159개의 게시물을 찾았습니다.
First of all, here's the quotation of the week (my top favorite... well, I really, really like it!!): If the south Korean puppet forces show any sign of the slightest provocation, political, military and economic, against the DPRK, backed by the U.S. imperialists, we will immediately react to them by the just tactics of wiping out one by one, eliminate all rubbish of the nation from the Korean Peninsula and build on it rich and powerful reunified Korea where all Koreans enjoy prosperity (source: "A military commentator" via KCNA, 5.25).
Yesterday's KCNA "reported" the following:
KPA to Destroy Means of S. Side's Psychological Warfare
As already reported, the south Korean puppet military gangsters have carved slogans for anti-DPRK psychological warfare on walls of MP posts in the Demilitarized Zone along the Military Demarcation Line and are busy resuming the loudspeaker propaganda as part of the said warfare.
The head of the north side delegation to the north-south general-level military talks Wednesday sent the following notice to the south side as regards the reckless moves of the bellicose forces of the puppet military to resume the psychological warfare against the DPRK:
Recently the south side frantically conducted the operation to distribute anti-DPRK leaflets despite our side's repeated warnings and, not content with this, is going reckless to resume even the said anti-DPRK broadcasting in the frontline area.
Such act is nothing but a deliberate and premeditated provocation aimed to push the daily aggravating inter-Korean relations to the brink of war.
If the south side persists in scattering leaflets and resumes even the above-said broadcasting, the Korean People's Army will be compelled to promptly take its strong counter-actions including physical actions.
If the south side sets up even loudspeakers in the frontline area to resume the broadcasting, in particular, the KPA will take military steps to blow up one by one the moment they appear by firing sighting shots because such action will be tantamount to a blatant abrogation of the north-south military agreement and a military provocation against the DPRK.
Moreover, measures will be taken to totally ban the passage of personnel and vehicles of the south side in the zone under the north-south control in the western coastal area.
The south Korean puppet war-like forces would be well advised to act with discretion, bearing deep in mind that such measures of the KPA will not end in an empty talk.
☞ North Korea Likely to Attack Broadcasting (DailyNK, 5.27)
☞ N. Korea wary of Seoul’s psychological campaign (K. Herald, 5.26)
☞ CPRK Declares Resolute Actions against S. Korea (KCNA, 5.25)
Today's 'top stories' in the int'l media:
Seoul resumes psychological warfare with Pyongyang
North Korea 'on combat alert'
Already y'day Korea Times reported the following:
NK threatens to fire at loudspeakers
North Korea threatened to fire at South Korean loudspeakers along the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and destroy them, Monday, if Seoul resumes propaganda broadcasting...
"If South Korea installs new speakers for psychological warfare, we will directly aim at them and open fire to destroy them," an unnamed North Korean military commander said in a statement, carried by Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency.
"If the South Korean traitors challenge our rightful response, we will counter with mightier physical strikes to eliminate the root cause of their provocation," the statement said...
Defense Minister Kim Tae-young said, along with other measures, the South would restart psychological operations against the communist North, including loud broadcasts of propaganda along the DMZ.
Kim warned of counter attacks if the North fires at the speakers: "If the North disrupts our psychological warfare by opening fire at loudspeakers, we will counterattack immediately,"...
Meanwhile, North Korea Intellectuals Solidarity (NKIS) reported today, “On the 20th when the announcement of the results of the Cheonan incident investigation were revealed, Oh Keuk-ryul, the Vice-chairman of the National Defense Commission stated on the Third Broadcast, cable radio for North Korean residents, ‘Chairman Kim Jong Il has ordered the entire army, the People’s Safety Ministry, the National Security Agency, Worker and Peasant Red Guard and the Young Red Guard to move to a war footing.’” (source: DailyNK, 5.25)
Well, it seems that we're approaching f*cking "interesting times"!!
Barely disguised as "just a foreigner's opinion" Korea Times published y'day the following piece of sh... : "Should Seoul Ready Itself for Korean War II?"
