Un­der­stand­ing North Korea and How Trump Could End Amer­ica as We Know it

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As unelected Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and dic­ta­tor Kim Jong-un face off in a bat­tle of words and demon­stra­tions of mil­i­tary might, many in Amer­ica are clam­or­ing for the United States to at­tack North Korea, with­out re­ally know­ing much about the on­go­ing con­flict or the po­ten­tial con­se­quences of a mil­i­tary at­tack.

Be­cause there is so much as stake, it is crit­i­cal that Amer­i­cans have a ba­sic un­der­stand­ing of the is­sues and po­ten­tial out­come of the con­flict. How­ever, cold­war era pro­pa­ganda has ob­scured many of the facts sur­round­ing Korea and it is only re­cently that a more ac­cu­rate pic­ture of the is­sue has been avail­able.

Cu­ri­ously, un­der Trump, doc­u­ments re­lated to Korea have been re­moved from the U.S. State Depart­ment's web site.

We need to ask our­selves, what would hap­pen if Trump did at­tack North Korea?

Pre­dict­ing the con­se­quences of an Amer­i­can at­tack on North Korea re­quires an un­der­stand­ing of North Korea, China and Rus­sia.

A good place to start is at the be­gin­ning.

HIS­TORY OF THE KOREAN WAR

Amer­ica's long­est run­ning armed con­flict started on Septem­ber 5th, 1945 when the 17th Reg­i­ment of the 7th In­fantry Di­vi­sion ar­rived by ship at In­chon, Korea, to be­gin the forced oc­cu­pa­tion of South Korea. The Amer­i­cans were un­der the com­mand of Lieu­tenant

Gen­eral John Reed Hodge, who was aided by Ja­panese Gover­nor-gen­eral Abe Noabuyki.

Hodge in­formed his troops that the Kore­ans were to be treated as the en­emy.

The Amer­i­cans were not wel­come in Korea and as the troops de­parted their ships, the Ja­panese oc­cu­pa­tion forces had to hold back an­gry Korean crowds to pro­tect the Amer­i­can troops.

Kore­ans had suf­fered im­mensely un­der the Ja­panese oc­cu­pa­tion since 1910, had long fought for their in­de­pen­dence and did not want more oc­cu­pa­tion. They fully ex­pected lib­er­a­tion with the end of World War II and were well pre­pared for their in­de­pen­dence. They had formed the Com­mit­tee for the Prepa­ra­tion of Korean In­de­pen­dence (CKPI) on Au­gust 15, 1945, the day Ja­pan's sur­ren­der was an­nounced. By Au­gust 28, 1945, all Korean prov­inces on the en­tire Penin­sula had al­ready es­tab­lished lo­cal peo­ple’s demo­cratic com­mit­tees, and on Septem­ber 6, del­e­gates from through­out Korea cre­ated the Korean Peo­ple’s Repub­lic (KPR).

There was no need for Amer­i­can in­ter­ven­tion and the Kore­ans were more than will­ing and able to run their own coun­try and chart their own course into the fu­ture. But, the U.S. con­sid­ered Korea spoils of war and wanted to cap­i­tal­ize on its new as­set.

On Septem­ber 7th, the day after the cre­ation of the KPR, Gen­eral Douglas Macarthur for­mally is­sued a procla­ma­tion ad­dressed “To the Peo­ple of Korea.” The procla­ma­tion an­nounced that forces un­der his

com­mand “will to­day oc­cupy the Ter­ri­tory of Korea south of 38 de­grees north lat­i­tude.”

On the morn­ing of Septem­ber 9, Gen­eral Hodge an­nounced that Ja­panese Gover­nor-gen­eral Abe would con­tinue to func­tion with all his Ja­panese and Korean per­son­nel. Korea was not to be lib­er­ated after all but grad­u­ally trans­ferred from Ja­panese oc­cu­pa­tion to Amer­i­can oc­cu­pa­tion.

The United States had de­cided to ef­fec­tively col­o­nize all of Korea as the spoils of war since 1943 but its plans were com­pli­cated when Rus­sia en­tered the war against Ja­pan and de­manded part of Ja­pan for their ef­forts. The U.S. gave Rus­sia the north­ern half of Korea in­stead and thus Korea was di­vided against the will of the Korean peo­ple.

For the U.S. oc­cu­pa­tion to work it had to dis­man­tle Korean's own demo­cratic am­bi­tions and so Hodge spent his first year sup­press­ing the lo­cally formed Peo­ple’s Com­mit­tees and re­cruit­ing Korean sup­port­ers of the Ja­panese oc­cu­pa­tion to sup­port a new fas­cist regime.

