Mad Sad & Bad North Korea

In the usual  run-up of propaganda stories for countries that are deemed “rogue”, “crazy” or just “not like us”, and therefore worthy of bombing and invading or simply dismantling, we have the latest BBC interview with  an  “undercover”  reporter who  recently  “infiltrated” North Korea http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-22003715 and describes it as “mad, sad and bad”. Perhaps if the “journalist” had taken the time to read a little history, he might have had a somewhat  different view of North Korea and its motivations and fears. (It should be noted that the “undercover” journalist  went on a London School of Economics education tour of North Korea, as prescribed by  North Korean authorities; but obviously sufficient for the journalist to make informed sweeping judgements of all  things North Korean!)

Korea’s recent history might be seen  to begin with the invasion by the  Japanese in  1910,  as part of their bid to become a colonial power.  The  annexation of Korea was to last for 35  years until  the defeat of the Japanese in the second world war. It is noteworthy that  neither the invasion of Korea nor China by  the Japanese  raised any protests in  the Western world until Western interests  were threatened. The annexation was brutal,the Korean language was outlawed,  many thousands of  Koreans were tortured and murdered.  During the  war with China and the western countries, Koreans were drafted into the Japanese army and  worked in slave-like conditions.  The Japanese military kidnapped thousands of Korean girls and women and forced them to serve as ‘comfort women’ to be continuously raped by Japanese soldiers. Japan continues to deny responsibility for this brutality. Korean communists,   supported by  the communist  Chinese, fought a guerrilla war  against  the Japanese occupation.

Bruce Cumming’s 2010  book “The Korean War”  states that ” Among the most important things to understand about North Korean behavior then and now, is the longtime enmity between Korea and Japan. Japan took Korea as a colony in 1910, with America’s blessing, and replaced the Korean language with Japanese. Japan humiliated and brutalized Korea in other ways. (During World War II the Japanese Army forcibly turned tens of thousands of Korean women into sex slaves known as “comfort women.”) About this history Mr. Cumings writes, “Neither Korea nor Japan has ever gotten over it.”

North Korea, thus remains virulently anti-Japanese; both bitter and fearful of that country and of the United States. It will do whatever it can to stay out of the clutches of South Korea, whose leaders have long-standing historical ties to Japan.

With  the end of the second world war hostilities, Korea was divided up by the victors, without any consultation with  Koreans, with  Russia taking control  to the 38th  parallel  from the North,  and the Americans administering the southern part of Korea.  Divisions between the two “administrations”  increased, with the Americans firstly re-appointing the hated Japanese administrators in  South Korea and the Russians assisting communist   Kim Il Sung to  come to power. Later  in  the south, the Americans facilitated  the “election” of the right-wing dictator Syngman Rhee to power. See Jay Janson’s analysis of how Syngman Rhee came to power, and other US actions in Korea  over the intervening years till the present day, here

Supported logistically by  both  the Chinese communists and the Russians, and after various provocations and skirmishes from both sides, Kim il Sung launched a war to unite the two  Korean entities on 25th  June 1950. After an initial  successful  attack  on South Korean and American troops which  resulted in  the capture of Seoul and positions further south, the North Koreans were pushed back by American troops .  As a result of  a Russian boycott  of the UN, the Americans were able to obtain  a UN mandate to militarily secure the whole of Korea. However as they approached the Chinese border in October 1950 with the likely intent of invading China , Chinese army battalions staged a series of  surprise attacks, which  sent the ‘UN” troops south in retreat-ultimately ending in  a bloody stalemate.

The American Public Broadcasting  Service (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/bomb/peopleevents/pandeAMEX58.html) notes that  “The human cost of the war was catastrophic. In the first month of their operation alone, the Strategic Air Command groups dropped 4,000 tons of bombs. Besides high explosives, the bombers used napalm. In retirement, Curtis LeMay (a general in the US Air Force in Korea) described the devastation saying, “we eventually burned down every town in North Korea… and some in South Korea too. We even burned down [the South Korean city of] Pusan — an accident, but we burned it down anyway.” Estimates of the casualties vary widely, but there is reason to believe that besides the three and a half million military dead, wounded and missing on both sides, more than two million civilians died in North Korea.

While there were numerous atrocities committed by  the North Koreans during the war, the scale of their brutality pales in  comparison  to that inflicted by  the American, South Korean  and other UN troops. Cummings (2010) notes that  “There is no evidence in the North Korean experience of the mass violence against whole classes of people or the wholesale ‘purge’ that so clearly characterized Stalinism”.

