korean-people-1945-1953/

● ‘What is Behind the US-North Korea Conflict?’ ~ Jack A. Smith | Truth Theory

April 05, 2013 ― “Since the end of the Korean War 60 years ago, the government of North Korea has repeatedly put forward virtually the same four proposals to the United States. They are …”

◦ http://truththeory.com/2013/04/05/the-dangers-of-war-what-is-behind-the-us-north-korea-conflict/

● ‘Myths about Korean militarism’ ~ Socialist Worker

March 25, 2013 ― “David Whitehouse explains the backdrop to the ratcheting up of conflict in the Korean peninsula – and the role the U.S. government is playing.”

◦ http://socialistworker.org/2013/03/25/myths-about-korean-militarism

COMMENTARY:

● ‘Pentagon’s false propaganda conceals truth about crisis’ ~ Brian Becker | Answer Coalition

March 29, 2013 ― “The American war propaganda machine does a thorough job in misleading the public about the high-stakes struggle the Pentagon is waging against North Korea …”

◦ http://www.answercoalition.org/national/news/the-war-danger-in-korea.html

● ‘Lurching Towards War: A Post-Mortem on Strategic Patience’ ~Christine Hong | Foreign Policy Focus

February 15, 2013 ― “The commonplace U.S. media framing of North Korea as the region’s foremost security threat obscures the disingenuous nature of U.S. President Barack Obama’s policy in the region, specifically the identity between what his advisers dub “strategic patience,” on the one hand, and his forward-deployed military posture and alliance with regional hawks on the other. Examining Obama’s aggressive North Korea policy and its consequences is crucial to understanding why demonstrations of military might are the only avenues of communication North Korea appears to have with the United States at this juncture.”

◦ http://www.fpif.org/articles/lurching_towards_war_a_post-mortem_on_strategic_patience

● ‘The “State of War” Declaration Is a Faulty Translation’ ~ Scott Creighton | Global Research

April 04, 2013 ― “As much as our leaders would like them to have taken the bait, North Korea has not declared war on the South or the U.S. in response to our unprecedented provocations.”

◦ http://www.globalresearch.ca/dprks-state-of-war-declaration-is-a-faulty-translation-not-an-official-policy-statement-from-kim-jung-un/5329687

● ‘US wants to take South Korea into new Korean war’ ~ Dan Glazebrook |Russia Today

April 05, 2013 ― “The US is trying to embroil South Korea in conflict with its Northern neighbor in a bid to oust its current government without taking heavy US casualties, political writer and journalist Dan Glazebrook told Russia Today. The Oxford-based expert believes that only stopping US military provocations will bring stability to the region.”

◦ http://rt.com/op-edge/us-wants-new-korean-war-402/

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