Korea had long been a deeply di­vided so­ci­ety con­trolled by the land-own­ing elite who had col­lab­o­rated with the Ja­panese and ruled over the peas­ants who made up most of the pop­u­la­tion. The peas­ants wanted free­dom from op­pres­sion while the elite were ea­ger to con­tinue their col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Amer­i­cans to re­tain their po­si­tion of priv­i­lege.

By 1948, Hodge had a south Korean army in place which was led by of­fi­cers who served in the Ja­panese Im­pe­rial Army. One of the of­fi­cers, traitor Kim Sok-won, had been dec­o­rated by Ja­panese Em­peror Hiro­hito for lead­ing cam­paigns against Korean re­sis­tance fighters in Manchuria.

Hodge's new po­lice force con­sisted pri­mar­ily of former mem­bers of the bru­tal Ja­panese colo­nial po­lice who were will­ing to con­tinue to op­press Korean as­pi­ra­tions for lib­erty.

In 1948, the Amer­i­can oc­cu­pa­tion held sham elec­tions which were boy­cotted by most Kore­ans. The U.S. in­stalled Korean-amer­i­can Syn­g­man Rhee, who had lived in the U.S. for 40 years be­fore re­turn­ing to rule South Korea, where he was kept in power un­til April 1960.

In con­trast, Rus­sia took a mostly hands-off ap­proach to North Korea and al­lowed the lo­cal com­mit­tees to flour­ish. Soviet troops were gone by 1948. The North made sig­nif­i­cant strides to­wards de­vel­op­ment. Ma­jor in­dus­tries owned by the Ja­panese were na­tion­al­ized while Ja­panese col­lab­o­ra­tors were purged from offi- cial po­si­tions.

While the North moved for­ward from 1945 to 1950, the South lan­guished un­der Amer­i­can oc­cu­pa­tion and con­tin­ued op­pres­sion.

In part­ner­ship with Rhee, the U.S. built con­cen­tra­tion camps, ar­rested hun­dreds of thou­sands and ex­e­cuted tens of thou­sands of Kore­ans who were un­will­ing to give up their dream of lib­er­a­tion.

A fact-find­ing mis­sion in 2001 by U.S. Vet­er­ans in part­ner­ship with the Korea Truth Com­mis­sion un­cov­ered some of the grisly truths long hid­den by the Amer­i­can and South Korean gov­ern­ment. They vis­ited nu­mer­ous mass graves that had been pre­vi­ously kept se­cret and un­cov­ered ev­i­dence of the use of Amer­i­can chem­i­cal and bi­o­log­i­cal weapons used against en­tire re­bel­lious vil­lages.

Re­uni­fi­ca­tion of the North and South had been promised but was blocked by the United States be­cause most South Kore­ans pre­ferred the com­mu­nist-lean­ing North and hated the fas­cist South Korean gov­ern­ment. It even be­came il­le­gal to talk about re­uni­fi­ca­tion in the South Korea and many were im­pris­oned, tor­tured and killed for merely pro­mot­ing re­uni­fi­ca­tion.

A 1948 CIA re­port ob­served that Korea was deeply di­vided by a large grass roots in­de­pen­dence move­ment man­i­fest in the Peo­ple’s Com­mit­tees led by “com­mu­nists who based their right to rule on the re­sis­tance to the Ja­panese” and a Us-sup­ported right-wing that mo­nop­o­lized the coun­try’s wealth and had col­lab­o­rated with Im­pe­rial Ja­pan.

Amer­ica's bru­tal ap­proach made com­mu­nist Kim IlSung a hero to most Kore­ans. He had been a prom­i­nent leader of the re­sis­tance to Ja­panese oc­cu­pa­tion and con­tin­ued to lead the North to­wards in­de­pen­dence and self-de­ter­mi­na­tion.

In the 1940s, the gross abuses of com­mu­nism were not yet widely known and the po­lit­i­cal phi­los­o­phy of­fered hope to the long-op­pressed masses, so it was un­der­stand­able that many in South Korea would sup­port com­mu­nism and re­uni­fi­ca­tion.

Amer­ica's re­sponse to South Kore­ans seek­ing lib­erty from op­pres­sion was to im­prison, tor­ture and kill enough of them to main­tain con­trol but by 1950, the tac­tics were no longer work­ing and de­mands for re­uni­fi­ca­tion had grown to the point where the U.S. was start­ing to lose con­trol.

By 1950 there were nu­mer­ous bor­der in­cur­sions by both sides as the North sought to sup­port the re­sis­tance in the South and the South sought to elim­i­nate

re­sis­tance fighters flee­ing to the safety of the North.

When North Korean troops en­tered South Korea on June 28, 1950 and cap­tured Seoul, the U.S. started to ramp up a massive war against North Korea and those in South Korea who sup­ported the North and re­uni­fi­ca­tion.

