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However, today it isn’t “All Quiet on the Western Front” … Fires rage across the United States of America, in cities people are angry; wars are raging across the global landscape; Governments are finding it increasingly difficult to control people.

“Im Westen nichts Neues” Erich Maria Remarque, 1929

The year 2020 is significant, not only for those with 20-20 vision: The 21st Century is in its 21st year. Whether or not one focuses on numerology, psychology, pathology, science and fiction, it is clear humanity is experiencing a dynamic flux point. As human beings we are manifestations of our environments. With heightened awareness comes greater responsibility.

“All is not Quiet on the Western Front” James With, 2020

Artificial intelligence is already on display and in practice; human ignorance is the fuel that feeds the narrative and drives the machines, gaining ever great powers and controls over humanity. Neural networks, artificial and biological, are the coded cells driving AI, filtering actions, reactions, causes and courses, creating pandemic and pandemonium alike.

This Pathological Deception has no boundaries; NASA with the help of Space X sent men away from planet Earth in a corollary of meaningless exuberance, a distraction from the most pressing puzzles of our own existence. The solutions are in our minds; the stars have existed long before our planet was formed. There are no limits, there is no rhyme and reason, only methods applied repetitively, mixed and rehashed in endless, timeless geopolitical ground loops and thermal radiation clusters.

Run Lu Xun run; life is not like a box of chocolate; watch before it’s too late, data deletion and removal is accelerating. Many will attempt to sweet talk and deceive.

You wouldn’t believe me if I told you… Life is a video gamer’s paradise, and the thinking persons Hell on Earth… there is no escaping reality; there is only hope for humanity.

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First published on Sunday, 31st May 2020

Where does one begin to hide when the enemy is living inside? How do you secure things? What does it take to defend your family and loved ones, animals and livelihoods from the menace within?

An airborne, highly contagious biological weapon developed and spread via a network of shadow operatives and laboratories; scientists, engaged and manipulated by rogue military agents, dangerous research kept secret by Governments, compounding systemic risks, and States petrified of losing control of their citizens, economies, finances, and markets.

A Natural Regressive Approach Against Humanity

Pathological Deception ... A natural regressive approach against humanity.

Pathological DeceptionA natural regressive approach against humanity… Zooming in on the use of Bio-Weapons after 9/11.

James With has developed an original concept piece that is based upon extensive research that delves deep into the convoluted and interwoven webs of cyber warfare, darkness and evil that interconnect countries, Governments, States secrets, rogue agents, military personnel, scientists and viral pathogens, manipulated to create terrifying weapons of mass destruction that have been unleashed on humanity.

The treatment is designed as a television series, and would work equally as effectively as a feature length motion picture.

Production partners are being sourced to produce the project in association with writer and producer James With and TRI-US Entertainment.

Expressions of interest can be made to Stark Networks, which is handling negotiations, contracting and private client investment for the project.

TRI-US ENTERTAINMENT
“Partnering With the World to Create Entertainment”

COVID Saloon

COVID Saloon … we’ll meet again…

JAMES WITH

JAMES WITH, May 25 · 2 min read

We’ll meet again, out of sight, out of mindlessness, without spite, and out of range … touching on what matters … and we certainly won’t be looking at each other from a distance, or peering through some Venere of planetary panning …

“COVID Saloon” by James With

Let’s face it… we all know the power games, just some aren’t willing to accept the reality of the abnormal, the abysmal and the labyrinth of life’s pathogens, paving ways of fiction against a backdrop of pathetic reality… the wars, the abuses, poverty and portrayals, whores of money, addicts of power… Abacus, Backgammon, Chess, Go, Monopoly, Mahjong… nuclear, nucleus, pathological, psychological…

“WWIII 2.1” by James With

Mark to market, smash the markets, manipulate, recalculate, emasculate, gesticulate, infiltrate, castrate, castagate … blame, frame, inflame, with all the more unreason, treason, to infuriate, conflagrate, agitate, poison minds over matters, matter of fact without truth…

“Look Behind You” by James With

I see it differently, let’s discuss it privately before going public? Doing what you want to do, doing it well, excelling and following your beliefs, is success in itself, which will determine which obligations, invitations, and people you want to be responsible for and/or share time with, be it mentoring, minding, relaying or relaxing … doing what you want is what makes one truly successful.

