Global Cognitive Dissonance in North Korea, a Made-in-USA Mess

The leaders of North and South Korea have done much to be thanked for
by Melissa Hemingway, staff writer,

The Good News: Peace Depends on the Two Leaders of the Korean Peninsula, not Donald Trump

The world is led by America in hate and disdain for North Koreans. America killed a couple of million Koreans in as many years at the start of the 1950s. The war never ended and the cease-fire has been brutal. America fears atomic payback from North Korea.

Americans have a racist approach to Asians in the first place but North Koreans don’t seem to score as high as humans to many Americans judging Trump’s tweets, general social media comments and 65 years of public commentary. Reading the gory bloody boasts of American military leaders from these past sixty five years about how many civilians they killed in Korea is enough to make one vomit.

But each ordinary North Korean the rest of us in the world meet is a beautiful human being. 

I think we are all South Koreans who love the neighbours. Sadly we are all collectively slaughtering North Koreans this past dozen years (while we miss spotting real lunatic terrorists using a military chemical weapon to murder Kim Jong Nam at  Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia).

We are conflicted.

Slaughtering North Koreans with crippling sanctions for over a decade, your government and you by their representation at the United Nations (SC) have seriously hurt eighteen million ordinary women and children who know nothing about you and have no ill will toward anyone.

Isn’t it odd that in the past seven years, no action with good result has been taken to stop the violent slaughter of 500,000+ in Syria while over a million people have died in the DPRK from starvation because of sanctions and blockades with claimed good intentions? Conflicted? Dissonance? Racist? Fear? Why?

There are 50,000 USA troops in Japan and 28,000 USA troops in South Korea at an enormous cost to those three countries. That must end. American militarization of Asia is going to run into a roadblock called China which has been polarized to action by American imperialism in the East and South East Asian nations. Both countries need to bring their weapons and soldiers home and spend their money on sustained human development in their own nations while helping to some extent other populations less fortunate. The domestic and  global economies benefit substantially in this paradigm.

Eager global military are jumping in to create a locked-tight blockade of North Korea, a naval ring of steel. Canada for example has sent one of its aging CP-140 Aurora maritime ASW patrol aircraft and 40 support staff but the USA and others have enough naval military power floating in the water to fight China in World War III. Of course that is not what it is intended to do. It is intended to invade and kill North Korea. That’s the strongest scenario that military personnel in East Asia tell us they practice. Pyongyang has repeatedly made this accusation as well.

The RINJ Foundation women are rightly furious that the human rights of women and children in the DPRK are so horribly violated. The blame is truly on the rest of the world. That some say the Kim regime is brutal and at fault is a reminder that our leaders have often been liars.

The UNSC should be dealing in good faith with the DPRK and all members of the nuclear-weapons club to denuclearize the globe. Kim Jong-un has said he is down with that. ‘Just give me America’s promise it will not attack my country’, said Mr. Kim repeatedly.

During Kim Il-Sung’s time, when the world was not imposing ridiculous sanctions, the North Korean people were well cared for compared to today. Kim Il Sung was the leader of North Korea from its establishment in 1948 until his death in 1994. Kim il-Sung began the nuclear program the world sees today nearing completion.

This is about guilty-conscience America not wanting North Korea in the nuclear club with itself, Pakistan, India, Israel, Iran, Russia, China, the UK and France. Belgium, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Turkey and likely others have the use of club members’ weapons, a cloaked form of proliferation. The fear of North Korea acquiring nuclear weapons is a mute point. North Korea is a nuclear nation and has not tried to deliver payback to America for its Korean War atrocities.

At some point, all countries must destroy their nuclear weapons and end this craziness. Until then, killing any number of North Korean civilians is wrong.

For the Record

One third of North Korea’s civilian population was carpet-bombed to death in the 50s and the Kim regime believes it could happen again. Since that time the United States has waged wars like the one in Iraq aimed at regime change that cost a million lives. The totalitarian Kim regime is afraid.

George W. Bush Named the DPRK and Iraq as part of the Axis of Evil and proceeded to invade Iraq.  Pyongyang took this very seriously. It’s pursuit of nuclear weapons was a legitimate and natural military path to protect itself.