The U.S. used its post WWII in­flu­ence to con­vince other na­tions, falsely, that Rus­sia was be­hind an in­va­sion by North Korea and that com­mu­nist ex­pan­sion must be checked and thus ob­tained the bless­ing of the UN and sup­port from Aus­tralia, Bel­gium, Bri­tain, Canada, Columbia, Den­mark, Ethiopia, France, Greece, In­dia, Italy, Ja­pan, Lux­em­bourg, Nether­lands, New Zealand, Nor­way, Philippines, South Africa, Thai­land, Tur­key and Swe­den.

The truth was Rus­sia had lit­tle or noth­ing to do with North Korea's ef­forts to lib­er­ate the South from Amer­i­can oc­cu­pa­tion. Rus­sia and China only started to step in after the con­flict es­ca­lated.

In the Au­tumn of 1950, Gen­eral Douglas Macarthur or­dered the Air Force to de­stroy “ev­ery means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, ev­ery in­stal­la­tion, fac­tory, city and vil­lage” from the Yalu River, form­ing the bor­der be­tween North Korea and China, south to the bat­tle-line and his or­ders were car­ried out.

In 1984, Gen­eral Cur­tis Le­may, head of the U.S. Strate­gic Air Force Com­mand who led the bomb­ing cam­paigns from 1950-1953, proudly ad­mit­ted:

“So, we went over there and fought the war and even­tu­ally burned down ev­ery town in North Korea any­way, some way or another, and some in South Korea, too …. Over a pe­riod of three years or so, we killed off – what – 20% of the pop­u­la­tion of Korea as di­rect ca­su­al­ties of war, or from star­va­tion and ex­po­sure.”

Amer­ica didn't just kill North Kore­ans by bomb­ing, they also ma­chine-gunned refugees as they fled from the bomb­ing.

Many es­ti­mate the loss of North Korean life at 25% of the pop­u­la­tion, not just 20%. In com­par­i­son with the cur­rent U.S. pop­u­la­tion of 326 mil­lion that would be 81 mil­lion Amer­i­cans killed by a for­eign power.

The U.S. de­lib­er­ately tar­geted all schools and hos­pi­tals and de­stroyed 5,000 schools, 1,000 hos­pi­tals, 600,000 homes and over 8,500 fac­to­ries. This cre­ated more than 6 mil­lion refugees.

As it be­came ap­par­ent that Amer­ica could not break the re­solve of the North Kore­ans not mat­ter how many were killed and that China was go­ing to con­tinue its sup­port, Gen­eral Macarthur in­sisted that he be al­lowed to use atomic bombs and planned to drop be­tween 30 and 50 atomic bombs across the neck of Manchuria, from the Sea of Ja­pan to the Yel­low Sea — to cre­ate a belt of ra­dioac­tive cobalt for at least 60 years so Chi­nese troops could not cross by land into North Korea to pro­vide sup­port.

The U.S. did not use any nu­clear weapons against Korea but did drop more than 635,000 tons of ex­plo­sives on North Korea, in­clud­ing 32,557 tons of na­palm. Its de­struc­tion of North Korea was vastly greater than Ger­many dur­ing WWII or any­where else pre­vi­ously.

When Tru­man de­nied Macarthur per­mis­sion to use atomic weapons and it be­came ap­par­ent that North Kore­ans would not give up, the U.S. de­cided that a cease-fire was the most pru­dent ac­tion and an armistice was de­clared in July 1953 near the 38th par­al­lel and a de­mil­i­ta­rized zone sur­round­ing it on both sides was es­tab­lished.

The U.S. vi­o­lated the armistice in 1958 when it de­ployed nu­clear weapons in South Korea, which were re­moved in the 1990s.

North Korea asked to en­ter into ne­go­ti­a­tions for a peace treaty to re­place the armistice agree­ment in 2013 and 2016 but the ne­go­ti­a­tions did not take place due to ob­sta­cles placed by both sides.

South Korea pays about half of the cost of the U.S. mil­i­tary pres­ence, even though it could pro­vide its own de­fense for less.

One of the rea­sons that the U.S. sus­tains the con­flict with North Korea is to jus­tify hav­ing mil­i­tary fa­cil­i­ties close to China. The Ter­mi­nal High Al­ti­tude Area De­fense (THAAD) mis­sile de­fense sys­tem greatly re­duces the ef­fec­tive­ness of China's nu­clear de­ter­rent.

NORTH KOREA TO­DAY

North Korea is very much a prod­uct of the United States. If the U.S. had not di­vided Korea then given the North to Rus­sia, blocked re­uni­fi­ca­tion and im­posed bru­tal dic­ta­tor­ships on the South, Korea would likely be a uni­fied and pros­per­ous demo­cratic na­tion to­day.

