Bashing North Korea Ahead of Summit Talks

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Bashing North Korea Ahead of Summit Talks

by Stephen Lendman

Dark forces in Washington want US hostility toward North Korea continued. They want toughness maintained, major concessions demanded from Kim Jong-un in return for empty promises – stiffer sanctions imposed if US demands aren’t met.

Days earlier, Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer said Congress can pass sanctions on North Korea and/or legislation preventing Trump from waiving ones in place.

Peace and stability are anathema to Washington’s imperial agenda. Hostility toward sovereign independent governments serve its interests. So do endless wars and destabilizing activities.

Invented enemies are used to justify US militarism and belligerence. Bipartisan warmakers and war-profiteers want Washington’s imperial agenda continued unchanged.

Two days before Kim Jong-un/Trump summit talks in Singapore, neocon/CIA house organ Washington Post deputy editorial page editor Jackson Diehl headlined “If Trump ignores North Korea’s monstrous crimes, they’ll come back to haunt him,” outrageously saying:

“North Korea is on par with Nazi Germany. Trump must confront its crimes.” He quoted hardline UN commission of inquiry on human rights in North Korea Michael Kirby deplorably saying:

“The gravity, scale, duration and nature of the unspeakable atrocities committed in the country reveal a totalitarian state that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world.”

Diehl disgracefully claimed North Korea was “founded on, and sustained by, crimes against its population so massive and monstrous that they almost defy description” – a bald-faced lie.

Throughout its history, the DPRK never attacked another country, what Washington, NATO, Israel and their imperial allies do repeatedly. Their deplorable human rights record domestically and abroad goes unmentioned.

North Korea expert Bruce Cummings earlier said “Americans once carpet-bombed North Korea,” devastating the country, massacring millions of its people, causing a “living nightmare” – seared into the consciousness of its leadership. 

“It’s time to remember that past…Trump is surrounded by people who echo his fantasies of ultimate power,” Cummings added.

Media scoundrels in America and elsewhere misportray North Korea as a pariah state, Kim Jong-un as “crazy.”

A South Korean professor told Cummings he believes Kim is “ten times more rational than Trump.” A “collective group of elders” work with Kim. DPRK policies are “eminently rational.”

Western media do little or no investigative reporting on what’s really going on in North Korea – falsely “portraying the country as a bunch of goose-stepping automatons,” Cummings explained.

Important changes are happening internally, including modern high-rise construction, “markets all over the place” in a non-market economy, “coming close to (resembling) China and Vietnam, which is heavy state involvement with state-owned enterprises, but more and more room for market activities.”

North Korea is moving in the right direction, Cummings stressed. Kim “loosened up a lot in terms of daily life.” His wife, Ri Sol-ju is “a modern woman.”

DPRK officials are mindful of their disturbing history with America, concerned about another conflict. From September 1945 – August 1948, US military occupation of the Korean peninsula ran things.

The historical record is crucial to understanding North Korea’s mindset and policies, what US administrations haven’t considered in imposing toughness on the country.

In 2016, the UN Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea included a laundry list of alleged human rights abuses.

Washington, Britain and their allies co-sponsored the so-called inquiry. China, Russia, Cuba and other countries denounced it.

America is far and away the world’s leading human rights abuser – more flagrant over a longer duration than any other nation ever, dating from the 18th century, its global agenda worst of all now. 

It’s well-documented record speaks for itself. Its NATO and other allies share guilt, its demonization of sovereign independent nations notorious and unacceptable.

Its double standard hypocrisy needs no elaboration. North Korea has been a manufactured US enemy since the late 1940s, others as well to justify Washington’s unjustifiable imperial agenda, color revolutions and endless wars its most prominent feature.

Had Washington respected DPRK sovereign independence throughout its history, it would likely be as economically prosperous as the South, a world community member in good standing, a non-nuclear power.

Trump’s summit with Kim and what follows may disappoint like earlier denuclearization negotiations. 

Past history suggests Washington turning a page for improved bilateral relations is more fantasy than realistic.

The same goes for US dealings with all other sovereign independent countries bipartisan hardliners seek control over.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.