By: Zack Duvall
With the world scrambling to avoid a full-scale, potentially nuclear, military conflict on the Korean Peninsula major policy changes need to be made and world leaders need to be held accountable for their role in the situation to a degree not seen in the piddly patty way the North Korean issue has been handled thus far.
First off, the issue of Seoul and its location within range of North Korean artillery needs to be addressed. Seoul and its citizens have become the most reliable protection the lunatic Kim regime has depended on for decades.
The Kim family figured out long ago that no matter how much the U.S. and its allies promised military retaliation or any significant form of regime change in the country for repeated violations of international law, that they would never actually undertake such action and its enemies are actually its best defense.
At some point this arithmetic on the part of the North Koreans needs to be changed.
South Korea and its leaders need to take responsibility for the safety and security of its infrastructure and people. Whether that be evacuation plans, bomb shelters and protections coupled with an increase in deployment of the THAAD system, etc.
They can no longer be allowed to approach the situation with a lackadaisical plan of action. Ignoring the risks and allowing a weakness to be exploited is doing nothing but putting the international community in danger.
All points of comfort need to be taken away from the North, including those that may cause slight discomfort in South Korea.
Trust me, Japan feels discomfort every-time Little Kim fires a missile in their direction, Guam was feeling discomfort worrying about an attack on their island, and the world will feel discomfort from a serous nuclear exchange with North Korea.
The next point of this multi-faceted showdown is that while tough new action on the part of the Chinese is a welcomed change to the dynamic, it should celebrated with alertness bordering on caution with an increase of pressure on Russia.
Let’s be clear here, China and Russia have a genuine interest in a prolonged, surviving and independent North Korea, even a North Korea with weapon-based nuclear weapons.
Just as Iran has become a powerful proxy in the effort to challenge American-Israeli influence in the Middle East, a tame North Korea could be an even more powerful proxy in another critical part of the world.
A tame North Korea?
Let me explain and start by saying it’s not as far fetched as you may be thinking. All China and Russia have to do to regain the “lost trust”, as Kim put it during his recent address, is to help the arrogant leader stay in power and save face if he does by some sheer stroke of luck come to the negotiating table.
From there status-quo would be back in place and North Korea could carry on its antics, but under the terms of an “international deal” that China and Russia could use to as a crutch to oppose any further U.S. or international action, just like the Iran nuclear deal.
See a trend here?
Speaking of Iran, has anyone addressed the issue of Iran and its partners following these new economic sanctions? Has anyone checked to see if China and/or Russia were funneling money and carrying out transactions with North Korea through Iran?
Again, this isn’t a far-fetched thought.
It’s a proven fact that there is already an Iranian-North Korean connection on weapons technology, what’s to stop that connection deepening to include economic and financial deals?
No amount of watchdog groups looking into the issue would make a difference anyway, do you really think Iran is going to open ALL of their books or even make all of their financial dealings public?
Remember, Russia and China have a lot to lose, but so much to gain in this situation.
Not only can they save face with the U.S. and the world community with these tough new sanctions meant to “cripple the North’s ability to fund further aggression”, but they can continue to work with an important proxy in the region through hidden channels and manipulate negotiations from backdoor means.
A true win-win.
The fact that Kim immediately took to state-run media just hours after China’s Central Bank announced its new measures to stop all dealing with the rogue nation to threaten yet another major nuclear test of an “unprecedented scale” in the Pacific Ocean raises questions on its own.
That’s a very stupid move for someone that liberal pundits say is a “mastermind”.
Unless he has hidden Chinese and Russian support.
Another important dynamic in this whole thing is the fact that both China and Russia skipped this weeks U.N. summit in New York, and Russia’s military is set to start a large military war-game called “west”.
The Trump administration is right to take a tough and aggressive approach to this potentially world changing issue. A common sense assessment of the history of the situation should lead to the conclusion that too many hidden political ties make true “talks” and “negotiations” almost impossible.
The two sides have too much to lose if they let the other gain too much.
China and Russia have made substantial gains in the world during the last 8 years under the feckless Obama foreign policy and are now facing pressure to prove those gains were because of their leadership and weren’t just the result of weak American leadership.
While at the same time, America is facing the same pressure, but in reverse.
Obama’s tenure damaged American credibility on the world stage, there is no getting around that, and Republicans, including President Trump, have been working hard to prove that those days are over. With North Korea being the first major test of American resolve and strength.
Nobody wants a conventional war with North Korea it would be costly in both lives, dollars, and materials.
But at the same time, nobody wants a nuclear armed North Korea as the Pacific lapdog of China and Russia.