(Anti Media) It’s clear the Trump administration wants some form of resolution with North Korea. That resolution will probably be sought through military means. The US game plan is the same as it’s been since 9/11: preemptive war based on some unidentifiable threat. That threat has to be sold to the American people.
The first step will be to return North Korea to the state sponsors of terrorism list. The chess pieces are already being put on the board and US media outlets are already laying out the case for that action. Newsweek ran an article on October 28th including some very interesting passages. The outlet rehashed an article written in September titled, “The Warmbiers are right: North Korea should be back on the State Sponsors of Terror list” published by American Enterprise Institute, a DC think tank. This is the same think tank responsible for proposing the troop surges in Iraq.
The Newsweek article includes the passage:
“We see North Korea claiming to be a victim and that the world is picking on them, and we’re here to tell you: North Korea is not a victim. They’re terrorists. They kidnapped Otto. They tortured him. They intentionally injured him. They are not victims.”
It makes no mention of the vandalism for which Otto was charged. The article continues:
North Korea is not a victim. It is a terrorist state.
The article then goes on to detail a 30-year-old incident in which a South Korean airliner was bombed. Trump has already made indications he plans to place North Korea back on the list.
Once relisted, it will simply be a matter of repackaging the weapons of mass destruction fables that led us into the war in Iraq. There will be talk about North Korean agents giving nukes to terrorists. Even though a nuclear attack would be traceable to North Korea and would trigger a full-scale response to by the United States, the talking heads will attempt to convince the American people the attack is imminent. NBC has started the rhetoric already:
“The chance that North Korea might provide jihadis with some of their chemical or nuclear capability is a huge concern at the moment,”
However, in that same article, it highlights the biggest problem with the North Korean-to-terrorists WMD pipeline narrative. Chemical weapons. North Korea has a massive stockpile of chemical weapons. In fact, the only countries believed to possess more are the United States and Russia. Estimates range from 2500 to 5000 tons of chemical weapons. The stockpile isn’t just old blister agents either. It is widely believed the North Koreans are in possession of VX, which is the most lethal nerve agent known. A microscopic amount can be fatal. 5000 tons is certainly worrisome.
The narrative should fall apart and fear should subside when the date of North Korea’s chemical weapons program is reviewed. It began around 1955 and became successful around 1961. In more than 50 years, the North Koreans have not launched a chemical terror attack against the United States. With an arsenal that most likely includes VX, Tabun, Sarin, and many less sophisticated blood, blister, and choking agents the terror attacks the media will attempt to convince you are imminent have not occurred.
To those who would suggest they might not have these weapons or they lack the ingenuity to deploy them, it should be noted in February of this year Kim Jong-un’s half-brother was assassinated in Malaysia. He was surprised from behind when two women rubbed two pieces of cloth on his face, he died. VX is a binary chemical agent. Two separate chemicals combine to form the weapon. It was suspected each cloth had one of the chemicals. It was later confirmed the death was caused by VX. The North Koreans have the ability to transport the most lethal chemical weapon known internationally, yet there are no attacks.