It’s important to find balance, keep moving, keep spinning and rotating the mind amidst the cacophony of noise, to grow and nurture, nourish and provide, be it wisdom, wealth and/or worry…

“Reflection in Vienna” by James With

For Those Who are FrustratedFor those who are frustrated

By James Wearing Smith, 9th May 2020

For those who are frustrated, confused and perhaps feeling lost or scared today and who may like to put their present predicament into a brief historical perspective, reflection can be a great health benefit, possibly better than any spurious vaccine, and certainly better than watching the latest drama series peppered with inuendo and conditioning dialogue.

Imagine you if were born in 1900 …  At the age of 14, World War I; you’re witnessing the beginning of a brutal and vicious war said to last until you are 18; they say 22 million people died in WWI. At the end of the year, an epidemic known as the Spanish flu hits the planet and lasts until your 20th year in life;  they say, 50 million people died from influenza in those two years. In 1929, by which time you’re 29, the Great Depression begins: Unemployment reaches 25%, world GDP falls 27% and the challenges persist until you’re at least 33 years old.

History books say the world almost collapses; the world economy generated multitudes of unemployed and hopelessness (a bit like today). By the time you’re 39 years old, World War II begins (and you’re probably thinking ‘Why is all this happening in my lifetime?’).

By your 41st birthday, the United States enters WWII. Between the ages of 39 and 45 years old, if you were one of the “chosen ones”, you get drafted into the military to fight against people the Government says are your enemies; you are forced to assist the ‘Global War Effort’ (often against one’s personal wishes), and if you are really “lucky”, you actually survive; they say 75 million people died in that war.

Close to your 50th birthday, the Korean War begins; they say, 5 million died. At 55, the American War (aka Vietnam War) begins and does not end for 20 years: they say, 4 million people are declared officially dead in that conflict.

By the time you are 62, you are witnessing the Cuban Missile Crisis and threats of nuclear Armageddon and the Cold War. Russia and the USA, at loggerheads, however ‘miraculously’ the leaders step back from their seemingly intractable positions, and the world doesn’t end.

Life on our planet as we know it might have ended then, but here we are alive and still fighting wars, decades later. If you’re still alive, you’ve attained the age of 75, and US President Richard Nixon declares the Vietnam War to be over and pulled their troops out very quickly.

More Black Ops, covert wars and “hot wars” have erupted since and propagated the planet; African countries, Afghanistan, Columbia, Middle Eastern countries, Iraq, Libya, Syria, and on… Propaganda, lies, Fake News and media manipulation spirals to a level to make you want to shut off and shut out everything coming into your personal space… now, you’re being told a global pandemic virus, which attacks everyone with elderly people more susceptible to dying from disease could wipe you out. You’re being told to stay in-doors and when venturing outside you’re being persecuted if you come into physical contact with others.

You’re thinking, I’ve made it this far, I’m tired and I need a rest… I’m getting old, I am old, I’m 120  years old!

And yet, because you’ve made it all this way, you’re also thinking… “This is nonsense, if I die, it’s because it’s my time to move on. Many haven’t lived as long!” Difficult times create strong men and women, strong people and communities create harmony.

When times are easy, people often become lazy, ignorant and fragile. Those who contribute to creating the difficult times are not to be admired. Those who have fought through difficult times, and those who overcame the difficulties and challenges and survived are the real heroes.

Life is a cycle and we will have to go through our own difficult times, we can choose to fight, we can choose to do this together and we can choose to remain strong in order to create lasting peace and prosperity for all … Look back on the past, learn from it, and work together to keep building a truly nicer, happier, cleaner, more transparent world for future generations.

James With, 9th May 2020

WWIII

WWIII

One Worl Together At Home

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One World: Together At Home
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One World: Together At Home Special to Celebrate COVID-19 Workers

A COVID-19 Operation

In late July 2019 whilst discussing global trends and movements in financial markets with a friend, I made a prediction that the next Global Financial Crisis was just about to commence.