Quote: "North Korea is Korea's implacable enemy. They are recalcitrant, violent, and predictably treacherous...
The more I look upon this great and present danger, this large and looming evil, the more I feel my neo-con friends may have it right: we may need to reduce Pyongyang to dust and shadow..."
Looks like the ghosts of the past are greeting... But possibly it's still the wet dream of the S. Korean ruling class (resp. its most reactionary parts, incl. the LMB administration)??!!
At least it's a f***ing "great" opportunity for the N. Korean propaganda machine to exploit it (^^Good job, dear K. Times!!^^)...
☞ Seoul may cut trade with N. Korea (K. Herald, 4.25)
Asia Times(HK) published last week(4.07) the following excellent piece:
By Pepe Escobar
"We've shot an amazing number of people and killed a number and, to my knowledge, none has proven to have been a real threat to the force."
That was General Stanley McChrystal, supreme commander of United States forces in Afghanistan, late last month - during one of the virtual "town hall" meetings held with US troops every two weeks, as reported in the New York Times.
McChrystal added, "To my knowledge, in the nine-plus months I've been here, not a single case where we have engaged in an escalation of force incident and hurt someone has it turned out that the vehicle had a suicide bomb or weapons in it and, in many cases, had families in it."
So here's the war hero responsible for conducting President Barack Obama's "good war" in Afghanistan admitting on the record what really goes on at times in these checkpoints, while also shedding some light over those recurrent missile bombings of Afghan wedding parties.
Since Obama's summer 2009 surge in Afghanistan, US and North Atlantic Treaty Organization troops killed 30 and wounded more than 80 Afghans in convoy and checkpoint shootings; that's only the "official", documented list.
McChrystal's spokesman, Tadd Sholtis, said the general was basically using his comments to urge his soldiers to exercise "courageous restraint". Public opinion in the Pentagon-defined "arc of instability" from the Middle East to Central Asia may see it for what it is: the "rules of engagement" for a Pentagon serially engaged in perpetrating "collateral damage".
'Look at those dead bastards'
The direct connection between the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the prevailing "shoot an amazing number of people" rules of engagement in both, has just been provided by the small, independent Wikileaks website.
This Monday, Wikileaks released an up-to-now secret, decrypted air strike video of a massacre of civilians in the southeastern suburb of New Baghdad on July 12, 2007, conducted by the 30mm cannon fire of Apache helicopters. The website said the video and supporting documents were offered by "military whistleblowers".
Wikileaks calls it "Collateral Murder" (see the video at www.collateralmurder.com) . This is definitely not Academy Award winner The Hurt Locker - where American soldiers are selfless heroes and Iraqis are faceless ghosts. This is real life - with American soldiers as video game killers and Iraqis as corpses. These are the kind of heroes who mistake a telephoto lens for an rocket-propelled grenade.
The video speaks for itself. Among those gunned down from above were Reuters photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, and driver Saeed Chmagh, 40 (both shot dead), as well as two Baghdad kids (both seriously wounded).
Reuters had been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act since 2007. David Schlesinger, editor-in-chief of Reuters news, released a statement on Monday saying, "The video ... is graphic evidence of the dangers involved in war journalism and the tragedies that can result." No criticism of the Pentagon, not even when all the signs point to a Pentagon-orchestrated cover-up. "There is no question that coalition forces were clearly engaged in combat operations against a hostile force," spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Scott Bleichwehl said at the time.
As a document of the tragedy and absurdity of the continuum Afghanistan-Iraq - and of a series of Pentagon-sanctioned war crimes - this video tells it like it is, louder than any anti-war manifesto published or broadcast since 2001. And no - it will not be running for Best Documentary Short in the 2011 Oscars.
"Oh, yeah, look at those dead bastards."
Last Friday: the Defense Committee at the South Korean National Assembly approved the government’s plan to send troops to Afghanistan(*).
