Trump has launched an attack on Russia and China for helping North Korea to avoid American sanctions on its trade.
No. Don't blame Trump. He is doing what every president since 1945 has done. And it all goes back even further to a terrible precedent.
When Germany surrendered in 1918, the victorious allies placed economic sanctions on it. The purpose, like the sanctions on North Korea, was to keep Germany economically weak and in poverty. The result?
German anger at the unending poverty was taken out, at the start, in the persecution of Jews. Building on the old hatred of Jews that existed ALL over Europe (yes and Britain and Canada and the U.S.) Germans blamed the Jews for the loss of the war by Germany. And that created new political parties that played on the hatred of Jews and the anger at the sanctions. The result was Hitler and World War Two.
The Peace Treaty of 1918 was meant to impoverish and humiliate the Germans. The motivation for sanctions on North Korea is to permanently destroy a nation and a people. It's true that, technically, the sanctions were imposed by the UN. But this was a time when the UN was in the pocket of the U.S. It was the U.S. that wanted the sanctions. And the reason it wanted them was to forever destroy North Vietnam, to smother and starve it in its own poverty. And it all really had nothing to do with Vietnam itself. The U.S. wanted North Vietnam as a platform for an invasion of China (which is similar why the U.S staged a rebellion to overthrow the elected government Ukraine. That gave the U.S. a base for the invasion of Russia.)
And why the lust for these invasions? They're all to benefit the corporations that own the U.S. government, to effectively give them control of ALL the world's trade. Of course, one can't say that publicly. So we get stories about how Russians and Chinese and Vietnamese are evil and greedy - not at all like those nice American corporations.)
This approach produced disaster in dealing with Germany after World War 1. It is quite possible that it will produce a far worse disaster in North Korea.
For a start, almost seventy years (70, count them) of these sanctions has produced monstrous suffering and poverty for the people of North Vietnam. And a limited ability to get around American blockades has not been enough to ease that.
Add to that the war in which the U.S. with its UN friends conducted what must be the most brutal war or modern history against the North Koreans. Rebuilding a livable country was a massive challenge. Add that to seventy years of American war games on their border, American patrolling of their waters, and more than fifty years of American nuclear missiles set in South Korea and aimed at the north.
North Koreans are suspicious and fearful of Americans? Gee! I wonder why? They live in fear and suspicion of the U.S.? Their leaders rise to power on fear and uncertainty and distrust of the U.S.? Golly whillickers, who woulda guessed?
And those evil Russians and Chinese have given them a little bit of help. How evil! Of course the Russians and Chinese will help North Korea; the Russians and Chinese know what the game is. It's to put American missiles on their borders, just like it's been doing in eastern Europe.
The UN was extremely unwise to approve those restrictions in the first place. But the U.S. demanded them because the greed of American big business had to be satisfied.
And now the North Koreans have responded with their own missiles - though very few of them. Isn't that evil of them?
And the U.S. has only 4,000 missiles - and the largest armed forces in the world - to defend itself the against those terrible bullies. (Luckily, it has Canada to help it. Yes. That is in the cards.)
So now Trump feels he needs to impose more sanctions. (But he almost certainly won't go to the UN to approve them because relations there are a little rocky.) No. He'll have to impose the new sanctions on his own. And that, of course, means they will be illegal under international law. But, hey, who cares about international law?)
American problems with North Korea could have been settled in the 1950s. What a horribly battered North Korea needed then was help in rebuilding all that had been destroyed in the war, and the freedom to trade so that the people could survive. That approach could still be taken.
But it won't be. The American government doesn't care about poverty or hunger - or even about peace. It cares only about corporate profits and the American World Empire. If Trump goes ahead with this, think of what will happen when American warships stop Russian and Chinese cargo ships, or when the US bombs land routes carrying goods to North Korea.
But you won't see any of this in the irving press. If it mentions that country at all, it will be to say it's evil (sort of a racial thing), that it's people are, by implication, morally corrupt (unlike your average American or big time capitalist).
This is the most dangerous development the world has ever seen, a thousand times worse than the disastrous peace treaty of 1918.
The history of the world since 1945 has been the history of the American Empire. American billionaires want to rule the world. That's not just a guess. Check out the website called "Project for the New American Century". The people who prepared that are all good friends of American big business.
And no. Place no hope whatever in Justin Trudeau.
The following opinion has a good deal of truth to it. But The Guardian is still the best, by far, of a bad lot.
The horror that the U.S. has inflicted on Latin America for over a century makes North Korea look like a holiday paradise. Much of the horror comes from American corporation bosses - and much of it from their Canadian counterparts. Funny how stories about this never make the irving press.
Don't let this article bother you. Yes, oil companies are moving in to drill in the Arctic. But I'm sure they'll be very responsible. As always.
Trump seems determined to restart the Syrian war. (But let's not load all the blame on Trump. He is following the policies of the sainted Obama in Syria. More to the point, he's following what U.S. corporate bosses want.) The U.S. is now training Kurdish-led forces (probably to be drawn from ISIS and other groups just like the old, Syrian war.) Turkey is furious and won't allow it. Russia almost certainly feels the same way - and it's forces in Syria (invited, unlike the U.S., by the Syrian government) have already been attacked by Israeli aircraft flying over the border.)
This is a move that directly affects Syria, Russia, China, and the one that could blow up the whole middle east. Again, Trump's stupidity is making this a nuclear threat to the whole world. But, again, he is following the same policies as his predecessors.
Bush and Tony Blair killed one and a half million people in Iraq because of their claim that they had 'weapons of mass destruction'. No such weapons were ever found. And it's quite clear now that Bush and Blair knew all the time there were none. But they still killed one and a half million people and hanged the president of Iraq. A Trump is nothing new on the American scene.
And there is an urgency in this. Almost every U.S. president since 1945 has been determined that the U.S. shall rule the world for the benefit of its billionaires. That's what 'make America great again' really means. But time is running out.
Who really runs the U.S.?
Military decisions are - or should be - treated as very complex matters. "Sending in the marines" is rarely a solution. It's usually more complicated than that. Here's an article on the complexities of making such decisions.
A constant theme in the irving press is that capitalists must be given more freedom. (Actually, they have quite a bit of freedom. They can pay off governments to do them favours. They can escape taxes by hiding their profits. They can endanger the environment - and happily so with the oil industry and mining. They can set up brutal operations in places like Latin America and, if the locals object, they can kill them with government troops.)
But the irving press usually argues they need more freedom. The reality is that, for our survival, we need them to have a lot less freedom, and soon. Really, you don't allow your dog to go poop on your couch. Why should you allow your capitalists to create poverty all over the world? To abuse and to murder people in other countries? To decide when we will fight wars and against whom? And to deprive us of the taxes we need to meet human necessities like education and health care and help for the poor.
Here's a story that never made the irving press. And never shall.
I can show only a bit of this story. But it's indicative of a bigger issue. There are many black Africans who, religiously, are Jews. But the Israeli government does not want to see them on its streets.
And, that, I'm pretty sure, is what's called racism.