Monday, April 1, 2013

Test the Wind and Every Call to War

There is something in the wind that sends chills down my spine; and I am suspicious now, as I wasn’t, but ought to have been, in the past. We should pay attention with great dubiosity to what the military, and the industrial complex with which it is intertwined, is telling us about North Korea.
by Charlie Leck

I’ve written about it before – these winds of war – and how we are so easily duped into believing threats that are not real, but pumped up by those who benefit from preparation for war [
see Shock and Awe was Wrong].

What is really happening in North Korea?
News organizations, which have been hoodwinked in the past, are trying to watch closely what it is that Kim Jong-Un is up to in that strange and twisted nation of North Korea, but the news industries are fed most of their information by military sources and we have been burned by them in the past.

The following is from a front page story in the Washington Post today…

“U.S. officials and independent experts say North Korea appears to have taken unusual steps to conceal details about the nuclear weapon it tested in February, fueling suspicions that its scientists shifted to a bomb design that uses highly enriched uranium as the core.” [Joby Warrick, Washington Post, 31 March 2013]

Oh, my!

Of course it strikes at our hearts and causes worry and even some panic. What could that strange and idiotic man be up to? We have heard it before, we must remember, from men we trusted. The three letters still ring in our ears – W M D – and they remind us of the great  canard that leaders thought they must tell us for our own sake, so that we would support the mighty military war effort.

Now, on the heels of Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan, I am not prepared to go so easily or lightly down any garden path toward which they point me. I do not want any more troops to be sent into harm’s way.

For what kind of test of guilelessness can the people ask?

“A successful test of a uranium-based bomb would confirm that Pyongyang has achieved a second pathway to nuclear weapons, using its plentiful supply of natural uranium and new enrichment technology. A device based on highly enriched uranium, HEU, also would deepen concerns about cooperation between the hermetic regime and Iran.” [Joby Warrick, Washington Post, 31 March 2013]

Déjà vu? All over again?
Urge your friends to read and listen carefully. “Do not go gentle into that good night!” Beg responsible congressional leaders to truth-test every single proposition! Tell them adamantly to demand irrefutable evidence.

We are a people easily bamboozled. We must be tougher and more demanding this time. We must not be herded by lies and deceitfulness.

Stand alert and strong against the industrialists who profit from war! I would not have believed that in the past. I scoffed at those who tried to tell me. I turned a deaf ear to truth and was soothed by the lie.

“This is different!”
Beware the fool! Be watchful for those who would deceive us. They will tell us that this is different. They told us that Granada was necessary! They told us Iraq was different than Vietnam! They told us that Afghanistan was only to find Osama bin Laden. Trillions and trillions of dollars were spent on those wars. We cannot even follow the money! Some men were made filthy-rich.

Is the military-industrial complex, of which President Dwight David Eisenhower warned us in 1961, real?

[Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged: Harper Collins, NY, 2003] “the combined interests of the military establishment and industries involved in producing military material considered as exerting influences on U.S. foreign and economic policy.”

Read carefully! Be watchful! Demand accuracy and proof! Follow the money!

“Although North Korea and Iran have cooperated on missile technology, U.S. officials said there is no direct evidence of nuclear cooperation….
“The United States was already concerned about an agreement between North Korea and Iran pledging technical and scientific cooperation…
“Further, both countries bought black-market enrichment technology from A. Q. Khan, the rogue Pakistani scientist accused of selling nuclear secrets to foreign governments. The two countries would almost certainly benefit from exchanging data on nuclear subjects such as centrifuge design and uranium metallurgy…” [Joby Warrick, Washington Post, 31 March 2013]


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1 comment:

  1. As someone has pointed out, in all reality we have been at war with North Korea for sixty years. All the wars you pointed out were never victories. Sooner or later one must pay the piper. A sad commentary on our military establishment and Congressional hawks.