[Marxism] North Korea

John Reimann 1999wildcat at gmail.com
Mon Aug 21 03:57:06 MDT 2017


"Not since 2002, as the United States built a case for war in Iraq, has
there been so much debate inside the White House about the merits — and the
enormous risks — of pre-emptive military action against an adversary
nation. Like its predecessors, the Trump administration is trying to
pressure North Korea through sanctions to dismantle its nuclear program.
But both President Trump and his national security adviser, Lt. Gen. H. R.
McMaster, have talked openly about a last-resort option if diplomacy fails
and the nuclear threat mounts: what General McMaster describes as
“preventive war.”"
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/20/world/asia/north-korea-
war-trump.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&
module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

I am curious what comrades think as to the cause of this build-up. Some say
that it's simply a proxy for a "war" with China, but I'm not convinced. For
one thing, the recently departed Steve Bannon, who is a real hawk as far as
China, opposed a military attack on N. Korea. I know others who claim it is
simply a matter of opposition to one of the remaining non-capitalist
countries in the world. But present N. Korean economic policy is similar to
the economic policies of Gorbachev in the waning years of the Soviet Union.

I do think there is the concern of N. Korea spreading nuclear weapon
technology to a whole host of other secondary powers, including Iran.

John Reimann


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