The dev­as­ta­tion of North Korea wrought by the United States did not de­stroy the na­tion but in­stead made it stronger in many ways. After 1953, it bounced back and de­vel­oped rapidly but in a per­verse way. The psy­cho­log­i­cal, so­cial and po­lit­i­cal de­vel­op­ment was greatly shaped in re­sponse to Amer­i­can, Rus­sian and Chi­nese in­ter­ven­tion.

The vi­o­lent deaths of 25% of the pop­u­la­tion im­pacted the sur­vivors not just on a deep psy­cho­log­i­cal level but even on a ge­netic level. Stud­ies have con­sis­tently shown that se­vere trauma can neg­a­tively im­pact DNA for gen­er­a­tions.

The fact that the con­flict con­tin­ues means that the war lives on in North Kore­ans. Their cul­ture is based on the war and an in­tense ha­tred for the United States that is con­tin­u­ally fu­eled by the un­end­ing pres­ence of U.S. troops and the fre­quent war games and threats from the U.S.

The con­tin­ued threat and un­re­solved trauma make Kore­ans will­ing to put up with a bru­tal dic­ta­tor and for some se­vere poverty and star­va­tion.

To cope with the trauma, North Kore­ans have re­mained de­ter­mined to de­fend them­selves against at­tack at all costs. They know that the only way to en­sure that the U.S. does not at­tack them again is to have a strong leader and to pos­sess nu­clear weapons. They are not go­ing to give up their nukes no mat­ter how se­vere the sanc­tions or the threats of vi­o­lence.

Even with­out nukes, North Korea is a for­mi­da­ble foe. It is not the back­wards and sim­ple na­tion that most Amer­i­cans be­lieve it to be, be­cause is it aided by China, Rus­sia and other na­tions and is fiercely de­ter­mined.

North Korea is heav­ily armed with con­ven­tional weapons and is be­lieved to also have chem­i­cal and bi­o­log­i­cal weapons. It may have ma­te­rial for up to 60 nu­clear war­heads and could be given more.

It has 70-75 sub­marines, some of which can carry nu­clear mis­siles. Whereas the United States has no more than 70 sub­marines.

In 2015, South Korea re­ported that it was un­able to track dozens of North Korean subs.

At 1.1 mil­lion sol­diers, North Korea has the world's 4th largest stand­ing army and when in­clud­ing re­serves and paramil­i­taries it has the largest army by far.

Ev­ery North Korean is in­ducted into the mil­i­tary at age 18, but mil­i­tary train­ing starts much ear­lier and is part of chil­dren's school­ing.

North Korea's massive ar­tillery is trained on South Korea's cap­i­tal and largest city, Seoul. With a pop­u­la­tion of 25 mil­lion, mil­lions could be killed quickly, es­pe­cially if North Korea used nu­clear shells.

North Korea does not need mis­siles to launch a nu­clear at­tack on the United States, it could do so by merely ship­ping a bomb to a U.S. port in a ship­ping con­tainer. A sin­gle nuke det­o­nated in the port of Long

Beach could kill hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple and shut down the U.S. econ­omy. The bomb­ing could be blamed on ISIS long enough to avoid im­me­di­ate re­tal­i­a­tion and launch more at­tacks.

North Korea has al­ready demon­strated that its bal­lis­tic mis­siles can reach a high enough al­ti­tude for an elec­tro-mag­netic pulse (EMP) at­tack. It could det­o­nate even a prim­i­tive nuke as an EMP weapon and force large parts of the U.S. back to the horse and buggy era as the elec­tro-mag­netic pulse wipes out all elec­tronic de­vices.

While tes­ti­fy­ing be­fore Con­gress in 2015, Peter Pry, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of the EMP Task Force on Na­tional and Home­land Se­cu­rity — a con­gres­sional ad­vi­sory board, warned that an EMP weapon would kill 9 out of 10 Amer­i­cans “through star­va­tion, dis­ease, and so­ci­etal col­lapse.”

North Korea is well pre­pared for a nu­clear at­tack by the U.S. and has nu­mer­ous deep un­der­ground bunkers and shel­ters. Even the Py­ongyang sub­way dou­bles as a long-term fall-out shel­ter. But the U.S. is not at all pre­pared for an EMP or di­rect nu­clear at­tack.

Be­cause North Korean cul­ture is based on ha­tred and fear of the United States, they ex­pect to wage war with the U.S. and are pre­pared to sac­ri­fice them­selves in bat­tle against their en­emy.

