Daily Archives: April 7, 2013
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
North Korean and South Korean guards face each other in the Demilitarized Zone, 2011. Photo: Michael Jesus Day/Flickr
America is on the brink of World War III, but seems to be more concerned with Beyonce and her Cuban exploits (she’s a Marxist elitistist – what do you expect?), than impending nuclear annihilation. Bread and Circuses for all! Oooh! Look, shiny…
Over the years, North Korea, since the last conflict with South Korea, has blustered and threatened on a continual basis. It has been a ploy to get money and support out of the U.S. and the U.N. and has worked time and again. This time is different. Kim Jong Il, who masterfully played the U.S. for time, money and food, is now dead. His son, Kim Jong Un now rules with an iron fist and has ratcheted up the rhetoric and threats. So much so, that I don’t see him backing down without at least attacking South Korea. He can’t afford to lose face. North Korea is capable of attacking our troops stationed over in South Korea and firing nuclear missiles at the U.S. And he has threatened just that. To openly threaten a country with a nuclear attack, in my book, is an act of war. But here we sit, listening to the crickets, biding our time and the North Koreans aren’t exactly shaking in their jackboots.
North Korea’s Army is currently the fifth largest in the world. Let that sink in. Here are the top 10 currently:
1. United States
5. North Korea
10. United Kingdom
I would argue that China has a larger force than we do, but I’ll let that slide for now. The Korean People’s Army includes five branches of service: ground force, navy, air force, special operations and strategic missile force. Its military is huge with over one million on active duty. Combined with their staggering reserve force of over eight million, it has the largest military in the world. So, when the NoKo turkeys make nuclear threats, show a little respect. They just might mean it. They truly hate America and blame her for all their ills. And although South Korea is our ally, we are widely hated there as well by many of the people we are protecting. Sounds a lot like the Middle East.
When all of this started to blow up, Hagel got on the phone with China to beg them to get North Korea to back off. What an idiot. That’s like going to Hitler to ask for the Muslims to back off. North Korea is a proxy state for China. Nothing happens there without their tacit consent. All the theater of evacuating embassies in North Korea and the Chinese refusing to go, is just that… theater. The Chinese are in control. As an added bonus, I suspect Iran is paying the NoKos to stir up crap so they can finish their nuclear development and Russia is in the mix too. Things are not as they appear. We are being set up for a worldwide conflict that will crash all economies and reset the geo-political playing field, including the U.S. You are watching it playing out right in front of your eyes — at least you’ll be watching it till the EMPs fly.
While the NoKos have moved two long range missiles to their coast and loaded them on their launchpads, we blinked this morning. The U.S. is now delaying a test of our Minuteman III Intercontinental Missile out of California to ‘ease’ tensions with North Korea. Fools. This won’t ease tensions, it will embolden North Korea, because in the end, even if they attack the South, they believe we won’t do squat. It shows the U.S. is weak and in disarray. They believe at most we’ll throw sanctions at them and wag our finger in disapproval. That’s a recipe for nuclear war and global chaos.
The NoKos are prepping a missile test or some other provocative act and soon. They have threatened to launch a nuclear war next Wednesday. Who knows? No one seems to believe the North Korean kid who cried wolf – they are staying put in their embassies and are saying things are calm, but tense. But remember, the wolf eventually showed up.
We have deployed a spy plane to Japan for surveillance. The Global Hawk will be stationed at the U.S. airbase in Misawa, northern Japan, in the first ever deployment of the aircraft in the country. We have sent nuclear capable B-2 and B-52 bombers and stealth F-22 fighters as well. In addition, the U.S. said last week that two of the Navy’s missile-defense ships were moved closer to the Korean Peninsula and a land-based missile-defense system is being deployed to the Pacific territory of Guam. But before you applaud all this, this firepower, from what I understand, is parked. More military propaganda and not a real deterrent. From Zero Hedge, more muscle is secretly being moved to the area:
First the US fanfared the placement of two F-22 Raptors in the Osan airbase of South Korea. Then it demonstratively launched a B-2 stealth bomber on a training mission over a South Korean gunnery range. Then it deployed an anti-ballistic missile defense system to Guam and positioned two guided-missile destroyers in the waters near Korea. And now, courtesy of the Aviationist, we learn that the Pentagon has escalated once more in an ongoing cat and mouse game with North Korea, of who blinks first, and dispatched several B-1 (“Bone”) Lancer strategic long-range bombers to Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. What is different this time, however, is that unlike the previous very public and widely trumpeted reciprocal escalation steps, this particular deployment has been kept secret from the public (at least the broader public), “a fact that could be the sign that the U.S. is not only making symbolic moves (as the above mentioned ones), but it is preparing for the worst scenario: an attack on North Korea.”