That prediction was long before anyone outside of science laboratories had begun to talk about coronavirus or COVID-19 as the WHO has named it recently.

COVID-19

COVID-19 up close and personal

Now, we see the virus spreading around the globe, and despite China’s efforts to contain the infection by locking down the country, state by state, city by city, business by business, and home by home, as well as imposing stricter health, hygiene and quarantine laws, the spread is not contained.  The rapid spread across the world has been helped by efficient transportation networks, from airlines, railways and shipping routes. It is almost impossible to shut these down without causing mass starvation and an ever more dire situation in terms of health and security.

Last updated: February 25, 2020, 02:50 GMT the numbers tell only a partial story.

Coronavirus Cases: 80,150,
Official Recorded Deaths: 2,701,
Officially Considered Recovered: 27,596

Reference: Worldometer

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Wuhan – COVID-19 begins to spread.

20200225 Western Markets Summary

Western Markets Monday, 24th February 2020

The world is being rocked to its core and people are yet to realise the full impact on their lives; global supply chains, manufacturing, financial markets, logistics, and every aspect of business and life will be affected.

The time has now come to take every precaution you can to live to stay alive and safe… to be continued… keep reading, keep learning, and keep sharing …

Follow the Event Horizon – COVID-19 link to see modelling on the spread of COVID-19

The computational model estimates the

  1. Relative import risk
  2. Most probable spreading routes
  3. Relative arrival time

for airports, countries, and continental regions worldwide, and dives into further details with sections on Relative import risk, Most probable spreading routes, Effective distance and expected arrival time.

An interactive visualization of the most probable routes and effective distances is offered in the Route Analysis & Effective Distance section.

References & resources

 

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster (福島第一原子力発電所事故 Fukushima Dai-ichi ( pronunciation: genshiryoku hatsudensho jiko) was an energy accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in ŌkumaFukushima Prefecture, initiated primarily by the tsunami following the Tōhoku earthquake on 11 March 2011.

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The research continues at break-neck speed, but will we have time to save planet Earth and humanity from the path being forged by the Cryptoborgs?

Immediately after the earthquake, the active reactors automatically shut down their sustained fission reactions. However, the tsunami disabled the emergency generators that would have provided power to control and operate the pumps necessary to cool the reactors. The insufficient cooling led to three nuclear meltdownshydrogen-air explosions, and the release of radioactive material in Units 1, 2 and 3 from 12 March to 15 March. Loss of cooling also raised concerns over the recently loaded spent fuel pool of Reactor 4, which increased in temperature on 15 March due to the decay heat from the freshly added spent fuel rods but did not boil down to exposure.

Enter the Cryptoborgs, laboratory and field tested and expendable. Advanced computer systems with Artificial Intelligence (AI) and radiation resistant materials. Things went quiet, the world was seemingly left in the dark, media and associated press advised readers to wait whilst officials worked to complete assessments of the causes and extent of damage to the nuclear facility. From an observers perspective, it was obvious a humanitarian disaster had occurred, and even more obvious that a lot was being covered up, twisted and manipulated to ulterior agendas.

On 5 July 2012, not surprisingly, the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission (NAIIC) found that the causes of the accident had been foreseeable, and that the plant operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), had failed to meet basic safety requirements such as risk assessment, preparing for containing collateral damage, and developing evacuation plans.

On 12 October 2012, TEPCO admitted for the first time that it had failed to take necessary measures for fear of inviting lawsuits or protests against its nuclear plants. But, was there some other more sinister reason things went the way they did? As economies have been under pressure, growth rates at close to zero, have others been concocting new ways involving technological innovation in order to seek profits?

It is not coincidental, the emergence of superior machines has produced these AI organisms that have both organic “natural” and cybernetic “machine” parts. In other words, when people become cyborgs, they’re part human and part machine. The initial challenge was to overcome the radiation and make the contaminated real estate encapsulating the destroyed nuclear power plant valuable again. Discussions of Artificial Intelligence (AI) have created a certain amount of unease in the local communities surrounding the disaster site, and by those who fear it will quickly evolve from being a benefit to human society to taking over. Even Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have warned of AI’s threats.