CHINA

No na­tion re­ally wants to live un­der the con­stant threat of a mil­i­tary at­tack from another coun­try and China is no ex­cep­tion.

The United States has long ringed China's East Coast with mil­i­tary bases in South Korea, Ja­pan and the Philippines. U.S. Forces in South Korea are less than 600 miles (965 km ) from Bei­jing and less than 250 miles (402 km) from China's clos­est city. Amer­i­can forces in Ja­pan are only about 500 miles (804 km) from Shang­hai.

While none of the bases close to China of­fi­cially have nu­clear weapons at present, the U.S. nor­mally has up to 8 sub­marines pa­trolling the western Pa­cific with each sub equipped to carry 24 Tri­dent II bal­lis­tic mis­siles. Each mis­sile can carry up to five nu­clear war­heads for a to­tal of nearly 1,000 nu­clear war heads — more than enough to elim­i­nate China. Plus, the U.S. has nu­mer­ous ships and air­craft pa­trolling the western Pa­cific that could be car­ry­ing nu­clear weapons.

In ad­di­tion to point­ing its weapons at China, the U.S. reg­u­larly holds war games in which it prac­tices at­tacks against North Korea and China. The war games are

sim­u­lated bat­tles held ev­ery year. This year there have been war games with South Korea and with Ja­pan and Aus­tralia. The U.S. hopes that New Zealand and the Philippines will join in fu­ture games.

China does not like be­ing con­tin­u­ally men­aced by the United States and would very much like to get the U.S. mil­i­tary off what it con­sid­ers its front porch, just as the United States did not want Rus­sia putting nu­clear mis­siles in Cuba or any­where else in its hemi­sphere.

As China has risen to power by be­com­ing the world's man­u­fac­turer, it be­lieves that it no longer has to tol­er­ate U.S. ag­gres­sion and has the right and might to re­move the Amer­i­can men­ace from its neigh­bor­hood. It sees the United States as a fi­nan­cially, so­cially and po­lit­i­cally bank­rupt em­pire on the verge of col­lapse.

Like the U.S., China is ar­ro­gant and be­lieves that its cul­ture and po­lit­i­cal sys­tem is su­pe­rior and is on a 100year pro­gram to dom­i­nate the globe by 2049.

The United States be­lieves that it must counter China's rise and ag­gres­sion to­wards its neigh­bors by flex­ing its mil­i­tary might. Some of China's neigh­bors wel­come the Amer­i­can mil­i­tary pres­ence in light of China's claims on their ter­ri­tory while oth­ers are start­ing to switch their al­liance to China or ap­pear to be more neu­tral.

En­ter North Korea

China claims that it does not have much in­flu­ence over North Korea and but in re­al­ity, it does. North Korea has been groomed over the decades by China and Rus­sia to act as a bar­rier to Amer­i­can en­croach­ment. If China wanted to un­seat Kim Jong-un it cer­tainly could have. Kim Jong-un has sur­vived and thrived this long only with China's help.

It is highly likely that North Korea's nu­clear weapons were de­vel­oped with help from China, know­ing that they would pro­voke a re­sponse from the U.S.

While China has been pre­tend­ing to sup­port sanc­tions against North Korea and has tem­po­rar­ily cut off much of its trade with the Kim regime, China has also made it clear that if the United States at­tacks North Korea then it will en­ter the con­flict.

China is sen­si­tive to world opin­ion and would only at­tack U.S. mil­i­tary in­stal­la­tions if it could be rea­son­ably jus­ti­fied in do­ing so. For it to be jus­ti­fied it needs Trump to launch an at­tack against North Korea.

So, while it pub­licly opposes North Korea's threats it likely sup­ports them on another level so that it can take on the U.S. and at least re­duce the Amer­i­can mil­i­tary pres­ence in the western Pa­cific.

Mil­i­tary

China's na­tional bi­ble is Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" and it ad­heres to the prin­ci­pal of "pre­tend to be weak, that your en­emy may grow ar­ro­gant."

China pre­tends to be some­what weak mil­i­tar­ily but is sus­pected to have a massive se­cret mil­i­tary that is highly ad­vanced.

Like the U.S., China and Rus­sia keep their true mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­i­ties se­cret. Amer­i­can deep-black mil­i­tary sci­en­tists claim that U.S. mil­i­tary tech­nol­ogy is decades ahead of what is of­fi­cially ac­knowl­edged or pub­licly known. The prob­lem is that China has stolen even the most ad­vanced mil­i­tary tech­nol­ogy from ev­ery na­tion, in­clud­ing the U.S., so the U.S. likely has lit­tle or no real tech­no­log­i­cal ad­van­tage over China and in some cases may be be­hind.