Following the 2003 American invasion and subsequent decimation of Iraq, Pyongyang got more than nervous and put weapons development at the the top of its priority list. By 2006 it was ready to test nuclear weapons and missiles. It did exactly that in response to the scary example of American belligerence in Iraq. Was the DPRK next. Kim Jong-il wondered?

For decades the government in Pyongyang has believed, as does the population, that unless it has a nuclear deterrent, it could be invaded by the 80,000-person USA presence surrounding the quasi-communist state. When the US invaded Iraq, Pongyang was terrified it would be next.

North Korea has conducted missile tests in 1993, put the project on hold then reinvigorated in 2006, 2009, 2013, 2014, and 2017 in a bid to create a deterrence against US attack and invasion.

The DPRK did not start nuclear tests until 2006 which was followed by further tests in 2009, 2013, 2016 and 2017. Many historians believe this is a direct result of the fear created by America invading Iraq.

It was a legitimate fear. US President George Bush in 2003 named the DPRK as part of an axis of evil, which relies in the Christian evil deity concept, unfamiliar to the North Koreans.

Since 1950 when the north of Korea invaded the south, the United Nations has passed twenty seven resolutions concerning the DPRK. Since the DPRK’s first nuclear test in 2006, there have been eight United Nations Security Council resolutions which have stopped medicine, food and basic human rights for twenty five million civilians while military items seem to be available just fine as the successful progress of the DPRK’s nuclearization indicates.

This amounts to a blockade of the ordinary people of the DPRK who are not truthfully informed of what government is doing; who are subjected to constant abuse by  government; and who are subjected to constant abuse by you.

It’s human mental sickness. It’s called cognitive dissonance, conflicted attitudes that often lead to an altercation. When there is an inconsistency between attitudes or behaviors (dissonance), something must change to eliminate the dissonance.

History Makers: South Korean President Moon Jae-in & DPRK  leader Kim Jong Un on April 27, 2018

Thomas Han Hong-soon, former Korean ambassador to the Vatican, publicly noted late April to the Catholic Register that, “This summit [of Moon-Kim]  is neither more nor less than a first step in the resumption of a journey towards true peace,” because the North Korean leader remains an inscrutable interlocutor and the process of denuclearization is a complicated one.

(Note on USA motivation: U.S. defense stocks tumbled as a result of the Moon-Kim meeting — assets that jumped last summer when President Trump threatened to bomb North Korea.)

The world owes Mr. Kim & Mr. Moon a debt of gratitude. Did you hear the collective global sigh of relief at the end of April? Can we just let the Koreans sort this out?

As a result of the 27 April meeting of South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the two resolved the following in addition to some other minor issues that continue to unfold as more bureaucratic levels of both governments begin to work with each other and Messrs. Moon and Kim use their now active hotline.

  1. The two have agreed to meet again
  2. The two leaders have reconnected via a hotline phone which had been dormant for two years
  3. North Korea will shift its clocks ahead half an hour to unify the peninsula’s time zone
  4. Two Koreas agree to declare the end of the Korean War that has been suspended since an armistice agreement in 1953.
  5. Two Koreas agree to set denuclearization as a common goal and work together to make the Korean Peninsula nuclear free.
  6. South Korean President Moon Jae-in will visit Pyongyang in autumn.
  7. Two Koreas agree to stop a range of hostile acts on the ground, in the air and on the ocean.
  8. Starting May 1, the two Koreas stopped broadcasting propaganda on the inter-Korean border.
  9. Two Koreas will set up a jointly operated liaison office in Gaeseong, North Korea.
  10. On Aug 15, the two Koreas will host reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.
  11. Two Koreas agreed to reconnect an inter-Korean railroad on the East Coast.
  12. Two Koreas will jointly participate in the 2018 Asian Games.

In short, the meeting and its discussions provide the greatest ray of hope for peace yet to be seen in the 21st century.

The two signed the “Panmunjom Declaration” which is an accord for ending the Korean war (1950-53) and for creating a denuclearized Korean Peninsula. (Both North Korea and the United States have nuclearized the north and south respectively.)

