A few days ago in North Korea, talks between Trump and Kim Jong Un ended abruptly with no peace agreement reached.
None of this really comes as a surprise. The NK government has stated that they consider Trump and his crew to be nothing more than gangsters. If Trump really wanted a peace agreement, the very last person that should have been present is Bolton. Instead, rumors are Bolton made demands that went beyond what even Trump demanded. Demands that NK was not going to accede to.
Nobody can question that Trump was not trying to reach a peace agreement. He was seeking domination and subjugation. Yet the biggest mistake anyone can make is believing, apart from his brutish and uncouth behavior, that this is any form of change in US foreign policy. It’s no change at all. US foreign policy for many decades, basically the entirety of our history, has entailed the economic, political and military isolation and oppression of any country that does not submit to our imperial aspirations.
Honestly, that’s not much better than we treat our alleged allies. I’ve said before and will say again that the US government does not seek allies, they seek accomplices to our crimes against humanity. Our government seeks alliances to attack countries that have never posed a threat to us, enact sanctions that starve, deny medical treatment to civilians and cripple economies. The costs imposed on our “allies” can destroy entire industries in those countries and cause expenses they are not equipped for, causing decreased social support services for their citizens. We cause refugee crises which other nations suffer the effects from while refusing to accept refugees from the countries we have destroyed.
In the specific case of North Korea, they have not threatened any country with anything more than self defense for more than 50 years. Yet there has not been a time since 1953 that they were not portrayed as a global threat. Never mind the fact that it was basically the US that forced the country to split in two and installed a puppet government in the south after WWII. Never mind that some scholars believe the first shots of the Korean War came from the south and southern troops had been run out of the north on multiple occasions. Never mind that right now both North and South Korea want peace and denuclearization of the entire peninsula, not just the north. Never mind that it is the US impeding the peace process.
The truth is, if the Koreas find a path to peace and disarmament, then US forces will no longer have a right or justification to be there. More so when China has been far more instrumental in facilitating the peace process than the US has been.
It’s not a surprise that corporate media has been largely joyful over the fact that a 65 year ceasefire will not yet transition into a full peace process. Corporate media never supports a peace process because they are fully in bed with military contractors who make massive profits from continued international tensions. Some or all of them host advertising by military contractors. Are you going to buy something from military contractors? Your taxes do but are you going to buy a fighter jet, missile or tank in the near future for personal use?
However, with all of this the real tragedy is the fact that so many civilians are cheering for the failure of a peaceful resolution to a situation where the two parties most immediately involved want peace. A situation where we spend tens of billions every single year maintaining a military force in South Korea and conducting war games along the North Korea border to keep tensions elevated. Why? Because Trump’s name is involved.
We should not be opposed to a peace process because one name is attached to it. If anything, CONgress should be sending a delegation to assist in the process, spending time and money on that, rather than on over 80 “investigations” on Trump. If they did that, the effects of Trump and Bolton could be negated while the peace process could be smoothed and streamlined.
Not that we should in any way expect that from a CONgress who has opposed removing military forces from Syria while rages for “humanitarian intervention” (kill lots of people) in Venezuela to seize their oil. You know, the same idea Trump has but somehow they claim to be “resisting” him.
With the people we have in office on both sides of the aisle, our country will never be one step closer to peace. The wars will continue and expand endlessly. That is, until our economy implodes and we can no longer afford to wage more wars.
At which point the rest of the world will rejoice.