Scientists have now created biological computers inside living cells. They’ve developed a biological computer that controls how cells behave,” says Alexander Green, an engineer at Arizona State University, who developed the technology with colleagues at Harvard University. “The cells go about their normal business, replicating and sensing what’s going on in their environments, but they’ve also got this computational machinery in them that we’ve instructed them to synthesise,” he says, and the new biological circuit works just like a digital one, it receives an input and makes a logic-based decision, using AND, OR, and NOT operations, but instead of the inputs and outputs being voltage signals, they are the presence or absence of specific chemicals or proteins. The process begins with the design of a DNA strand that codes for all the logic the system will need. The researchers then inserted the synthesised DNA into E. coli bacteria as part of a plasmid, which is a ring of DNA that can replicate itself as it floats around in the cell, that served as a template for the biological computer’s machinery. The cell’s molecular machinery then translated the DNA into RNA, essentially copying the DNA code onto a different molecule, which could then be used by the cell.

Engineering and expert mining companies were employed swiftly in the aftermath and technological solutions were called for as more and more people were diagnosed with radiation sickness. Advanced machines were required to dive into leaking and contaminated wreckage, involving complex assessment of parameters, a matrix of time, heat and pressure, that all needs to be contained, paid for and generate future revenues for sustainability.

It was only a few years prior that Bitcoin was born, supposedly by a Japanese man, but who knows him personally? Bitcoin was invented by an unknown person or group of people using the name Satoshi Nakamoto, perhaps a first generation Cryptoborg? The cryptocurrency was released as open-source software in 2009. In the years since other cryptocurrencies have emerged into the world, with Chinese, Japanese and Korean mining operations emerging as leading proponents in the field. Originally just viewed as a geeky magic internet money for nerds, and one may recall someone ordering a pizza with 10,000 BTC in 2010 and the thought may have been fleetingly whimsical? Of course that was then, and a couple of tech geeks would use their magic internet money to have a pizza delivered.

But we are now in 2018 and the world has leapt forward dramatically, and it is almost as if few few really see what’s happening? Crypto currencies have evolved since then into a full-fledged blockchain ecosystem. Projects are innovating at the protocol level allowing for immutable, permissionless, transparent, censorship resistant transactions, while doing away with the need for trusted intermediaries.

This powerful combination of technologies has given idealists and supporters of freedom a new hope across the entire globe. However, the proliferation of ICO (initial coin offerings) hype has enabled some company founders to pen a quick white paper setting out the details of their fundraising for a quick money grab and investors to find the next flip. People want to make money, after all.

Binance just launched their crypto-fiat Uganda Exchange on June 28th. You might ask why Uganda? The revenue will be much higher in established markets. Binance’s mission is to spread the adoption of crypto to the masses. CZ, Founder and CEO of Binance says, “Uganda is a much less developed financial economy. To get crypto adopted in a country where only 11% of the population has a bank account will take years of painstaking drive. You have to educate users, build the economy, and essentially build everything from scratch.”

Meanwhile, the vast energy requirements in running mining operations have driven many mining operations to seek opportunities in cost effective locations. Japan’s contaminated wasteland and other areas have become hot spots for economic “off-the-grid” mining operations. An example, nestled right between the Sea of Japan and the Ryohaku Mountains, the city of Fukui is not necessarily a tourist hotspot. But Fukui has started to become known across the world for another reason. Cheap rental prices and inexpensive electricity have driven cryptocurrency miners to the seaside city. Some residents are hoping more will come set up shop. A former lace factory in the city of roughly 250,000 people is now home to a bustling virtual currency mine. A Tokyo-based company called Alt Design is in charge of operating the 500 servers that should theoretically churn out about 200 Ethereum coins per month.

Looping back to reiterate the research continues at break-neck speed, but will we have time to save planet Earth and humanity from the path being forged by the Cryptoborgs?

