Peace In Our Time And All That

Helen editors at TCLQ.ORG
Wed Nov 26 02:03:24 MST 1997

THought I'd share this with you all.  The perils of having a president
who'd rather bribe than fight.

This gives me pause for thought.  I'd been thinking of going to S. Korea to
teach, starting in the New Year.  Guess I'll go into a wait and see mode.

>                     28 November 1997
>                  Copyright 1997, Rod D. Martin
>                  "Vanguard of the Revolution"
>The announcement that North Korea will finally condescend to meet in
>Geneva for "serious" peace talks, just as Bill Clinton continues to
>demonstrate his total inability to bring prostrate, ruined Iraq to heel,
>brought to mind precisely one word:  Munich.  One expects Chamberlainian
>pronouncements any day now.
>Nothing Bill Clinton can do for North Korea will save it.  Kim Jong Il
>and his merry band of Stalinists know this.  They also know that playing
>the diplomacy game can buy them time for a winter invasion, and may even
>get them a few more nuclear reactors from our pusillanimous President.
>The situation grows darker by the day.  Since I last addressed North
>Korea, my sources on the peninsula tell me that border skirmishes,
>already frequent, are increasing in intensity --presumably to see how
>U.S. and South Korean border forces will respond to an invasion.  At the
>same time, Reuters reports that North Korea's internal situation has
>deteriorated so completely that vast numbers of North Koreans are fleeing
>across the Chinese border to escape widespread cannibalism -- yes, you
>heard right -- and that the Pyongyang government is trying desperately to
>stop black-market sales of human flesh.  The country is dying, the regime
>is on its last legs, and only one option remains:  take the horn of
>plenty to the south.
>Can North Korea win?  In a word, yes.  Today, what is certainly the
>world's most dangerous nation faces 700,000 South Korean and 37,000 U.S.
>soldiers with an army of 1.1 million.  Of these, no less than 100,000 are
>commandos, the largest Special Forces in the world.  Unlike their
>countrymen, they are well-fed and well-supplied, thanks in part to Bill
>Clinton's efforts at appeasement.  North Korea's generals believe they
>can use this force to conquer the South in a high-intensity 7-20 day
>campaign, completing the job before heavy U.S. reinforcements can arrive.
>Two hundred Scud-B and Frog missiles would blanket the ten U.S. and South
>Korean airfields with chemical weapons, while the large but antiquated
>North Korean air force would throw itself at the same targets in a
>suicide run.  The 100,000 commandos would strike these airfields and
>various other command centers by sea as well as by air from a fleet of
>300 AN-2 transports, nearly invisible to radar due to their fabric skin.
>Seoul's millions would be forced to flee their city ablaze on the very
>first day, and the world's number three military would race down the
>peninsula even as it neutralized bases in Japan and Okinawa, either by
>intimidation or by nuclear or chemical attack.
>Some question whether the North could break through the heavily-mined DMZ
>and the defending armies.  Perhaps it couldn't.  What is certain, though,
>is that the death toll would be extreme, and if the North did break
>through, South Korea would quickly be a memory.  The U.S. Army took
>nearly six months to deploy for Desert Storm.  Today it has radically
>less to fight with, further away from the scene, and maybe as little as a
>week to get it in the field.
>That an invasion has been planned for some time should not be news.
>Among multiple defectors in the past year, two came from the country's
>highest ranks:  former politburo member Hwang Jang-yop, the architect of
>North Korea's autarky and the highest ranking defector ever; and Chang
>Sung-gil, North Korea's ambassador to Egypt and Middle East arms
>merchant.  Both came bearing the news that war was inevitable, and sooner
>rather than later.
>None of this is to say that the North wants war; most likely, they are
>terrified of it.  They know that, despite all their advantages, they are
>still facing an awesome, gargantuan enemy.  But faced with rapid
>dissolution and no hope of survival, people do desperate things.  And
>Bill Clinton is doing nothing that might convince the North they cannot
>win.  A certainty of failure is the only thing that can avert this bloody
>Appeasement has never worked.  Isolated, starving countries with big
>armies have never failed to exploit weakness.  And Bill Clinton has never
>shown courage.  May God help us all.
>Copyright: Rod D. Martin, 28 November 1997
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