Only one day later (Saturday): the indescribable huge(^^) number of 300 people gathered in front of Seoul Stn. to protest against the plan to send troops to Afghanistan(**)...
Well, here an argumentation aid for the (possibly) ongoing struggle against the plan:
☞ Hamid Gul: Taliban is the future (al-Jazeera interview, 2.18)
* Related article:
☞ Korean troops one step closer to Afghanistan (JoongAng Ilbo, 2.20)
Eyewitness account (by comrade "Dope") about yesterday's riot cop attack against the 'Anti-war Candlelight Culture Festival' (on the occasion of Obama's visit in Seoul and the planned redeployment of S.K. troops to Afghanistan) in Myeong-dong:
"I was there at the candlelight vigil, playing my guitar to sing 'put the gun down' (together) with (the protest singer) Byeol-eum-ja-ri-pyo. People were singing along with us, as all of a sudden 200 cops came in, started arresting people brutally, crushing the vigil, beating up people who were resisting, people were screaming...
It was like hell. It was like a riot cop party. They arrested 18 peace-loving people who were just sitting down and listening to our music."
☞ 경찰, '반전 촛불문화제' 참가 시민 18명 연행 (VoP, 11.18)
☞ 경찰, '아프간 재파병 반대' 시민 18명 연행 (TiN, 11.18)
Well, it seems that the U.S. and S. Korea are taking serious steps toward a genuine reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula (^^), as today's Yonhap reports:
Seoul, Washington round out plans to handle N. Korean regime collapse
South Korea and the U.S. have completed joint action plans to respond to a regime collapse and other internal emergency situations in North Korea, a ranking government source said Sunday.
The so-called "Operational Plan (OPLAN) 5029," drawn after years of bilateral consultation, dictates respective military responses by Seoul and Washington to several types of emergency situation in the communist North -- a civil war, an outflow of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), the kidnapping of South Korean citizens, a mass influx of refugees or a natural disaster, said the source.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source also noted that South Korea's military will play a leading role in enforcing OPLAN 5029, with the exception of the elimination of nuclear weapons and related facilities that will be handled by the U.S.
"South Korea and the U.S. had long worked on Concept Plan 5029 to prepare for a regime collapse and other internal emergencies in North Korea. Since its inauguration last year, the Lee Myung-bak government has pushed to convert the concept plan into an operational plan and it was recently completed," said the source.
"If the South Korea-U.S. combined forces intervene in North Korea's internal instabilities, the South Korean military will assume the leading role in consideration of neighboring countries, while the U.S. military will be responsible for the removal of the North's nuclear facilities and weapons."
He noted that South Korea and the U.S. will continue to complement and develop specific details of OPLAN 5029.
The two countries have expressed concern that the outbreak of an internal emergency in North Korea could lead to the transfer of its WMDs and relevant technologies to terrorist groups or other countries...
A great idea to create the Eternal Peace on the Korean Peninsula:
The United States is preparing for the possibility of nuclear war against
North Korea (Yonhap, 9.08/picture: K. Times)
☞ 'Allies complete N.K. contingency plan' (K. Herald, 11.01)
☞ Peace worries some Korea watchers more than war (Reuters, 10.26)
☞ Seoul Must Prepare for Regime Collapse in N.Korea (Chosun Ilbo, 9.10)
☞ 'US Braces for Possible Nuke War With NK' (Korea Times, 9.09)
☞ U.S. preparing for N. Korea collapse scenario: CSIS report (Yonhap, 9.08)
In the following interview with the German (bourgeois) magazine Der Spiegel(9.07), veteran antiwar/civil rights activist Tom Hayden(*) speaks about the coming 'storm of protest' over the war in Afghanistan, growing disillusionment among the U.S. left and the current re-evaluation of whether it is truly a 'necessary war.'
'We Won't Fight for Frankenstein in Kabul'
Spiegel: NATO air strikes called in by German commanders have reportedly killed dozens of civilians in Afghanistan. Do you think this will generate more support for your antiwar movement?