 

 

 

 

“Oh, what a tangled web is woven when first they preach and then practise to deceive” ™James With 

There are so many evil people, misleading and inducing others in this world… human trafficking is a plague on humanity… and we must fight these fuckers and bring them to justice… 

Leap & The Net Will Appear

In early 2013, I was hired as a Project Manager for Children’s Organization of Southeast Asia (COSA). I had been in-country for two years at that point. For 15 months, I worked as the International Department Coordinator for DEPDC – Thailand’s longest-standing anti-trafficking NGO. When my contract with DEPDC was up, I moved from Mae Sai to Chiang Mai in search of additional anti-trafficking work. While I do not profess to be an expert in the field of human trafficking, I was in a unique position coming into COSA in that I had previous experience and had learned quite a lot from a large organization that, at the time, had been on the ground for 22 years. It did not take long to realize COSA had systemic problems. I discovered early on that COSA was not registered in Thailand, Australia or the US – the main countries providing financial support to…

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War is a frivolous waste of resources spurred on by frivolous greedy mongers…

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We are fighting in Korea so we won’t have to fight in Wichita, or in Chicago, or in New Orleans, or in San Francisco Bay.

— President Harry S Truman, 1952

Why has this tiny nation of 24 million people invested so much of its limited resources in acquiring nuclear weapons? North Korea is universally condemned as a bizarre and failed state, its nuclear posture denounced as irrational.

Yet North Korea’s stance cannot be separated out from its turbulent history during the 20th Century, especially its four decade long occupation by Japan, the forced division of the Korean peninsula after World War II, and, of course, the subsequent utterly devastating war with the United States from 1950-1953 that ended in an armistice in which a technical state of war still exists.

Korea is an ancient nation and culture, achieving national unity in 608 CE, and despite its near envelopment by gigantic China it has retained its own unique language and traditions throughout its recorded history. National independence came to an end in 1910 after five years of war when Japan, taking advantage of Chinese weakness, invaded and occupied Korea using impressed labor for the industries Japan created for the benefit of its own economy. As always the case for colonization the Japanese easily found collaborators among the Korean elite Koreans to manage their first colony.

Naturally a nationalist resistance movement emerged rapidly and, given the history of the early 20th Century, it was not long before communists began to play a significant role in Korea’s effort to regain its independence. The primary form of resistance came in the form of “peoples’ committees” which became deeply rooted throughout the entire peninsula, pointedly in the south as well. It was from these deeply political and nationalistic village and city committees that guerrilla groups engaged the Japanese throughout WWII. The parallels with similar organizations in Vietnam against the Japanese, and later against the French and Americans, are obvious. Another analogous similarity is that Franklin Roosevelt also wanted a Great Power trusteeship for Korea, as for Vietnam. Needless to say both Britain and France objected to this plan.

When Russia entered the war against Japanese in August of 1945 the end of Japanese rule was at hand regardless of the atomic bomb. As events turned out Japan surrendered on 15 August when Soviet troops had occupied much of the northern peninsula. It should be noted that American forces played no role in the liberation of Korea from Japanese rule. However, because the Soviets, as allies of the U.S., wished to remain on friendly terms they agreed to the division of Korea between Soviet and American forces. The young Dean Rusk, later to become Secretary of State under Kennedy and Johnson, arbitrarily drew a line of division across the 38th Parallel because, as he said, that would leave the capital city, Seoul, in the American zone.

Written reports at the time criticized Washington for “allowing” the Red Army into Korea but the fact was it was the other way around. The Soviets could easily have occupied the entirety of Korea but chose not to do so, instead opting for a negotiated settlement with the U.S. over the future of Korea. Theoretically the peninsula would be reunited after some agreement between the two victors at some future date.

However, the U.S. immediately began to favor those Koreans who had collaborated with the Japanese in the exploitation of their own country and its people, largely the landed elites, and Washington began to arm the provisional government it set up to root out the peoples’ committees. For their part the Soviets supported the communist nationalist leader, Kim Il-Sung who had led the guerrilla army against Japan at great cost in lives.

