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There was also no mention by ANSWER of Pyongyang’s revelation of a new uranium enrichment facility at its Yongbyon nuclear complex just days before it opened fire on Yeonpyeong. North Korea has conducted nuclear weapons tests and has fired long-range ballistic missiles in the direction of Japan. A group truly concerned about “ending war” should be appalled by the proliferation of nuclear weapons and their delivery systems. But, of course, peace is not what ANSWER is about. Its aim is the defeat of American “imperialism” and it will embrace the cause of any group or country, from Islamic jihadists to Cold War communists, if they are acting against the United States. Given ANSWER’s deep roots in the Marxist Left, it is undoubtedly happy to have a new Korean crisis that allows it to again embrace fellow Stalinists.
As the ANSWER statement put it, “The real purpose of this monstrous military machine is to secure and further the interests of the U.S. corporate power and strategic domination in Asia and around the world. It is the enemy of the people of Korea, China, Japan and the people of the United States.”
Other leftists are parroting the ANSWER line. Justin Raimondo does so at Antiwar.com, concluding, “There is but one solution to the Korean conundrum: the complete withdrawal of U.S. troops, who are being held hostage, in any event, by the prospect of a North Korean nuclear strike. Do we really want to sacrifice some 20,000 American soldiers on the altar of our cold war prerogatives? Without U.S. interference, the two Koreas would have reunified long ago.” Raimondo thus hits upon the motive for Pyongyang’s nuclear program: support for aggression to finally “win” the war it started in 1950. In this respect, appeasement and withdrawal is not an “anti-war” posture, it is a “pro-war” posture, as it would mean the abandonment of deterrence and an open invitation to invasion.
South Korea is an economic and political success story compared to the starvation and oppression that exists north of the 38th Parallel. It is an example of the benefits of an alliance with the United States, whose power has been indispensible to the unmatched progress of the “free world” for more than half a century.
Such an interpretation of history is unacceptable to those who hate America for its success. Bruce Gagnon, coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, opposes a missile defense network that would defend against nuclear weapons flying through space to attack American or allied targets. He writes, “The U.S. is outfitting Navy Aegis destroyers with ‘missile defense’ systems and activists in South Korea and Japan clearly understand the role of these warships in U.S. military strategy. The U.S. intends to use these MD systems to pick-off retaliatory strikes after a Pentagon first-strike attack on North Korea or China.”
Gagnon’s view of the past is also warped. He argues, “China must support North Korea because if that country is toppled then the U.S. would put military bases right on China’s border. This was an important reason for the Korean War in the first place, the U.S. wanted to take control of the entire Korean peninsula and thus have bases right alongside Russia and China.” Yet, the true origin of the war was that North Korea, backed by the USSR and PRC, tried to unify the peninsula by force in 1950 so Communist bases could be built closer to Japan.
The Cold War never ended in Northeast Asia; and neither ideology nor history have come to an end. The current crisis reveals again the domestic Left’s disloyalty to America and its alignment with the nation’s foreign adversaries.
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