Pre­vi­ously in­ter­cepted ship­ments of Chi­nese weapons into the United States in­di­cate that China al­ready has stock­piled weapons in the U.S. for fu­ture use by Chi­nese liv­ing in Amer­ica. China has also likely stock­piled weapons in Canada and Mex­ico.

The United States can­not de­feat China in any type of non-nu­clear con­fronta­tion and it is pos­si­ble that China could even de­feat Amer­i­can nu­clear weapons be­fore or as they are launched. China long ago demon­strated

its satel­lite killing tech­nol­ogy and likely has repli­cated Rus­sian scalar tech­nol­ogy that can det­o­nate mis­siles as they are launched.

It is also true that while the full ex­tent of China’s mil­i­tary tech­nol­ogy is un­known, China does not need to use vi­o­lent force to de­feat the United States.

Cy­ber-army

China has the world's largest and most ca­pa­ble cy­ber­war forces, with tens of thou­sands of highly ef­fec­tive hack­ers us­ing ad­vanced in­tru­sion tools.

Many Chi­nese man­u­fac­tured com­put­ers have se­cret back-doors built into the moth­er­board that give China con­trol over the com­put­ers as needed. Op­er­at­ing Sys­tems in­stalled in China are likely com­pro­mised as well. Most com­put­ers and smart phones are made in China.

Some Chi­nese made telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions hard­ware and soft­ware is also de­signed to al­low ac­cess and con­trol by China's mil­i­tary.

Psy­chic Army

In the early 1970s the United States mil­i­tary be­came aware that Rus­sia was us­ing psy­chics to ac­cess Amer­i­can mil­i­tary se­crets and in re­sponse launched its own re­mote view­ing pro­gram, which con­tin­ues to­day.

Un­like the U.S., which re­cruits re­mote view­ers from mil­i­tary ranks, China closely mon­i­tors day­cares and el­e­men­tary schools to iden­tify chil­dren who are nat­u­rally psy­chic and then di­verts gifted chil­dren into spe­cial train­ing pro­grams and its psy­chic warrior pro­gram.

China has de­vel­oped the world's largest and most ef­fec­tive psy­chic (PSI) army that is ca­pa­ble of not merely ac­cess­ing Amer­i­can mil­i­tary se­crets but is also ca­pa­ble of re­motely in­flu­enc­ing key in­di­vid­u­als. Com­bined with elec­tronic mind con­trol tech­nol­ogy, Amer­i­cans are at sig­nif­i­cant risk of be­ing men­tally in­flu­enced by China with­out their knowl­edge. China has not yet de­ployed its Psi-war ca­pa­bil­i­ties against the U.S. but would likely do so in the event of a ma­jor con­flict.

Ac­cess to Re­sources

China con­trols much of the world's rare-earth met­als as well as iron ore, cop­per, alu­minum, ura­nium and other es­sen­tial met­als.

It has a se­cure oil & gas sup­ply through its own re­serves and those of Rus­sia, Iran and Venezuela. Plus, the coun­try is rapidly switch­ing to re­new­able en­ergy and is be­com­ing less re­liant on fos­sil fu­els.

With its massive man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pac­ity, China can build the im­ple­ments of war as needed, while the United States lacks the raw ma­te­ri­als, man­u­fac­tur­ing fa­cil­i­ties and hu­man re­sources nec­es­sary to sus­tain any type of con­flict much be­yond cur­rent mil­i­tary stock­piles.

China has 20% of the world's pop­u­la­tion but only 8% of the farm­land, so cur­rently im­ports a large por­tion of its food, but also man­ages to ex­port a sub­stan­tial amount. It has ac­cess to vast amounts of grain from Rus­sia and could eas­ily ex­pand do­mes­tic pro­duc­tion of fruits and veg­eta­bles and cut food ex­ports.

Fi­nan­cial Weapons

China holds about $3 tril­lion in for­eign cur­rency re­serves and has enough U.S. dol­lars to dump on the open mar­ket to cause the col­lapse of the dol­lar.

China could also sell its $1.24 tril­lion in U.S. debt at a dis­counted rate, which could in­duce other in­vestors to try and dump their U.S. debt and make it im­pos­si­ble for the U.S. to bor­row money from out­side in­vestors.

By stop­ping ex­ports to the United States, China would cause a se­vere short­age of a wide range of goods and cause massive in­fla­tion as those prod­ucts be­come scarce. The lack of spare parts could shut down some in­dus­tries. The oil in­dus­try has al­ready had prob­lems with China buy­ing up the patents to es­sen­tial equip­ment and mak­ing spares hard to get. Com­bined with a massive de­val­u­a­tion of the dol­lar, the en­tire U.S. econ­omy could col­lapse.

