Who is the aggressor?
Published Jul 5, 2006 11:11 PM
What aggressive, militarist regime recently held war maneuvers in the Pacific
and tested intercontinental missiles that could carry nuclear warheads for 4,800
The wrong answer to this question is the Democratic People’s
Republic of Korea.
The right answer is the United States.
14, the U.S. Air Force held what it called “a quality control test”
for its fleet of 500 Minuteman III missiles. One missile traveled 4,800 miles
towards the central Pacific, and three test warheads landed near the Marshall
Islands. According to the Air Force, that was where they were supposed to land.
The Pentagon is supposed to have almost 10,000 nuclear warheads
At the same time, three U.S. Navy carrier battle
groups—including three aircraft carriers, 22,000 troops, dozens of fighter
planes and several heavy bombers —were assembled in the western Pacific
off Guam for the first time since the Vietnam War. They were supposedly engaged
in long-planned exercises with ships of other nations, but their presence can
only be seen as a threat to Asian countries. Right off the coast of North Korea
are the USS Curtis Wilbur and the USS Fitzgerald, both guided-missile
destroyers. That’s destroyers, not love boats. The U.S. also sent spy
planes on 170 missions over North Korea.
Remember that President George W.
Bush named the DPRK, along with Iraq and Iran, as one of the “axis of
evil.” Remember too that since 1999 the U.S. has bombed and occupied
Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Iraq, invading the last two countries. North Korean
troops haven’t left home.
The DRPK government has many times tried
to get the U.S. to end the state of war that still exists since the 1950 U.S.
invasion and the 1950-53 Korean War and to sign a peace treaty that would
normalize relations between the two countries. The U.S. always
Considering the U.S. missile test, the military maneuvers, recent
U.S. history and the constant stream of threats against the DPRK from both the
Repub lican administration and the Democratic Party leaders, it is quite clear
that the Pyongyang government faces a serious threat from the most belligerent
and heavily armed military in the world.
The DPRK’s tests on July 4
and 5 of its rockets were completely within that country’s rights as a
sovereign state. It is perfectly understandable for the government in Pyongyang
to take whatever measures it can to convince the rogue U.S. leaders that if it
is attacked or invaded, then the aggressor too will face retaliation. This much
maligned and attacked country deserves the support of anti-war forces around the
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