[Marxism] Post-election, Korea?

Marvin Gandall marvgandall at rogers.com
Wed Feb 25 09:08:33 MST 2004

Today’s Financial Times says the Bush administration is going through
the motions of negotiating with North Korea, and will push for economic
sanctions which could lead to war after the US election.

The US needs to bring the Chinese and South Koreans onboard, but “both
are strongly opposed, fearing [sanctions] would lead to war or
destabilizing regime failure in the North”.

The Pentagon estimates a war would kill a staggering 500,000 South
Korean and US troops, and hundreds of thousands more civilians in the
first 90 days. The unspecified “destabilizing” effects alluded to by
Ward which most concern North Korea’s neighbours are their borders being
overrun by starving refugees.

Some analysts point to similar US threats in an identical crisis in
1994, and the resulting succcessful Chinese pressure on the Kim il-Jong
regime to freeze nuclear weapons development. But others note the North
Koreans are on the brink of permanently guaranteeing their security as
the world’s ninth nuclear power, and believe the US and others will have
no choice but to reconcile themselves to it.

FT (sub only) article available on www.supportingfacts.com

Sorry for any cross posting.

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