Pro­pa­ganda

China has been plan­ning for some time in the pro­pa­ganda depart­ment and has been qui­etly ex­pand­ing its world me­dia pres­ence.

Chi­nese film pro­duc­tion has eclipsed Hol­ly­wood and many seem­ingly Amer­i­can films are pro­duced by Chi-

nese com­pa­nies. Even Amer­ica's high­est paid ac­tor, Dwayne "the Rock" John­son, part­nered with a Chi­nese com­pany for his movie "Bay­watch". The film por­trayed Chi­nese char­ac­ters as sym­pa­thetic while the vil­lain was In­dian.

Amer­ica's largest movie the­ater chain, AMC, is owned by China's Dalian Wanda Group and it can de­cide to only screen pro-china films.

The United States is widely con­sid­ered the most hated na­tion on Earth. As bad as Kim Jung-un is, few peo­ple in the world would sup­port an Amer­i­can at­tack on North Korea. China knows this and would use it to its ad­van­tage.

If Trump were to at­tack North Korea, Amer­ica might find some of its friends turn a cold shoul­der. NATO may not ac­tu­ally come to Amer­ica's aid as Trump imag­ines it would.

RUS­SIA

Be­cause Rus­sia also bor­ders North Korea and has warned the U.S. against uni­lat­eral ac­tion against North Korea, it must also be fac­tored into the North Korea is­sue.

Not long after Putin came to power he at­tempted to make friends with the United States and con­tin­ued to hold out an olive branch but has been re­peat­edly re­buffed. By des­ig­nat­ing Rus­sia an en­emy, the U.S. has forced it to seek al­liances else­where and de­velop an anti-amer­ica and anti-nato po­si­tion.

The re­cent rapid clo­sure and search of Rus­sian diplo­matic fa­cil­i­ties in the United States and killing of high level Rus­sians in Syria through Amer­ica's proxy Is­lamic ter­ror­ist mili­tias has put the United States in an un­de­clared war with Rus­sia.

While Rus­sia is weaker eco­nom­i­cally than China, as the largest coun­try on Earth and with vast nat­u­ral re­sources, Rus­sia has the po­ten­tial for rapid growth and self-suf­fi­ciency. It does not have to main­tain an ami­able re­la­tion­ship with the U.S. or Europe to sus­tain its growth.

Be­cause Rus­sia has not fully bought into glob­al­iza­tion it has not com­pro­mised its fu­ture by sac­ri­fic­ing its sovereignty to multi­na­tional cor­po­ra­tions and in­ter­na­tional bankers, as the United States has done on a whole­sale level.

Rus­sia can risk an open mil­i­tary con­fronta­tion with the United States and pos­si­bly not suf­fer any grave longterm harm.

Mil­i­tary

Rus­sia is a very for­mi­da­ble mil­i­tary op­po­nent and has highly ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy that the United States may not pos­sess or have any de­fense against.

Rus­sia claims that it has de­vel­oped a new su­per-mis­sile it calls the RS-28 Sar­mat which can carry up to 16 nu­clear war heads or 24 hy­per­sonic glide ve­hi­cles and de­feat Amer­ica's anti-mis­sile sys­tems. It says that it will de­ploy the mis­siles next year but likely al­ready has them de­ployed.

Back in the 1970s Rus­sia demon­strated scalar weapons that could det­o­nate Amer­i­can nukes as they are launched.

In 1967, a Rus­sian fly­ing saucer flew from Siberia into Shag Har­bour in Nova Sco­tia, Canada, then trav­eled un­der­wa­ter to a highly sen­si­tive NATO sub­ma­rine lis­ten­ing sta­tion while a Rus­sian sub­ma­rine hov­ered nearby.

CON­SE­QUENCES OF AT­TACK­ING NORTH KOREA

North Korea has been pre­par­ing to re­act to an at­tack by the United States for more than 60 years. Its 17 mil­lion peo­ple of fight­ing age are trained and ready to re­spond when called upon. It weapons sys­tems are ex­ten­sive and well manned.

If the United States at­tacks North Korea, it would likely launch mis­siles from what it con­sid­ers a safe dis­tance, and might not suf­fer much im­me­di­ate dam­age di­rectly from North Korea. But the ini­tial dam­age it could in­flict would not stop North Korea from in­flict­ing heavy dam­age on South Korea.

North Korea would likely launch an ar­tillery and mis­sile at­tack against Seoul and U.S. mil­i­tary in­stal­la­tions near the bor­der. It has over 15,000 can­nons and mis­siles in­side hard­ened un­der­ground bunkers, all pointed di­rectly at Seoul and the many US mil­i­tary in­stal­la­tions near the bor­der with North Korea.

