Obviously what is needed with regard to the situation on the Korean Peninsula is the emergence of a voice of calm and reason. Equally obvious is that this is not what we’re getting from the US. UN Ambassador Nikki Haley has responded to North Korea’s most recent missile test by threatening both military action, against the North Koreans, as well as economic warfare–this latter being aimed at any state refusing to follow American dictates by ending trade with the North. It is a threat particularly against China, North Korea’s main trade partner.
In the Press TV debate, below, one of the guests expresses the view that the US won’t attack North Korea because the latter’s nuclear weapons will serve as a deterrent. I hope she is correct in that. But also worth remembering is that the US, for quite some time now, has seemingly been attempting to provoke a confrontation with Russia. The only reason we’ve not seen World War III break out is that Vladimir Putin hasn’t given them the excuse to start it. Can we count on a similar form of steady statesmanship from Kim Jong-un?
The guest also seems to feel that the US government, for all its propensity for invading other countries, is comprised nonetheless of sane, rational people who don’t want nuclear war. And certainly there was a time when that would have been a valid assumption. But whether this is any longer the case is doubtful perhaps at best.
Another thing to consider in all of this is that a US attack on the North could serve as a “back door” into the open confrontation with Russia which the US Deep State seemingly has been pining for with each new military base and war game exercise on Russia’s borders.