The 1,088-word article above is by a self-proclaimed “longtime student of Korean affairs.” It critiques three op-ed pieces in the New York Times about North Korea. All three Times articles enthusiastically weigh various possible responses to North Korea’s nuclear-tipped missiles (sanctions, all-out military strikes, etc.).
The Counterpunch article faults all three Times pieces for not considering diplomacy as a means to deal with North Korea’s nuclear-tipped missiles.
And I fault the Counterpunch article for not questioning media claims that North Korea has nuclear-tipped missiles in the first place.
How do we know? Where is the proof? Where are the photos or videos? Without these, the article above is a waste of time.
Most of our debates and “analyses” proceed from fundamental programming that is decided by our masters. That is, most of our debates proceed from lies. Hence most of our “analyses” are useless chatter; not only about North Korea, but about many other topics. We think we consider topics with an “open mind,” when in fact we have been pre-programmed before we even get started. This pre-programming becomes “common sense” for us. (“Of course North Korea has nukes and missiles!”) Any questioning of our programming is a “conspiracy theory.”
To overcome such programming, we only need ask simple questions. Example…
QUESTION: How do we respond to North Korea’s nuclear-tipped missiles?
ANSWER: How do we know that North Korea has nuclear-tipped missiles?
You don’t believe the media nonsense about Syria’s Assad “gassing his own people.” So why do you believe the media lies about North Korea? You believe the lies because you want to believe them. Compared to decades of war in the Middle East, North Korea is new, fresh, and exciting.
“Damn right they got nukes and missiles! Bomb them!”
Here’s another example from Counterpunch today…
“Pyongyang has never shown signs of wavering in the face of such threats and, on the contrary, it has even dared to develop a reduced arsenal of nuclear weapons for self-defense …”
Really? How do you know they have nukes? Do you think you will score points by first conceding that yes, North Korea has nukes, but the “arsenal” of nukes is “reduced”? What was this alleged “arsenal” “reduced” from?
“According to Whitney, the only reason Kim Jong Un hasn’t joined Saddam and Gadhafi in the great hereafter, is because the DPRK has the capacity to reduce Seoul, Okinawa and Tokyo into smoldering debris-fields.”
Really? How do you know?
“Absent Kim’s WMDs, Pyongyang would have faced a preemptive attack long ago and Kim would have faced a fate similar to Gadhafi’s. Nuclear weapons are the only known antidote to US adventurism.”
Nonsense. The only known antidote to US adventurism is to fully (and I mean fully) join the neoliberal Empire. This means not only crushing your people with debt, and assisting the Empire in its wars, but also praising Israeli atrocities, plus the Empire’s atrocities. You must go all the way. If you only go part way, you will be bombed. For example, if you impose neoliberal “reforms” on your people, but you fail to also worship Israeli evil, then you will be destroyed by the Empire, which regards halfway submissions as a “threat.”
“In the early 1950s, during the Korean War, the US dropped more bombs on North Korea than it had dropped in the entire Pacific theater during World War II. This carpet bombing, which included 32,000 tons of napalm, often deliberately targeted civilian as well as military targets. Whole cities were destroyed, with many thousands of innocent civilians killed and many more left homeless and hungry. The United States killed over 2 million people in a country that posed no threat to US national security.”
So what? In the popular mind, all your arguments, no matter how logical and factual, are drowned out by the pre-programming (“nukes” + “North Korea”). And after the Empire destroys a nation, it does not matter that there were never any nukes (or “WMDs”) in the first place.
According to Whitney, “relations with the North can be normalized, economic ties can be strengthened, trust can be restored, and the nuclear threat can be defused. The situation with the North can be fixed. It just takes a change in policy, a bit of give-and-take, and leaders that genuinely want peace more than war.
It also takes people that question media lies.