North Korea: A Bastard State By Timothy V. Gatto

By Timothy V. Gatto
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Nov. 28, 2010

Everyone that reads my articles knows that I abhor war in all its forms. Then again, anyone that has kept up with me knows that I have a particular dislike for the nation of North Korea. In my articles I have stressed over and over that it’s not Iran, Afghanistan or Iraq that the U.S. should be worried about, it’s North Korea. This situation that we find ourselves in that part of Asia is our entire fault. We could have helped South Korea become a viable threat to North Korea instead of turning it into a “proxy State” that not only does the bidding of the U.S., but relies on the U.S. Military. We should have made them self-sufficient.

This is all water under the bridge. What we are facing now is a military dictatorship that holds power through its military and its military posture. What most Americans don’t realize is that Seoul, a city of 10.3 million people, is in direct range of thousands of artillery pieces that are lodged in the mountains of North Korea. When I was in South Korea, we used to look through our telescopes and watch them roll out the howitzers on rails.

There are about 100,000 American servicemen and their families in the vicinity of Seoul. If a war was to erupt this week, they would be incinerated if the North Koreans used incendiary shells in their artillery. This isn’t conjecture, its fact. I spent almost five years in the country, used to speak the language, and have studied everything that has come out regarding the two countries. There isn’t much that I don’t know about the Korean peninsula.

The older people in Korea remember the war. The younger people don’t, so, of course, since the shelling of the island of Yeonpyeong is a call to arms for them. What a shame that they don’t realize what they are getting themselves into.

The leader of North Korea regards the war games of South Korea and the United States as an act of war. Our government should take this threat most seriously. The Joint Chiefs of Staff should already have every launcher capable of firing a nuclear missile targeted. Not only that, we should have every aircraft capable of carrying bunker buster bombs on standby to launch an attack on the artillery pieces overlooking Seoul, If we don’t have these resources in place than shame on us. It’s easy to launch a war against a nation that can’t fight back, but this time I can promise that North Korea is not such a nation.

Sometimes a preemptive war is justified. In the case of North Korea, I can’t think of anything that would more justify a “premptive war’. They are not going to listen to reason. Reason is not their strong suit. If Obama wants to be a war President, let him ponder the options of dealing with North Korea. These war games that are scheduled for tomorrow will be considered an act of war by the ruling junta. If it’s war they desire, let’s make sure we are the ones that strike first. I don’t wish to see 10.3 million people perish because of principle. With North Korea, principle is not a word in their dictionary. I’ve been there and I’ve seen it. I know how the cards will play out.

Contact Tim at: Read Tim’s Complicity to Contempt and Kimchee Days or Stoned Cold Warriors from Oliver Arts and Open Press.


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14 thoughts on “North Korea: A Bastard State By Timothy V. Gatto

  1. I realize that the US is over-hyping the situation, but the fact remains that the government of N. Korea is psychologically insane. The casualties from a North Korean first strike would measure in the Millions. I speak Korean, Cook Korean and my children are half Korean. I spent a lot of time over there. This isn’t Iran or Iraq. This is a dangerous junta that would rather grow its military than feed its people.

    If anyone has read my articles than you would understand that I don’t believe in war. However, sometimes we must be alert to real dangers (not manufactured government dangers) and take stock in what the situation really means over there, I wrote this article not to call for war, but to make Americans aware of what is at stake here. The US should tread softly because North Korea is run by insane people. That’s how I see it.

    • Yes, but:

      The US is run by insane people, & like N. Korea, is populated by an utterly insane, subservient, starfucked populace of blind-believing toothless braindead miscreants.

      But that’s still no reason for the USA to have anything to do with it.

      Until we bomb our own insane ordinance aimed forever at peace on earth, and stop distributing same to anyone with the cash, & stop meddling in democratically elected governments for the sake of our prosperity, we are not fit to bomb anyone else for any reason.

      The greatest source of violence on this earth is my own government.

    • Tim , let us just look at the grand chessboard for a minute . let us try and put aside beliefs and feelings matter how strong . what you suggest would be a bad move . why ?
      becuase Nixon was the best player on the board and understood george f. kennan’s concept of ”spheres of influence”. this concept applys to any country that seeks to step into the middle of a region sourounded by someone elses influence. that is why Korea ia like Iraq. that is why Kennan said that containment should only be against the Soviets in Greece –Turkey area of the Dardennelles. when it went to Korea in the 50’s there was real trouble and it has not stopped.
      in Iraq we are in the middle of the Islamo/influence .

      the solution is clear in my mind at least –the Chinese will deal with them , becuase they are in their sphere of influence , and what a sphere it is !!!!!! everyone one of those countrys orbits around the mainland . if north Korea steps over a certain line China will stop them becuase it is in their best interest.

    • War is a Racket
      by Smedley Butler

      “War is just a racket. A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of people. Only a small inside group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few at the expense of the masses.

      I believe in adequate defense at the coastline and nothing else. If a nation comes over here to fight, then we’ll fight. The trouble with America is that when the dollar only earns 6 percent over here, then it gets restless and goes overseas to get 100 percent. Then the flag follows the dollar and the soldiers follow the flag.