In 1947 the United Nations authorized elections in Korea, but the election monitors were all American allies so the Soviets and communist Koreans refused to participate. By then the Cold War was in full swing, the critical alliance between Washington and Moscow that had defeated Nazi Germany had already been sundered. As would later also occur in Vietnam in 1956, the U.S. oversaw elections only in the south of Korea and only those candidates approved by Washington. Syngman Rhee became South Korea’s first president protected by the new American armed and trained Army of the Republic of Korea. This ROK was commanded by officers who had served the Japanese occupation including one who had been decorated by Emperor Hirohito himself and who had tried to track down and kill Kim Il Sung for the Japanese.

With Korea thus seemingly divided permanently both Russian and American troops withdrew in 1948 though they left “advisers” behind. On both sides of the new artificial border pressures mounted for a forcible reunification. The fact remained that much of rural southern Korea was still loyal to the peoples committees. This did not necessarily mean that they were committed communists but they were virulent nationalists who recognized the role that Kim’s forces had played against the Japanese. Rhee’s forces then began to systematically root out Kim’s supporters. Meanwhile the American advisers had constantly to keep Rhee’s forces from crossing the border to invade the north.

In 1948 guerrilla war broke out against the Rhee regime on the southern island of Cheju, the population of which ultimately rose in wholesale revolt. The suppression of the rebellion was guided by many American agents soon to become part of the Central Intelligence Agency and by military advisers. Eventually the entire population was removed to the coast and kept in guarded compounds and between 20,000 and 30,000 villagers died. Simultaneously elements of the ROK army refused to participate in this war against their own people and this mutiny was brutally suppressed by those ROK soldiers who would obey such orders. Over one thousand of the mutineers escaped to join Kim’s guerrillas in the mountains.

Though Washington claimed that these rebellions were fomented by the communists no evidence surfaced that the Soviets provided anything other than moral support. Most of the rebels captured or killed had Japanese or American weapons.

In North Korea the political system had evolved in response to decades of foreign occupation and war. Though it was always assumed to be a Soviet satellite, North Korea more nearly bears comparison to Tito’s Yugoslavia. The North Koreans were always able to balance the tensions between the Soviets and the Chinese to their own advantage. During the period when the Comintern exercised most influence over national communist parties not a single Korean communist served in any capacity and the number of Soviet advisers in the north was never high.

Nineteen forty-nine marked a watershed year. The Chinese Communist Revolution, the Soviet Atomic Bomb, the massive reorganization of the National Security State in the U.S. all occurred that year. In 1950 Washington issued its famous National Security Paper-68 (NSC-68) which outlined the agenda for a global anti-communist campaign, requiring the tripling of the American defense budget. Congress balked at this all-encompassing blueprint when in the deathless words of Secretary of State Dean Acheson “Thank God! Korea came along.” Only months before Acheson had made a speech in which he pointedly omitted Korea from America’s “Defense perimeter.”

The Korean War seemed to vindicate everything written and said about the” international communist conspiracy. In popular myth on June 25, 1950 the North Korean Army suddenly attacked without warning, overwhelming surprised ROK defenders. In fact the entire 38th Parallel had been progressively militarized and there had been numerous cross border incursions by both sides going back to 1949. On numerous occasions Syngman Rhee had to be restrained by American advisers from invading the north. The Korean civil war was all but inevitable. Given postwar American plans for access globally to resources, markets and cheaper labor power any form of national liberation, communist or liberal democratic, was to be opposed. Acheson and his second, Dean Rusk, told President Truman that “we must draw the line here!” Truman decided to request authorization for American intervention from the United Nations and bypassed Congress thereby leading to widespread opposition and, later, a return to Republican rule under Dwight Eisenhower..

Among the remaining mysteries of the UN decision to undertake the American led military effort to reject North Korea from the south was the USSR’s failure to make use of its veto in the Security Council. The Soviet ambassador was ostensibly boycotting the meetings in protest of the UN’s refusal to seat the Chinese communists as China’s official delegation. According to Bruce Cumings though, evidence exists that Stalin ordered the Soviet ambassador to abstain. Why? The UN resolution authorizing war could have been prevented. At that moment the Sino-Soviet split was already in evidence and Stalin may have wished to weaken China, something which actually happened as a result of that nation’s subsequent entry into the war. Or he may have wished that cloaking the UN mission under the U.S. flag would have revealed the UN to be largely under the control of the United States, which indeed it was. What is known is that Stalin refused to allow Soviet combat troops and reduced shipments of arms to Kim’s forces. Later, however Soviet pilots would engage Americans in the air. The Chinese were quick to condemn the UN action as “American imperialism” and warned of dire consequences if China itself were threatened.