Seoul can­not be eas­ily evac­u­ated and many of its 10 mil­lion peo­ple would be easy tar­gets. Ca­su­al­ties would be very high. A re­tired U.S. gen­eral said a Pen­tagon war sce­nario showed a con­ven­tional war with North Korea could re­sult in about 20,000 deaths per day in South Korea. A sin­gle nu­clear mis­sile could kill hun­dreds of thou­sands.

North Korea has hun­dreds of anti-air­craft sta­tions spread through­out the coun­try and laser weapons ca­pa­ble of pos­si­bly de­feat­ing drones and some air-toground mis­siles, but these would not stop all Amer­i­can mis­siles.

If the U.S. at­tacks con­tinue then North Korea might use its nu­clear weapons, which would then draw a nu­clear re­sponse from the U.S. and cer­tainly draw in China and Rus­sia.

If China re­sponds it could take out Amer­i­can mil­i­tary satel­lites, dis­rupt ground-based ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tions and pos­si­bly grav­i­ta­tional and quan­tum com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tems, then it could target and elim­i­nate se­lect U.S. mil­i­tary fa­cil­i­ties in the western Pa­cific.

Im­ports from China would be sus­pended, and China would likely use its fi­nan­cial mus­cle to crash the U.S. econ­omy.

If China wanted to, it could launch an EMP at­tack against the U.S., blame it on North Korea and then of­fer to help the U.S. by pro­vid­ing the ser­vices our crip­pled gov­ern­ment would be un­able to pro­vide. Then Amer­i­cans would be the vic­tim of for­eign oc­cu­pa­tion and pos­si­bly even wel­come it.

If North Korea, China or Rus­sia don't re­act mil­i­tar­ily it would still neg­a­tively im­pact the U.S. Even though Kim Jong-un has few friends and can gar­nish lit­tle sym­pa­thy due to his many crimes, the world is sym­pa­thetic to­wards North Korean cit­i­zens and most coun­tries would not sup­port an Amer­i­can at­tack against North Korea.

The U.S. econ­omy would likely be af­fected, and the coun­try might even find it­self a target of sanc­tions.

There is no up­side to an Amer­i­can mil­i­tary at­tack against North Korea. The U.S. can't stop North Korea's nu­clear weapons pro­gram and an at­tack would be met with ei­ther se­vere mil­i­tary reprisals or a grave loss of in­ter­na­tional pres­tige.

RE­SOLV­ING THE CON­FLICT

Start­ing in 1945, the U.S. in­flicted a grave in­jus­tice on the Korean peo­ple and the in­jus­tice has con­tin­ued.

The wound has not healed and has been fes­ter­ing for more than 70 years. The wound des­per­ately needs to be healed.

Amer­ica was dead wrong to di­vide Korea and dead wrong to deny Kore­ans their lib­erty. By con­tin­u­ing the oc­cu­pa­tion and op­pres­sion of South Korea, Amer­ica en­sured that com­mu­nism and the Kim dic­ta­tor­ship would thrive as an al­ter­na­tive to the bru­tal fas­cism it im­posed in the South, even though the com­mu­nism turned out to be more bru­tal in the end.

Com­pound­ing the dam­age by killing more North Kore­ans is not the an­swer and will cer­tainly hurt Amer­i­cans.

Im­pos­ing sanc­tions will also not re­solve the is­sue. Se­vere sanc­tions are an act of war and will ul­ti­mately force North Korea to at­tack when all its other op­tions are ex­hausted.

Ma­ture and in­tel­li­gent peo­ple apol­o­gize when they have done some­thing wrong. They make things right and then move on.

The wrongs of Kim Jung-un do not negate Amer­ica's wrongs.

Amer­ica needs to ad­mit its crimes, sin­cerely apol­o­gize, pay some com­pen­sa­tion, sup­port re­uni­fi­ca­tion and then with­draw its troops from South Korea. South Korea can now cer­tainly de­fend it­self if need be.

The North Korean peo­ple are not bad. They are not re­ally Amer­ica's en­emy. They are just peo­ple who want the war against them to end and have re­peat­edly asked for the men­ace of the an­nual war games and mil­i­tary threats to stop.

A sin­cere apol­ogy would heal the wound and ul­ti­mately de­feat the Kim dic­ta­tor­ship. With­out the fear and ha­tred against the U.S. the power of Kim Jung-un is greatly di­min­ished.

Mak­ing Amer­ica great again means end­ing sense­less for­eign mil­i­tary con­fronta­tions.

Putting Amer­ica first means fo­cus­ing on the needs of Amer­i­cans first, not war in­dus­try prof­its.

It is time to stop the in­san­ity and move on. If we don't there will be a very heavy price to pay.

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