Pyongyang

Pyongyang after the “U.N.” fire-bombing

In contrast  to the North Koreans and Chinese and Russians,  the Americans, British  and Australians  carpet-bombed the north for three years with next to no concern for civilian casualties.” The United States dropped more bombs in Korea (635,000 tons, as well as 32,557 tons of napalm) than in the entire Pacific theater during World War II. Our logic seemed to be,  that they are savages, so that gives us the right to shower napalm on innocents.” Cummings (2010)

Japan in Focus: (http://www.japanfocus.org/-Tessa-Morris_Suzuki/3444) notes that -”11 July 1952: the day when US, British, Australian and South Korean planes flew 1,254 bombing sorties and dropped 23,000 gallons of napalm on Pyongyang and its inhabitants. 29 August 1952: the day when the number of sorties reached 1,403, and around 6,000 citizens of the capital were killed.15 The bombardment of Pyongyang ended a few days later, when the US command decided that there was too little left in the city to justify the effort of attack.16 By then, 80% of the city’s buildings were in ruins.”

The  complete inhumanity of American forces in  Korea defies belief.

Now,  more and more evidence is coming out about the  American’s use of biological  weapons against  the North  Korean  population

The armistice agreement was signed  on July 27th  1953 at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)  on the 36th  parallel.   Article IV of the armistice promised, “within three months higher level meetings would be held to settle through negotiation the question of withdrawal of all foreign forces and peaceful settlement.” Those high level meetings never materialised because the Americans did not accept the outcome of the war.

The Ubuntu  Works Peace Education Project: (http://www.uwpep.org/Index/KOREAN_WAR.html) notes that  this did not happen ‘because the U.S. refused to meet, despite requests over the years by the North Koreans to meet anywhere and anytime. Over fifty years later the troops remain and no peace treaty has been signed. South Korea never even signed the armistice agreement. The 1953 cease-fire agreement provided that both sides “shall not engage in any blockade of any kind of Korea.” This binding agreement appears to be violated by the U.S. conduct to intercept and discourage the transport of goods, food and other materials to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea).” Note that sanctions have been in place by  the US and its proxies since December 1950 and are the likely predominant cause of a series of mass starvations in the North Korean countryside over the intervening years.

This lack of good faith bargaining by  the United States has continued to this day. As just one example,  Wendy Sherman, Clinton’s advisor on North Korea, had indicated that when they entered into the famous Agreed Framework of 1994, wherein the North Koreans would be trading their nuclear capability for two light water reactors and fuel oil, and in exchange for working toward normalizing political and economic relations, the Administration had no intention of complying with the agreement. The Clinton Administration believed the Kim Jong Il administration would collapse long before the U.S. had to provide the reactors. This lack of good faith in international relations surrounding a matter of such importance to the world would be against the common law if the breach of promises were between private parties.- Ubuntu Works-Peace Education Project

America continues to maintain more than  24   military bases across South Korea, while neither the Chinese nor Russians have any in  the North. The US presence  is both in defiance of the armistice agreement of 1953, and a constant provocation  and threat to  the North Koreans.

Since the ascension of Kim Il Jung to  the leadership  of North Korea, the Americans and South Koreans have staged numerous war-games,  with the March 2013 “Foal Eagle”  war games simulating nuclear bombing runs over North Korea in an apparent attempt to  de-stabilise the new leadership.

As Peter Hart at Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting points out at  http://www.fair.org/blog/2013/04/03/north-korea-rattles-sabres-meanwhile-u-s-pretends-to-drop-nuclear-bombs-on-them/, North Korea’s ‘sabre rattling” is directly attributable to the recent rash  of menacing war games and threats of pre-emptive strikes from the South Korean and US military war games.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/19/us-b-52-bombers-simulated-raids-over-north-korea-d/

I leave you  to determine who  then is the “mad, sad and bad ” one.

Its time for  the United States to  stop the constant war games,  lift  the sanctions, and start  to negotiate with North Korea in  good faith

As Martin Luther King Jr. said “Violence begets violence…and its aftermath is tragic bitterness.”

It is way  past time to  call  the United States and its ‘allies”  in  the war  against North Korea,  to  account for the genocide and years of atrocities they have committed.

Nothing short of the necessary  trillions of dollars in  reparations ,  and a full and abject apology to  North Korea,  should suffice.