The war went badly at first for the U.S. despite numerical advantages in forces. Rout after rout followed with the ROK in full retreat. Meanwhile tens of thousands of southern guerrillas who had originated in peoples’ committees fought the Americans and the ROK. At one point the North Koreans were in control of Seoul and seemed about to drive American forces into the sea. At that point the commander- in-chief of all UN forces, General Douglas MacArthur,  announced that he saw unique opportunities for the deployment of atomic weapons. This call was taken up by many in Congress.

Truman was loathe to introduce nukes and instead authorized MacArthur to conduct the famous landings at Inchon in September 1950 with few losses by the Marine Corps vaunted 1st Division. This threw North Korean troops into disarray and MacArthur began pushing them back across the 38th Parallel, the mandate imposed by the UN resolution. But the State Department claimed that the border was not recognized under international law and therefore the UN mandate had no real legal bearing. It was this that MacArthur claimed gave him the right to take the war into the north. Though the North Koreans had suffered a resounding defeat in the south, they withdrew into northern mountain redoubts forcing the American forces that followed them into bloody and costly combat, led Americans into a trap.

The Chinese had said from the beginning that any approach of foreign troops toward their border would result in “dire consequences.” Fearing an invasion of Manchuria to crush the nascent communist revolution the Chinese foreign minister, Zhou En-Lai declared that China “will not supinely tolerate seeing their neighbors invaded by the imperialists.” MacArthur sneered at this warning. “… They have no airforce…if the Chinese tried to get down to Pyongyang there would be a great slaughter…we are the best.” He then ordered airstrikes to lay waste thousands of square miles of northern Korea bordering China and ordered infantry divisions ever closer to its border.

It was the terrible devastation of this bombing campaign, worse than anything seen during World War II short of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that to this day dominates North Korea’s relations with the United States and drives its determination never to submit to any American diktat.

General Curtis Lemay directed this onslaught. It was he who had firebombed Tokyo in March 1945 saying it was “about time we stopped swatting at flies and gone after the manure pile.” It was he who later said that the US “ought to bomb North Vietnam back into the stone age.” Remarking about his desire to lay waste to North Korea he said “We burned down every town in North Korea and South Korea too.” Lemay was by no means exaggerating.

On November 27, 1950 hundreds of thousands of Chinese troops suddenly crossed the border into North Korea completely overwhelming US forces. Acheson said this was the “worst defeat of American forces since Bull Run.” One famous incident was the battle at the Chosin Reservoir, where 50,000 US marines were surrounded. As they escaped their enclosure they  said they were “advancing to the rear” but in fact all American forces were being routed.

Panic took hold in Washington. Truman now said use of A-bombs was under “active consideration.” MacArthur demanded the bombs… As he put it in his memoirs:

I would have dropped between thirty and fifty atomic bombs…strung across the neck of Manchuria…and spread behind us – from the Sea of Japan to the Yellow Sea- a belt of radioactive cobalt. It has an active life of between 60 and 120 years.

Cobalt it should be noted is at least 100 times more radioactive than uranium.

He also expressed a desire for chemicals and gas.

It is well known that MacArthur was fired for insubordination for publically announcing his desire to use nukes. Actually, Truman himself put the nukes at ready and threatened to use them if China launched air raids against American forces. But he did not want to put them under MacArthur’s command because he feared MacArthur would conduct a preemptive strike against China anyway.

By June 1951, one year after the beginning of the war, the communists had pushed UN forces back across the 38th parallel. Chinese ground forces might have been able to push the entire UN force off the peninsula entirely but that would not have negated US naval and air forces, and would have probably resulted in nuclear strikes against the Chinese mainland and that brought the real risk of Soviet entry and all out nuclear exchanges. So from this point on the war became one of attrition, much like the trench warfare of World War I. casualties continued to be high on both sides for the duration of the war which lasted until 1953 when an armistice without reunification was signed.

