North Korea As Pretext: U.S. Builds Asian Military Alliance Against China And Russia by Rick Rozoff

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December 4, 2010

On December 1 the U.S. and its South Korean military ally completed four days of naval maneuvers in the Yellow Sea where China claims a 200-mile exclusive economic zone.

The U.S. dispatched the 97,000-ton USS George Washington nuclear-powered aircraft supercarrier for the exercise, accompanied by a carrier strike group consisting of a guided missile cruiser and three guided missile destroyers. The American deployment included 6,000 sailors and 75 aircraft. South Korea supplied destroyers, corvettes, frigates, support ships, anti-submarine aircraft and an undisclosed amount of military personnel.

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Noam Chomsky on the Economy, US Midterm Elections, Climate Change, and Haiti Part 2

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Nov. 30, 2010

Noam Chomsky is a Professor Emeritus at MIT, where he taught for over half a century. He is author of dozens of books. His most recent is “Hopes and Prospects.”

Watch Part 1: Noam Chomsky: WikiLeaks Cables Reveal “Profound Hatred for Democracy on the Part of Our Political Leadership (Part 1)

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KNOW THE FACTS: North Korea lost 30% of its population as a result of US bombings in the 1950s by Michel Chossudovsky

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by Michel Chossudovsky
Global Research, November 27, 2010

The World is at a dangerous crossroads.

The US is seeking a pretext to wage war on North Korea.

North Korea is said to constitute a threat to Global Security.

From the Truman Doctrine to Obama. The history of the 1950s Korean confirms that extensive war crimes were committed against the Korean people. As confirmed by the statement of General Curtis Lemay:

“Over a period of three years or so we killed off – what – twenty percent of the population.”

North Korea lost thirty percent of its population as a result of US led bombings in the 1950s. US military sources confirm that 20 percent of North Korea’s  population was killed off over a three period of intensive bombings:

“After destroying North Korea’s 78 cities and thousands of her villages, and killing countless numbers of her civilians, [General] LeMay remarked, “Over a period of three years or so we killed off – what – twenty percent of the population.”1 It is now believed that the population north of the imposed 38th Parallel lost nearly a third its population of 8 – 9 million people during the 37-month long “hot” war, 1950 – 1953, perhaps an unprecedented percentage of mortality suffered by one nation due to the belligerence of another.”

During The Second World War the United Kingdom lost 0.94% of its population, France lost 1.35%, China lost 1.89% and the US lost 0.32%. During the Korean war, North Korea lost 30 % of its population.

These figures of civilian deaths in North Korea should also be compared to those compiled for Iraq  by the Lancet Study (John Hopkins School of Public Health). The Lancet study estimates a total of 655,000 Iraqi civilian deaths, following the US led invasion (March 2003- June 2006).

We call upon the people of  the US, Canada and NATO countries to put pressure on their governments.

A war on North Korea would engulf the entire region.

PEACE IS PATRIOTIC.

SAY NO TO A WAR ON KOREA

SAY NO TO MILITARY ESCALATION

Michel Chossudovsky,  Global Research, 27 November 2010

NOTE
1. Curtis Lemay quoted in Richard Rhodes, “The General and World War III,” The New Yorker, June 19, 1995, p. 53.
2. See Brian Willson, Korea and the Axis of Evil, Global Research, October 2006
3. The population of North Korea was of the order of 8-9 million in 1950 prior the Korean war.
US sources acknowledge 1.55 million civilian deaths in North Korea, 215,000 combat deaths. MIA/POW 120,000, 300,000 combat troops wounded. (Wikipedia)
South Korean military sources estimate the number of civilian deaths/wounded/missing at 2.5 million, of which some 990,900 are in South Korea.
Another estimate places Korea War total deaths, civilian plus combat at 3.5 million.