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Postscript:

https://www.lrb.co.uk/v39/n10/bruce-cumings/a-murderous-history-of-korea

CIA Document Suggests U.S. Lied About Biological, Chemical Weapon Use in the Korean War

“A real flood of bacteria and germs” — Communications Intelligence and Charges of U.S. Germ Warfare during the Korean War

Saber Rattling in Korea-Cui Bono

Escalating Korea Crisis Dims Hopes for Denuclearisation by Jim Lobe

View at Medium.com

via IPS News

Of particular interest is Jim Lobe’s commentary from  Alan Romberg, a former senior State Department Asia expert who currently heads East Asia programmes at the Stimson Center,…who  pointed … to the adoption by the North’s Supreme People’s Assembly Monday of a new law on “consolidating the position of nuclear weapons state for self-defence” which laid out the legal framework for the country’s nuclear strategy.

Among other provisions, the new law states that the main purpose of the North’s nuclear weapons is for deterrence and that they can be used only to “repel invasion or attack from a hostile nuclear weapons state and make retaliatory strikes.” It also provides for cooperation with international non-proliferation and disarmament efforts.

With all sides seeming to climb further up the escalatory ladder over the last several days, defusing the ongoing crisis on the Korean Peninsula — let alone persuading Pyongyang to give up its nuclear arsenal as it once promised to do — looks daunting…read the rest here

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And the demonisation of North Korea goes on… 25/4/16

http://news.antiwar.com/2016/04/24/obama-spurns-north-korea-offer-to-suspend-missile-program/

It is becoming increasingly evident that US policy  towards the Korean  peninsula peoples has  always been to use whatever means necessary  to  create a hostile environment on China’s borders. As it was in  1955, the intent is to  create  a Korean  US vassal  state  that   will  permit the positioning of  U.S.  nuclear and conventional  weapons on China’s borders.. see this recent Brics report

Moon of Alabama notes  that recent evidence has also  been unearthed of large-scale experimentation with  biological    warfare against  the Korean population during the war. Read also  Jeffrey  Kaye’s detailed analysis of the Allies’  biological  warfare against  the North Korean population during the Korean War.

The destruction of all  infrastructure in  North Korea, and particularly hydroelectric dams  by the Americans also  caused a horrific human toll.

 

Fear and Torture in Iraq

A ‘restrained”  news article  by  Ian Cobain in  the Guardian entitled  “Camp Nama: British personnel reveal horrors of secret US base in Baghdad” explores in a little detail,  what was known to every  “allied’  soldier  during the invasion and demolition of Iraq; that systematic  brutal  torture was ( and in  Afghanistan -’is’) being  used by  the invaders to attempt to  extract information from  Saddam sympathisers , and subsequently Sunni/Salafist insurgents.

What is surprising is not that it occurred, but that now, somehow, British  soldiers are now willing and able to confess their supposedly  limited involvement in  this brutality. The report makes clear that  there was an ongoing method  at a senior military  and political  level in the British  to  firstly, avoid any legal  implications of breaching the Geneva Convention, and secondly to  threaten  or  cajole those who attempted to  speak out.

Perhaps there is some misguided belief by  those in  power in the US and UK that enough time has passed for  these abuses to appear as some historical  anomaly.   The reality is that  both UK and US soldiers are well  trained in  viciousness,  brutality and torture to those who  they  see as “other”- whether its the “commies’ in Korea, “charlie’  in Vietnam,  “gooks” or “towel-heads”;  the language is all  the same- to  de-humanise and legitimise inhuman behavior.

What  might be hoped for now  is that  British police will now immediately round up those military officers and politicians who would likely have been party to  this abuse, and put them before a court of law to  be tried as innocent before being proven guilty for complicity in   murder and torture. Is it  going to  happen?…..yeah right…

 

Anything Goes

In the immortal  words of Cole Porter, “Anything Goes” in  the international  financial  world these days.  And while we are not yet  again  in  the giddy  1920′s leading up to  an even giddier depression, we are getting damned close!

The recent financial management fiasco  in Cyprus are very real proof that  the international sector hasn’t a clue;  from the small-minded reporters who  rub their hands in  glee that yet  another “irresponsible’   national  economy has bitten the dust, to the so-called national  Finance Ministers who  gloat  that  other irresponsible countries will  suffer the same fate as the Cypriots and  Russian “oligarchs”  (why please,  are all  rich Russians  “oligarchs”?).

