[Marxism] North Korea

John Reimann 1999wildcat at gmail.com
Mon Aug 21 10:21:05 MDT 2017

Thank you, Gary, for your comments. But I'm not entirely convinced that N
Korea is simply really a proxy for China. If that were the case, then it
seems to me that the Chinese government would be sounding far more
bellicose than they are on this issue, rather than actually conceding to
the major capitalist powers. For example, I read that for the first time
ever they have actually cut off N Korean exports to China in line with the
recent UN resolution. Or, to take another example, consider what they are
saying in this regard vs. what they say concerning the S. China Sea
territorial dispute, including their man-made islands there.

Other comments?


On Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 3:44 AM, Gary MacLennan <gary.maclennan1 at gmail.com>

> Hi John
> I belong to the proxy threat to China school of thought (Oops).
> Admittedly, we do not have all the information we need.  I think that China
> warned Trump that they would not tolerate a nuclear attack on North Korea.
> That they would have done secretly. Publicly, they threatened North Korea
> with Chinese neutrality if North Korea attacked first.
> So a stand off has resumed.
> I do not put much store in one quote from Bannon.  The point is that the
> American state is fragmented and it contains sections that want a contest
> of strength with China.  Here in Australia when the "Defence lobby" appear
> on tv they are blood thirsty "all the way with the USA" types.  Yet China
> is our number one trading partner and we sold the port of Darwin to the
> Chinese!
> Now North Korea has directly threatened Australia because our weak PM said
> we would join any war on Korea/
> My own guess is that the corrupt cabal that runs China would like to ditch
> North Korea but they cannot. A nuclear attack on the North would be seen by
> most Chinese as the Korean War Act 2. We all know that Act 1 was aimed at
> China.
> comradely
> Gary
> On Mon, Aug 21, 2017 at 7:57 PM, John Reimann via Marxism <
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>> 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
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>> 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.
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