One would hope so, but I would not hold my breath. Although, the following is interesting:
Finally, and most disturbing, is that another aircraft also in the process of deployment is none other than the E-6 Mercury “Doomsday” plane, which are among the pinnacle in US Airforce nuclear war preparedness, tasked with “providing command and control of U.S. nuclear forces should ground-based control become inoperable” and whose core functions include conveying instructions from the National Command Authority to fleet ballistic missile submarines and also to further command post capabilities and control of land-based missiles and nuclear-armed bombers.
Obama has spent all of his time in office ignoring North Korea. Now they speak of placing anti-missile interceptors on both coasts, but it will take years to make them functional. We don’t have years. North Korea has the capability of striking the U.S. with nukes used as EMPs and as weapons of death and destruction. WND:
WASHINGTON – As the North Korean government cautions staffers at British and other Western diplomatic missions that it can’t guarantee their safety after “April 10,” the North Korean General Staff is warning the United States again that it had “better ponder over the prevailing grave situation.”
The statement threatened to unleash “cutting-edge smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear strike means” against what the North Koreans believe are U.S. preparations to wage a nuclear war against them.
“The merciless operation of its revolutionary armed forces in this regard has been finally examined and ratified,” the General Staff statement said, indicating that in addition to the threat of a missile attack, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, or DPRK, may deploy its million-man army.
Cliff Kincaid at America’s Survival has this to say:
Red China is preparing for war, backing a North Korean strike on South Korea and the U.S.
A left-winger by the name of Hyun Lee says, “What has gone underreported in U.S. media is China’s readiness posture. China has placed its military on high alert in the event of an outbreak of war on the Korean peninsula. In a move reminiscent of its entry into the Korean War, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army has increased troop presence, tanks, armored personnel carriers, and air patrols along its border with North Korea. In a show of support for North Korea, China has been holding live-firing naval exercises in the West Sea, a site of recurring tensions between the two Koreas.”
This leftist thinks the U.S has been provocative, but the truth is that Communists are Communists. And under Obama we are unprepared for war. Could Obama be setting South Korea up for obliteration from a nuclear attack from the North? And what if North Korea does have a nuclear weapon that can hit the U.S.?
Whether all this is bluster or not, can we take that chance? We shouldn’t. It’s time for preemptive action to protect the U.S.’ interests and citizens. Damn it, act like a real super power and believe insane dictators when they threaten nuclear war! Right now, we’re dancing the NoKo-a-NoGo. Let’s just hope that soon we aren’t dancing under the light of a nuclear blast.
It was suggested by my rabbi yesterday that in a way silence is sometimes the most appropriate response to the Holocaust, because human words are inadequate to grapple with the horror of that time. Thus the title of this posting:
Tonight and Monday are Holocaust Memorial Day. (In Hebrew it’s Yom HaZikaron leShoah v’leGvurah — Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust and of the Heroism — and this year especially Yad V’Shem will be focusing on the Resistance).
But in fact, even in the face of the pain, the horror, we need words, if people are to know what went on (never, to understand it).
And if we are to say “Never Again!” and mean it. It was Rabbi Sacks, whose talk I shared recently, who said, that today, “‘Never again’ is beginning to sound like ‘always again.'”
Those living in the New York City area, please take note:
Today at noon, there will be a Holocaust Memorial event in front of the Iranian UN Mission, 622 Third Avenue (at E. 4th Street) Manhattan.
This past week, the New York-based Israel Policy Forum — which “promotes active U.S. engagement to achieve a two-state solution” — sent a letter to Prime Minister Netanyahu, signed by 100 “prominent” Americans, urging him to:
“work closely with Secretary of State John Kerry to devise pragmatic initiatives, consistent with Israel’s security needs, which would represent Israel’s readiness to make painful territorial sacrifices for the sake of peace.”
Unmitigated gall is what this is. “Painful territorial sacrifices for the sake of peace”? In the first place, such territorial sacrifices, as they so elegantly put it, would not bring peace, but rather put all Israelis at risk, AND engender the loss of what is rightfully our heritage. But in any event, it is not the place of Americans to call for Israelis to make “painful sacrifices.”
And they want our prime minister — who has called for the only thing that remotely makes sense: negotiations without pre-conditions — to start by giving Abbas something to bring him to the table. This is the same Mahmoud Abbas who has just engendered major riots of Arabs against Israel by making libelous charges against Israel.
In order to respond to this, dear readers, I ask your cooperation. This is a bit more complicated than what I usually ask, but the situation requires it: I am looking for the participation of other “prominent” Americans who are offended by what this letter says and want to see Netanyahu stand strong against Kerry’s inevitable demands.
If you are a “prominent” American — a rabbi, a philanthropist, an academic, a doctor, a writer, a major executive of a Jewish NGO or a corporation, etc. — I ask you to write to Prime Minister Netanyahu and tell him that you have learned of the Israel Policy Forum letter and are deeply offended by it. Tell him you are also a prominent American — state your position — and implore him to stand strong and not make concessions. Please don’t copy these words exactly — put this sentiment in your own words. Keep it short and direct.