It doesn’t seem to occur to  any of these so-called fiscal  experts that that they have abruptly and completely ripped the guts out of the banking sector across the Western  world. Given that the entire international  financial  sector is based on  sleight of hand and “confidence’ that things can only get better; we now are all in  deep  shit. One’s confidence may become a little shaky when you realise that once   things go  bad (because things have gone bad somewhere else -like Greece), you are going to  immediately lose almost  half of your savings. But lets not forget the small  Cypriot savers  who  now are unlikely to  ever be able to retrieve their measly savings, and without a job, may  simply starve, as the inexorable decline of the Cypriot economy gathers pace.

But what is your alternative to the bank?-stuffing your money under the mattress?,  or in your little safe in  the mattress? (recently invented by  an  imaginative businessman from Spain)- no – inflation is definitely going to  make that a pretty poor option-assuming you don’t get robbed first.

Others see their saviour in  Bitcoin,  suppliers for whom  have just  announced the first bitcoin ATM  in – guess where? -Nicosia,Cyprus. Lets hope the internet keeps working then…

Undoubtedly  the Cyprus economy  is minuscle in  comparison with other EU economies,  but for some reason their Northern EU neighbours have taken upon  themselves to  scapegoat  Cypriots, presumably not realising the mammoth impacts of their actions upon  themselves and the rest of the Western world.

But then really-why  am I  surprised?; the basis of capitalism is short-sighted greed and folly- why  should it be different this time?

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Postscript:

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v35/n09/james-meek/the-depositor-haircut

Economonitor: Cyprus Reopens for Business: NowWhat?

http://www.economonitor.com/blog/2013/03/cyprus-reopens-for-business-now-what/

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The BRICS Expose the West’s Hypocrisy By William Pesek

Who do they think they are, these upstart economies, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa?

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Betray Your Bank Before Your Bank Betrays You

By Jonathan Weil 

What’s a Slovenian with several hundred thousand euros in the bank supposed to do? Spread it out among at least a few different banks, that’s what. Or move the money out of the country, while it’s still possible.

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Cyprus: We apologise for any inconvenience…

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-21965059

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The Syrian Connection

France and the UK are pressing  the EU for approval to   directly arm the Syrian rebels,  and for now, are being rebuffed by  fellow EU members. The reality is that  France (ex-coloniser of Syria and Lebanon)  and the UK  have been  arming and supporting the rebels since the war’s  inception via their “intelligence”  departments; either directly via “discreet”  arms shipments into Turkey and  Jordan by air , or indirectly, via weapons bought and shipped  through  the  hereditary (Sunni) dictatorships in Qatar and Saudi Arabia, with the CIA also mounting extensive weapons distribution and training  programmes inside Turkey and now Jordan.

Why then the EU request for direct  military  assistance of the rebels?. By committing  the formal  military networks that the various EU countries possess, into the war, Britain  and France will be able to seamlessly  pull in  the other European countries into  an ongoing military occupation of Syria/Lebanon to combat the extremist risks they have done so much to create. This will  create yet another combat zone where civilians  will have to subsist in  a land  without the necessary infrastructure of adequate food water and sewage systems to survive-another Palestine, Libya or Afghanistan  in other words. By doing so, it will  deprive the Iranians of one more of their state allies in  the region and one less supporter of a Palestinian state. This  will however also  inevitably lead the two  Shi-ite governments of  Iraq and Iran into closer alliance.

Israel, with its  rascist  government in  some dissaray, is wavering in its support of the rebels; havering between the  risks of having  Salafists on  its borders and having an opportunity to remove one more of its arch-enemies who dares to block its advance into, and occupation of,  “Greater Israel”.

On the other side, Russia is carefully supporting the Assad regime with  “top-up”  armaments and  training, and giving  moral  and tactical support through  its Mediterranean naval  exercises  out of the Russian Tartus naval  base on  the Syrian coast. Similarly Iran appears to be  using its informal military network ; the Iran Revolutionary  Guard or ‘Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution’ (IRGC), with the likely support of Hezbollah, to supply and train the paramilitary and Shi-ite/Alawite units supporting Assad. For now, China appears to be offering moral,  but not much  else, support to  the Assad regime. This is unlikely to change.

Iraq’s Shi-ite  government is also very keen to ensure that the  Salafist  groups (affiliated or not to Al Qaeda) supported by  Qatar and Saudia Arabia, (and rather more directly by  the Western powers than they would care to admit),  do  not gain  a long-term foothold in Syria with unimpeded transport lines to the Arabian peninsula and  Turkey from the Mediterranean and the Muslim entities of the former Soviet Union; thereby significantly  improving their  strategic position in Iraq.