      I wouldn’t go to war again as I have done to protect some lousy investment of the bankers. There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights. War for any other reason is simply a racket.

      There isn’t a trick in the racketeering bag that the military gang is blind to. It has its “finger men” to point out enemies, its “muscle men” to destroy enemies, its “brain men” to plan war preparations, and a “Big Boss” Super-Nationalistic-Capitalism.

      It may seem odd for me, a military man to adopt such a comparison. Truthfulness compels me to. I spent thirty- three years and four months in active military service as a member of this country’s most agile military force, the Marine Corps. I served in all commissioned ranks from Second Lieutenant to Major-General. And during that period, I spent most of my time being a high class muscle- man for Big Business, for Wall Street and for the Bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.

      I suspected I was just part of a racket at the time. Now I am sure of it. Like all the members of the military profession, I never had a thought of my own until I left the service. My mental faculties remained in suspended animation while I obeyed the orders of higher-ups. This is typical with everyone in the military service.

      I helped make Mexico, especially Tampico, safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefits of Wall Street. The record of racketeering is long. I helped purify Nicaragua for the international banking house of Brown Brothers in 1909-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for American sugar interests in 1916. In China I helped to see to it that Standard Oil went its way unmolested.

      During those years, I had, as the boys in the back room would say, a swell racket. Looking back on it, I feel that I could have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”

      There are only two things we should fight for. One is the defense of our homes and the other is the Bill of Rights.
      Smedley Butler

    • Rocket,
      I always respect your opinion, even if you disagree with me. I wrote the article to draw attention to the devastating first strike capabilities of the DPRK, The start of hostilities would be something that has never been witnessed by anyone, living or dead. Maybe I went too far with the idea of a “pre-emptive” strike on them. I also am very aware of the lies told by our government about the ship sinking (which I wrote an article questioning the specifics that the US and the ROK made.

      The trouble with looking through a prism in which our government is the lying party (and it usually is), is that they lose a;; credibility. I believe that this is the case now. It’s a sad state of affairs when you try to convey a message that North Korea could wipe Seoul off the map with covenional artillery. The fate of millions of people hang in the balance.

      That was the intent of the article. If I were Obama or anyone in power, I would take our troops and d[endents out of the ROK. I would try to pressure China to reel in these insane rulers of the DPRK. This is not Iran, Koreas IS a beliigerent nation that responds to any humanitarian aid to their people as a sign of weaknesss. We have yet to have any meaningful dialogue with them. Maybe I could have “couched” my words better. I wrote the article knowing full well that most people would ridicule me as a war-monger, but I need to write the truth as I see it. To do otherwise would be didhonest and I’d just be playing politics.

      Sorry I ruffeled anyone’s feathers by writing what I believe is the truth.

      • no , thats cool tim . i hear where you are coming from , and feathers need to be ruffled if one feels strong about something .
        i heard form a freind of mine that Obama put the first strike of nukes back on the table in general for any country . this has not been done since Ike .
        i believe that before the 2012 election he will use them on Iran .
        as far as putting pressure on China , i am all for that as just a matter of course in what they have done to Tibet , and what thery are doing in the Congo , and how they are growing in regards to unfare trade and their military navy build up that as robert kaplan says , will be in full bloom by 2020 .
        i know that you know that we in the west sya ”the Oreint ” it is such a blanket statment , when each country in the orient cant even get along with each other. dittos for the Occident .
        so , i have every faith that China will do what is in its best interest and cut North Korea off at the knees if it comes down to it . i think that the reason why they have not is becuase they dont want to deal with floods of refuges from that area . it would be too much of a burden to them .

  2. If Mr. Gatto is so “pro” war, I suggest he enlist in the US or South Korean army SASPO. Talk about hate mongering! Amazing, actually sad, how the US always finds one pretext or another to leave any country in a pile of rubble. I wonder if the US has the intestinal fortitude to attack China – because this is what it seems to shaping into. As I always say…wherever the US goes, shit is sure to follow. It hasn’t failed.

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  4. The problem with N korea is the Kims, not the people. War kills people (daft as they seem to be, but N. Korea certainly didn’t invent Daft people, just look at the Tea Party!)

    The question for the USA is ONLY whether N. Korea is a threat to her borders. If no, then the Geneva Convention prohibits military action of any kind.

    Asia is all growed up by now, bristling with nukes all without our help.

    Best thing for those illegally & illegitimately enlisted US personnel in Seoul is to leave.

    Best thing for the USA is to mind its own bizness.

    Best thing for Asia is to realize the greatness of the peninsula, for example the origin of all things Japanese hold dear is Korean.

    Asia must heal the horror US meddling gratuitously caused and deal with the matter themselves.

    Gatto, you got it wrong.

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  6. I am reading you but I remain unconvinced to give up pacifist leanings based on what you wrote? I mean, I hear that you perceive a threat, but you haven’t fully shared what, why, and how that threat remains legitimate enough to cause a war?

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