Of course the victims suffering worst were the civilians. In 1951 the U.S. initiated “Operation Strangle” which officialls estimated killed at least 3 million people on both sides of the 38th parallel, but the figure is probably closer to 4 million. We do not know how many Chinese died – either solders or civilians killed in cross border bombings.

The question of whether the U.S. carried out germ warfare has been raised but has never been fully proved or disproved. The North accused the U.S. of dropping bombs laden with cholera, anthrax, plague, and encephalitis and hemorrhagic fever, all of which turned up among soldiers and civilians in the north. Some American prisoners of war confessed to such war crimes but these were dismissed as evidence of torture by North Korea on Americans. However, none of the U.S. POWs who did confess and were later repatriated were allowed to meet the press. A number of investigations were carried out by scientists from friendly western countries. One of the most prominent concluded the charges were true. At this time the US was engaged in top secret germ-warfare research with captured Nazi and Japanese germ warfare experts, and also experimenting with Sarin, despite its ban by the Geneva Convention. Washington accused the communists of introducing germ warfare.

Napalm was used extensively, completely and utterly destroying the northern capital of Pyongyang. By 1953 American pilots were returning to carriers and bases claiming there were no longer any significant targets in all of North Korea to bomb. In fact a very large percentage of the northern population was by then living in tunnels dug by hand underground. A British journalist wrote that the northern population was living “a troglodyte existence.”In the Spring of 1953 US warplanes hit five of the largest dams along the Yalu river completely inundating and killing Pyongyang’s harvest of rice. Air Force documents reveal calculated premeditation saying that “Attacks in May will be most effective psychologically because it was the end of the rice-transplanting season before the roots could become completely embedded.” Flash floods scooped out hundreds of square miles of vital food producing valleys and killed untold numbers of farmers.

At Nuremberg after WWII, Nazi officers who carried out similar attacks on the dikes of Holland, creating a mass famine in 1944, were tried as criminals and some were executed for their crimes.

So after a horrific war Korea returned to the status quo ante bellum in terms of political boundaries but it was completely devastated, especially the north.

I submit that it is the collective memory of all of what I’ve described that animates North Korea’s policies toward the US today which has nuclear weapons on constant alert and stations almost 30,000 forces at the ready. Remember, a state of war still exists and has since 1953.

While South Korea received heavy American investment in the industries fleeing the United States in search of cheaper labor and new markets it was nevertheless ruled until quite recently by military dictatorships scarcely different than those of the north. For its part the north constructed its economy along five-year plans and collectivized its agriculture. While it never enjoyed the sort of consumer society that now characterizes some of South Korea, its GDP grew substantially until the collapse of communism globally brought about the withdrawal of all foreign aid to north Korea.

During the late 1980s and early 1990s, as some American policymakers took note of the north’s growing weakness  Secretary  of Defense Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz talked openly of using force finally to settle the question of Korean reunification and the claimed threat to international peace posed by North Korea.

In 1993 the Clinton Administration discovered that North Korea was constructing a nuclear processing plant and also developing medium range missiles. The Pentagon desired to destroy these facilities but that would mean wholesale war so the administration fostered an agreement whereby North Korea would stand down in return for the provision of oil and other economic aid. When in 2001, after the events of 9-11, the Bush II neo-conservatives militarized policy and declared North Korea to be an element of the “axis of evil.” All bets were now off. In that context North Korea withdrew from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, reasoning that nuclear weapons were the only way possible to prevent a full scale attack by the US in the future. Given a stark choice between another war with the US and all that would entail this decision seems hardly surprising. Under no circumstances could any westerner reasonably expect, after all the history I’ve described, that the North Korean regime would simply submit to any ultimatums by the US, by far the worst enemy Korea ever had measured by the damage inflicted on the entirety of the Korean peninsula.

(Acknowledgement to Bruce Cumings and I.F. Stone)

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