As always, the Western powers are attempting a divide and rule approach; using their long term hereditary  dictatorship Sunni allies of Saudi Arabia, Yemen  and Qatar to  offset  the growing influence and power of the Iranians, and the Shi-ite disaster they created for themselves  in  Iraq. The risks of blowback this time however are even more enormous. The growing salafist influence in the Turkish border region and beyond, the growing  power of the Kurds straddling  so many different  ‘middle east’  countries,  the potential for a massive upswing in  Sunni versus Shite violence in Iraq, let alone the potential  overthrow  of the current Iranian theo-demo-cracy  with something unknown and likely more radical, has the potential  to lead to  the establishment of a real Salafist caliphate in  the region; with all its violent, expansionist medieval and misogynist  cultural impacts, and a  real “clash of civilizations” with the West.

Such would be the delight of the neo-conservatives!

And just  to make things slightly more complex!- it would appear the power balance is swinging-as the current desperate gas shortage in  freezing  temperatures in  the UK demonstrates. The  oil/gas-rich Sunni  dictatorships are acquiring considerably more leverage in  cash-strapped Western states then ever before, even while their own societies implode.

Postscripts:

Read Moon of Alabama’s current relatively considered take on  the Syrian  situation  here

Or Tony Cartalucci’s more radical  view of the  weapons shipments issues here  calledCONFIRMED: US Shipping Weapons to Syria – Al Nusra’s “Mystery” Sponsors Revealed

Or  Henry  Precht  at Lobe Log’s “Syrias civil war and its unintended consequences”

http://www.lobelog.com/syrias-civil-war-and-its-unintended-consequences/

 

 

We are all Immigrants

This post is prompted by  a comment on  Facebook  saying (paraphrasing); those who are truly English or Scottish should stop allowing new immigrants into “our”  country (the UK).

I am reminded that I too am  an immigrant,; some of my family immigrated to these southern isles  from far-off England and Scotland more than 150  years ago, but I am in  native Maori terms,  still not tangata whenua (people of the land).

Should we all then return to our “homelands”,  wherever they may be?  My guess is that  there would be none of the   current population of people living in  the United Kingdom , much of Europe and almost none in the United States if that  was the case. The reality is that  homo sapiens have always been wanderers, moving from place to place, from continent to continent, island to island, since we first walked on our hind legs.

Our little world
                     Our little world

 

These  borders that define the countries of the world, the pretty colours on the globe of the world, are simply fictional; defined for those who  need to collect  taxes,  define what  is “right” and “proper”, or control others in  so many  ingenious ways.

Don’t get me wrong, any Illuminati, Bilderberg  Group , or other global  world conspiracies, real or otherwise, are fortunately doomed to fail.  The incompetence, venality and sheer  stupidity of those who  attempt ultimate power is a salutary lesson to  the species.

But, when it comes down  to it; we are all just  visitors on  this little blue ball.  Lets all look after it-together.

 

 

THE BEES BAD KNEES

In  the last few years, New Zealand has seen  a massive decline in  honey bees. In my little garden  in  summer a few years ago, when all the flowers would be at  their peak, there would be many more honey bees than bumblebees and german wasps; but no longer. This year  the number of honey bees I sighted all summer, I could  count on  two hands.

“Uncontaminated ” research- ie not funded by  chemical  companies, has established clear correlations between  CCD  (Colony Collapse Disorder) and  pesticides  called neonicotinoids; chemically similar to  nicotine . The most common of these is a pesticide called imidacloprid. Two others are clothianidin and thiamethoxam.

However the correlations are not precise;  it appears to  require  cumulative poisoning over months and perhaps years for the effects of the neonicotinoids to  wreak  their havoc on bees. And as with other poisoning effects ,  the impacts on  the bees may lead to   a lack  of resistance to other diseases which  can not be directly attributable to the neonicotinoids. The EU has recommended a two year ban  on  the use of neonicotinoids in  specific circumstances, but that may go nowhere to  identify or address the issues of CCD. Nature is by  definition messy  and complex,  while man’s actions are linear and relatively unsophisticated. We may not be absolutely sure of the correlations-yet the results are very very clear and disastrous for us all.

As Jill  Richardson, in her How We Could Prevent Massive Bee Deaths and Save Our Food article notes at  Alternet, Although there’s little private citizens can do, beyond submitting comments to the EPA about these pesticides, contacting your representatives, and perhaps even getting your own beehive, you might be surprised to find out that these toxic pesticides are widely available for home use. Bayer sells imidacloprid in products sold for use on roses, flowers, shrubs, trees (even fruit and nut trees!), and lawns. Even the flea treatment Advantage sold for your pet contains it!