Tom Hayden: This incident will cause even greater opposition in Germany, where 70 percent of the population is already opposed to the fighting in Afghanistan. NATO's policy is unsustainable -- but the drive to escalate and to not appear to be losing is very powerful among politicians, including German ones. But our protest movement is becoming more vocal day-by-day, above all in the United Kingdom, Canada and Germany. I spoke in Berlin and Heidelberg during the Iraq war, and I expect to be back.
Spiegel: As a veteran of the protests against the Vietnam War, you know a lot about public resistance, and now you're promising a "storm of protest" against the US war in Afghanistan. What will that entail?
Hayden: The emotion that people are feeling is deep disappointment over the Afghanistan policy of Barack Obama and the US Congress, which now registers as a surprising 70 percent disapproval rate for the war among Democrats. Doubt will turn into dissent; it will manifest in congressional districts. The Democrats will find it hard to ignore their base. The slightest loss of support from the 2008 antiwar base will be very threatening to their electoral success.
Spiegel: How many activists have you succeeded in mobilizing so far?
Hayden: Change moves slowly, except when it moves very rapidly. A few traditionalists will march on Predator (drone) launch sites or on the White House gates. But this is deeper; it's about people expressing deep disillusionment after so much euphoria over Obama's election a short time ago.
Spiegel: Why is this disillusionment already so deep?
Hayden: Obama is caught between the social movements that made his presidency possible, including the anti-Iraq-war movement, and the Machiavellians, who are accustomed to running everything with little or no interference from the voters.
Spiegel: You seem to be saying that Obama should be careful about taking the support of the left for granted. How are you planning to remind him of that?
Hayden: We are currently organizing in about 75 congressional districts, where people still hope the president listens. The dissent in 75 districts will turn into 150 and keep growing when next year's request for war funding is presented in January. At this point, we have a unique situation in which huge numbers of people want Obama and the Democrats to succeed domestically -- but will not be silent about the war.
Spiegel: There is much more debate now about the objectives of the mission in Afghanistan.
Hayden: It is growing on its own, partly as a continuation of the antiwar consciousness that arose during the (George W.) Bush years. American casualty rates are higher than ever because of the fighting in southern Afghanistan, in Kandahar and Helmand. August was the deadliest month ever for US troops (in Afghanistan).
Spiegel: Still, the president might decide to send even more troops.
Hayden: The generals can't stop themselves from wanting more troops. That is happening even though it is now clear that we are fighting for a kind of Frankenstein client in Kabul -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai -- whom we created ourselves.
Spiegel: Prominent voices on the right, including columnist George Will, have now joined the chorus of people calling for a withdrawal. Does that help your protest movement?
Hayden: George Will seems to want the "white man's burden" continued by men with darker skin. His proposal to keep killing from offshore makes no sense, but it begins to rattle the Republican bloc. More important is the fact that Richard Haass, the head of the Council on Foreign Relations, has written in the New York Times that Afghanistan is not a "necessary war," thereby challenging the premise of the Democrats.
Spiegel: It's also the premise of President Obama, who uses that phrase often.
Hayden: I believe the "necessity" in question has been a political necessity among Democrats who fear being perceived as soft on terrorism.
Spiegel: As a veteran of the anti-Vietnam War protests, do you see parallels to the current debate on Afghanistan?
Hayden: In both cases, the US has profoundly underestimated the force of nationalism, seeing everything in terms of communism then and terrorism now. Escalation was always chosen in order to not lose.
☞ Afghan war reaches a tipping point (Asia Times, 9.09)
* Tom Hayden, 69, is one of the most famous antiwar activists in the United States. In the 1960s, Hayden was active in the civil rights movement and a leading organizer of the protests against the Vietnam War. He attracted global attention when he and his future wife, actress Jane Fonda, travelled to North Vietnam and Cambodia during the war.