Two Korean Leaders Will Proceed With or Without USA & Trump

These are their countries and their people.  Only these two men,  South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, have been cognisant of their constituents and have spoken for the people of Korea to which the United States has shown considerable dissidence doing its best to force the population of North Korea into extreme suffering in order to force the North Korean leadership to end the nuclear weapons program begun by Kim Jong-un’s father, Kim Jong Il (who had become terrified North Korea was next after George W. Bush threatened the DPRK plus Iraq and then invaded Iraq first–would North Korea be next?).

Above: April 27 summit: Key players of note are Kim-Yu-Jeong, Kim Jong-un of the north and Moon Jae-in of  the south. 

Kim Jong-un with some of the cast of a remarkable Pyongyang-hosted South Korean K-Pop/K-Rock show. Reports suggest that Kim Jong-un was delighted. No media attended. State-supplied photo.

Korean Triumph: Kim Jong-un of north and Moon Jae-in of south. Reuters photo.

The Starving People of North Korea Have Been Forgotten

Pyongyang is a place for the privileged in North Korea but like in many Asian nations, the provinces are in a huge disconnect in every way. Poverty, poor infrastructure and a sub-culture of have-nots and all that goes with that label is an Asian phenomenon and for sure a ghost that haunts sustainable human development around the world.

In the provinces of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), there is an ongoing fight with starvation and malnutrition. Currently it is a losing battle.

This past year has seen the worst ever drought in North Korea killing one third or more of its agricultural food crops. Meanwhile the USA has leveraged everything it has against countries trying to mitigate the starvation blockade of North Korea.

The Fight Against Starvation of Women & Children

In a few days the World Food Program‘s (WFP) executive director and former South Carolina Governor David Beasley is headed to Pyongyang to do an evaluation of food and hunger in the country. Hopefully the WFP will get at the truth and will respond correctly.

The UN has been shipping good rice and fertilizer for crops but sadly most of that reaches only the elite military personnel.

North Korean coal miners have resorted to mobilizing their children to raise money amid spiraling coal prices and concomitant salary losses, reports RINJ women inside the country.

“As the price of coal has gone down considerably, coal miners cannot earn what they once earned and are having a hard time making a living. Now there are kids as young as 10 years old carrying loads of coal to earn money for their families,” a resident of South Pyongan Province told Daily NK on May 1.

“Instead of going to school, children are coming out with their mothers to move coal to earn enough to survive. The kids are transporting bags of at least 15-20 kg of coal over their shoulders around five times each day.”

One bag of coal is sold for around 1,000 KPW (0.12 USD) in one coal mining district in South Pyongan Province, according to the source, leaving these workers with just enough in profits to purchase a 1 kg bag of corn (2,000 KPW, 0.25 USD) after a day’s work and transportation fees.

Numerous Harsh-Season Health Problems plus Malnutrition and poor Sanitation Related Health Issues

On 22 January 2018, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), DPRK reported a total of 126,574 influenza like illness (ILI) virus cases for the period from 1 December 2017 to 16 January 2018. Of the reported ILI cases, 81,640 were positive for influenza A/H1N1 pdm 09.

Due to the severe cold winter in December there was an upsurge in ILI cases. The extreme cold winter weather caused a protraction of illness and the spring hasn’t been much better.

Read: The-RINJ-Foundation-WHO-DPRK-situation-report-influenza

Hepatitis B and GI-tract parasites are among the most common complaints of defectors from the DPRK.

It all comes down to poverty.

Because of crippling sanctions the country has poor health care, not enough medicine, corners are cut on sanitation and food preparation and there is very little food. The public health situation in the DPRK is severe and an unknown number of unnecessary deaths are now rising due to illness, malnutrition and poor health care.

The condition of humanity in North Korea is a sorry reflection on the willfulness of the rest of the world. we need to all pray that Mr. Kima and Mr. Moon and the good people of Korea can put a lasting solution together for peace and prosperity on the Korean peninsula, and relieve global cognitive dissonance.

If you want to help, go to a UN web site and make a donation. The UN is grossly underfunded.

by Melissa Hemingway, staff writer,

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