E-mail: [email protected] and also [email protected] (underscore after pm) use both addresses.
If you know “prominent” Americans — the more prominent the better — and believe they might participate, please enlist their assistance.
And, dear readers, if you are not “prominent,” do not for a moment imagine that you are any less valued. It is simply that the nonsense of the Israel Security Policy letter must be countered in kind.
You can see the letter and the signatures here:
The Emergency Israel Committee, founded by William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, has sent its own letter to PM Netanyahu, asking him to ignore the advice of the Israel Security Policy letter.
Now I want to renew my request for prayers for little Zakkai, who has had surgery four times in his two years of life, because of tumors on and around the spine. His last surgery went well, and I thought that, while he needed physical therapy, he was in the clear. This turns out to not be the case, as his parents write:
“Zakkai is scheduled for his next MRI scans on Friday, May 31. If microscopic cells (note: this is not a malignancy but a rare benign yet very invasive tumor) were left behind, they could begin to rear their ugly head by then, which would most likely mean another intervention. And, even if the scans show nothing, we’re nowhere near in the clear. …slow-growing tumors…recur over a much longer period of time (3-5 years…). To nip any tumor problems in the bud, Zakkai will be watched very closely – he’ll be MRI scanned every 3 months or so for the next few years. He will also be going to physical therapy 1-2 times a week for many years to strengthen his core in order to slow or even reverse abnormal curvature of his spine.
“…we are guardedly optimistic – we hope and pray that things will get better but fear that they won’t.”
And so, please, keep praying for this little boy: Rephael Zakkai Avraham ben Yakira Avigael
Well, the talks with Iran have been called a failure. What a surprise. The “cautiously optimistic” Catherine Ashton, yesterday said, “The two sides remain far apart on substance.”
A senior US official, who spoke anonymously, pointed to what he intended to be the bright side: “There was no breakthrough but also no breakdown.” Far better had there been a breakdown, so this charade would end. But no, this official says the major powers intend to continue to utilize diplomacy to resolve the issue.
This would be laughable if it were not so serious. As it is, we should be weeping.
For his part, Iran’s chief negotiator, Saeed Jalili, said that Iran had proposed a plan (which, says the NYTimes, is not anything new) and now it was up to the powers to demonstrate a willingness to offer confidence-building measures.
What is this, with these “confidence building measures”? Yes, weep.
Jalili is speaking about “the inalienable rights” (another buzz term) of Iran to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes.
The question hanging in the air is whether the crisis with North Korea is going to affect what’s going on here. On the one hand, the Iranians have the North Koreans as a role model. They’re watching closely and see that North Korea beat sanctions and skirted past dialogue to achieve their nuclear weapon. It gives them “hope,” as they proceed — motivates them to hang in there for the final goal.
On the other, it just might, and this is a very tentative “might,” dawn on Obama at last that this is where he’s headed with Iran as well. Surely the threats from a petty Korean tyrant with weapons he should not possess have been unsettling. But so far there’s no evidence that Obama is extrapolating from Korea to Iran. He still seems more unsettled by the prospect of having to hit Iran militarily than by a nuclear Iran.
That he’s willing to risk the same behavior from another quarter is a frightening prospect.
According to Israel National News, the White House will be hosting leaders from Arab states that are considered US allies — Jordan, Turkey, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates — in the coming weeks, in order to discuss issues of shared concern.
First will be King Abdullah of Jordan, on the 26th of this month, followed by Erdogan of Turkey next month.
It should be noted that King Abdullah and putative PA president Mahmoud Abbas last week signed an agreement in Amman to stop the “Judaization” of Jerusalem. (My readers know what a joke I consider this to be: Jerusalem IS Jewish.)
What was interesting here is that Jordan was recognized as the authority that would head the Wakf, the Islamic trust, that oversees Muslim territory. This gives Jordan and not the PA authority for administering and “protecting” Islamic sites such as the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aksa Mosque on the Temple Mount. De facto this has been the case for a while — and I have no doubt but that it was Jordan to which Netanyahu accorded deference last year when he declined to rebuild the Mughrabi bridge to the Mount after Abdullah objected.
And it was certainly the case before Oslo.
But over the last 20 years there have been struggles between the two, with regard to which Wakf is official. There are undoubtedly implications here, that Abbas has surrendered the PA’s right to be in charge.
Please note that during March, Netanyahu had gone very quietly to Amman for a meeting with the king. At that time Abdullah spoke about his “very strong” relationship with Netanyahu: “Our discussions have really improved.” He indicated that Netanyahu would have to choose between “apartheid and democracy,” but thought it might be “too late” for a “two state solution.” An interesting — non-politically correct– position as well.
Abdullah, it should be noted, has Islamists breathing down his neck, and this must be remembered as his various positions are considered.
Biden: The ‘affirmative task’ before us is to ‘create a new world order’
‘Bite me Biden’ can take his New World Order and shove it.