Once again  we see the power of corporates to distort  research, government  agency decision-making,  and the  truth; even while knowing that the results of their actions are environmentally disastrous for us all.

 

Cicada
cicada

 

Repeatedly, throughout the 20th  and 21st  centuries, we have seen the power of money over-ride the  intrinsic  value and beauty of this world’s environment,.  our co-habiting species and even homo sapiens’  wellbeing.  Like the cumulative   destructive power of neonicotinoids,  we are seeing the cumulative destruction of our planet  for corporate greed beginning to descend on us at ever-increasing speed.

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Postscript:

Read a further article on Activist Post by Heather Callaghan entitled, ‘Noid Rage & Angry Birds: EPA Sued over Declining Bees, Called on to Stop Bird Deaths

 

A coalition of interest groups, activists and beekeepers took the issue into their own hands on Thursday to slash the use of bee-killing pesticides in an effort to protect them and the future of food. Pesticide Action Network (PAN), Center for Food Safety, Beyond Pesticides and four beekeepers are among the team who want bees safe from the chemicals that include clothianidin and thiamethoxam. Even if it takes suing the government. How are they able to bring a case against the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) for this problem?

Postscript:

A further article on  this issue by  By Rebecca Morelle Science reporter, BBC World Service entitled Neonicotinoid pesticides ‘damage brains of bees’  or http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21958547 ,which beautifully articulates the hypocrisy and deliberate attempts to obfuscate by  the chemical sellers.

5 Astonishing Facts About Bee-killing Systemic Pesticides

 

 

 

Kill Anything That Moves: Vietnam and beyond

Peter van Buren of the Huffington  Post  reviews Nick Turse’s latest book Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam

Sadly, van  Buren’s parting lines are not about the  millions of tortured, raped,  and murdered civilians of that trail of “dark skinned’ countries the US has invaded over the past 50 years; it is commiseration for those few hundred thousand US soldiers who have been put  in “impossible”  environments  by those in the “highest seats of power”.

As van Buren notes: The issue is not so much how/when/should we assign blame and punishment to an individual soldier, but to raise the stakes and ask: why have we not assigned blame and demanded punishment for the leaders who put those 19-year-old soldiers into the impossible situations they faced? Before we throw away the life of a kid who shot when he should not have done so, why don’t we demand justice for those in the highest seats of power for creating wars that create such fertile ground for atrocity? The chain of responsibility for the legacy left behind in our wars runs high.

Every one of those soldiers had the opportunity to refuse to fight; every one of those soldiers had the opportunity to  refuse to commit atrocities- but failed to do so. The responsibilities for murder and massacre run at all levels of our white-skinned colonial  societies. The assumptions of superiority, of “rightness” and ultimately simply pure racism, are endemic at every level of  Western society.  They  are our sins which  cannot be absolved, and  for which we are likely to pay dearly once the tables are turned in  another decade or two, when  western economies will no longer rule the world and determine the ‘game’.

Even now, almost forty years after the end of the Vietnam war, the US government and most of  it’s  citizens,  refuse to  acknowledge the massive war crimes of at  least  a million Vietnamese deaths carried out by  the US in the name of rolling back  a fictional  red tide of asian dominos, through carpet bombing, chemical  warfare and systemic atrocity after atrocity.

It is time for all  countries to acknowledge that  for us all to live peaceful fulfilled  lives on  a sustainable  planet, that  we have no rights to control other human beings to behave in the way  we think they  “should” behave through force-nor indeed any  rights of force over any  other species on this planet.

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Postscript:

40 years on, Laotians tell of US war legacy  By MATTHEW PENNINGTON | Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Forty years after the secret U.S. bombing that devastated Laos, heirs to the war’s deadly legacy of undetonated explosives are touring America to prod the conscience of the world’s most powerful nation for more help to clear up the mess.

Note the casual throwaway  line ” The U.S. dropped 2 million tons of bombs on Laos over a nine-year period up to 1973 — more than on Germany and Japan during World War II.”

World’s Most Evil and Lawless Institution? The Executive Branch of the U.S. Government- Alternet by  Fred Branfman

http://www.alternet.org/investigations/executive-branch-evil-and-lawless

Executive Branch leaders have killed, wounded and made homeless well over 20 million human beings in the last 50 years, mostly civilians.

June 26, 2013  |

America has a secret. It is not discussed in polite company or at the dinner tables of the powerful, rich and famous.