Compilation by estimates:

 

  • North Korea:
    • NoKo Military
      • 130,000 KIA (Pentagon: ¼ “KWM”)
      • 294,151 (Nahm93)
      • 214,899 KIA + 101,680 MIA (Wallechinsky; Clodfelter, citing [“highly suspect”] Defense Dept. est.) [=316,579]
      • 316,579 (COWP)
      • 350,000 (Rummel)
      • 520,000 (Small & Singer, FAS)
      • [MEDIAN: 316,579]
    • NoKo Civilian
      • 406,000 killed + 680,000 missing (Nahm93)
      • Up to 1,000,000 (Wallechinsky; Clodfelter)
      • 1,185,000 (Rummel)
      • [MEDIAN: 1,000,000]
    • NoKo Military + Civilian
      • 500,000 (Britannica)
      • 700,000 (Dictionary of 20C World History)
      • 926,000 (Compton’s)
      • 1,316,579 (Wallechinsky; Clodfelter)
      • 1,380,151 (Nahm93)
      • 1,535,000 (Rummel)
      • [MEDIAN: 1,316,579]

 

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Michel Chossudovsky: The US rather than North Korea is a Threat to Global Security – Russia Today, May 28, 2010

North Korea has announced it will sever all ties and communication with the South in retaliation for what it calls a smear campaign over the sinking of a South Korean warship in March.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has arrived in Seoul for talks on the escalating row.

An international investigation has found that Pyongyang fired the torpedo which sank the warship, killing 46 sailors.

South Korea has called on the UN Security Council to impose new sanctions on its neighbor.

Pyongyang has also threatened military action against the South, claiming Seoul’s navy trespassed into the disputed waters of the Yellow Sea.

An international investigation found that Pyongyang fired the torpedo which sank the warship, killing 46 sailors.

Michel Chossudovsky, the head of the Center for Research on Globalization, an independent Canadian think tank, argues that North Korea is more prey than a predator.

“North Korea is portrayed in the international media as a threat to global security, but there is absolutely no evidence to that effect. On the other hand, North Korea is the only country in the world that has lost up to a quarter of its population in recent history [during the Korean War, when the North Korean population was wiped out by US bombings],” Chossudovsky told RT.

© Copyright Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 2010

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U.S. looking for a fight by Bruce Gagnon

North Korea: A Bastard State By Timothy V. Gatto

The Sinking of the Cheonan, too Weird to Make Up By Timothy V. Gatto

“There was no Explosion. There was No Torpedo.”

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Tarpley: US using Korea to make money

U.S. looking for a fight by Bruce Gagnon

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Nov. 28, 2010

The Advent vigils (four weeks in a row) began today at Bath Iron Works (BIW) here in Maine. BIW is the place where Navy Aegis destroyers are built that are presently being used as part of the U.S.-South Korea (ROK) war games which are bumping up against the coastline of North Korea. I noticed that the USS Cowpens is a part of this U.S. naval battle group that is being led toward North Korea by the aircraft carrier named the USS George Washington.

I know about the USS Cowpens because it was the ship that fired the first shot (cruise missiles) in the 2003 U.S. shock and awe attack on Iraq. I know this because the woman who was driving the USS Cowpens at that historic moment has become a friend of our family and was at our home for Thanksgiving just two days ago.

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North Korea: A Bastard State By Timothy V. Gatto

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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.

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Rick Rozoff: Global Domination of Resources

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November 9, 2010

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Stories My Old Man Told Me by Daniel N. White

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November 8, 2010

The old man was career military, Air Force, pilot, for 24 or so of the prime years of his life.  He went in the Army Air Forces during Deuce with the burning hard-on to be a fighter pilot, and instead spent the war years stateside as an aerial gunnery instructor for B-17 and B-24 bombers.  His dad might have had something to do with that assignment–he was career Army, made Colonel before the war, and having served through the earlier chapter of German-Inspired Festivities had a better idea of what war was about than his gung-ho teenage sons did, and might have pulled strings to get his sons in a safer assignment than they might have otherwise.  No way of telling now–that’s one of those things that career military do but don’t ever talk about, on either side.

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Asia: Pentagon Revives And Expands Cold War Military Blocs by Rick Rozoff

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Sept. 14, 2010

The year before the Korean War began the United States established the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Western and Southern Europe to contain and confront the Soviet Union and its Eastern European allies. NATO opened the door for the Pentagon to maintain, expand and upgrade, and gain access to new, military bases in Europe from Britain to Turkey, Italy to Norway, West Germany to Greece.

During the Korean War and after its end in 1953 (with Greece and Turkey having been absorbed into NATO), the U.S. replicated the NATO model to varying degrees throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

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U.S. Global Strategy: Defeating Potential Challengers In Eurasia by Rick Rozoff

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Aug. 19, 2010

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“Eurasia is…the chessboard on which the struggle for global primacy continues to be played.”

In its annual report to Congress on the Chinese military this week, the U.S. Department of Defense “voiced alarm over China’s military buildup,” with particular emphasis on what was described as the nation “investing heavily in ballistic and cruise missile capabilities that could one day pose a challenge to U.S. dominance in the western Pacific.” [1]

The report, originally to have been presented on March 1, bears the title of Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2010 [2]

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U.S.-China Crisis: Beyond Words To Confrontation, Part II by Rick Rozoff

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Aug. 18, 2010

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On August 16 the U.S. and its South Korean military ally began this year’s Ulchi Freedom Guardian military exercises in South Korea. The ten-day warfighting drills involve 56,000 troops from the host country and 30,000 from the U.S. Last year’s version of the annual war games featured the same amount of South Korean soldiers but only a third as many American troops, 10,000. The commander in charge of the American forces, General Walter Sharp, described the current exercise as “one of the largest joint staff directed theater exercises in the world.” In all over 500,000 South Korean military and government participants are involved. [1]

Ulchi Freedom Guardian 2010 is the latest and largest in a series of almost uninterrupted war games and naval maneuvers conducted over the past five weeks in the region: The Korean Peninsula, the seas on either side of it, and the South China Sea.

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U.S. Expands Asian NATO To Contain And Confront China by Rick Rozoff

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Aug. 7, 2010

The U.S. ended the four-day Invincible Spirit joint military exercise with South Korea on July 28, which consisted of 20 warships and submarines, 200 aircraft and 8,000 troops “in the sea, shore and the skies” [1] of South Korea and in the Sea of Japan near the coasts of North Korea and Russia.

On the same day the Taiwan News ran a feature entitled “China reports: the US means to set up another NATO in Asia,” which cited Chinese news media, scholars and analysts warning that “The US is establishing another ‘NATO’ in Asia to contain China as evidenced in the ongoing high-profile naval exercise with South Korea and a perceived intrusion in South China Sea affairs. [T]hese moves including explicit intervention in Asian affairs underline the US’s schemes to challenge China over its growing presence in this area….”

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Preparing for World War III, Targeting Iran – Part I: Global Warfare by Michel Chossudovsky

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by Michel Chossudovsky
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August 1, 2010

Humanity is at a dangerous crossroads. War preparations to attack Iran are in “an advanced state of readiness”. Hi tech weapons systems including nuclear warheads are fully deployed.

This military adventure has been on the Pentagon’s drawing board since the mid-1990s. First Iraq, then Iran according to a declassified 1995 US Central Command document.

Escalation is part of the military agenda. While Iran, is the next target together with Syria and Lebanon, this strategic military deployment also threatens North Korea, China and Russia.

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The Sinking of the Cheonan, too Weird to Make Up By Timothy V. Gatto

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July 25 2010

I was completely astounded this evening when I came about an article that questioned the “scientific inquiry” into the sinking of the Cheonan, the South Korean corvette allegedly sunk by the North Korean navy. The validity of the investigation was questioned by two American investigators from John Hopkins University and the University of Virginia. Researchers J.J. Suh and Seung-Hun Lee cast doubts over the investigation conducted by the South Korean Joint Investigation Group (JIG). According to Suh and Lee:
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U.S. Risks Military Clash With China In Yellow Sea by Rick Rozoff

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July 16, 2010

Delayed until after the United States achieved a United Nations Security Council statement on July 9 condemning the sinking of a South Korean warship in March, Washington’s plans for naval maneuvers in the Yellow Sea near Chinese territorial waters are forging ahead.

The joint exercises with South Korea, as news sources from the latter nation have recently disclosed, will be conducted on both sides of the Korean Peninsula, not only in the Yellow Sea as previously planned but also in the Sea of Japan. (Referred to in the Korean press as the West and East Seas, respectively.) Confirmation that the U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington will participate has further exacerbated concerns in Northeast Asia and raised alarms over American intentions not only vis-a-vis North Korea but China as well.

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Pentagon Provokes New Crisis With China by Rick Rozoff

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July 10, 2010

News features appearing within two days of each other highlight tensions between the United States and the People’s Republic of China that, at least in relation to the language used to describe them, would have seemed unimaginable even a few months ago and are evocative more of the Korean War era than of any time since the entente cordiale initiated by the Richard Nixon-Mao Zedong meeting in Beijing in 1972.

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