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Diabolical Duo N. Korea and Iran Attempt Pincer Movement on US and its AlliesCommentary by Terrence Aym Salem-News.com
Iran and N. Korea. two rogue states playing tag team in a geo-political wrestling match, seek to neutralize their greatest enemies: the US and its allies.
(CHICAGO) - The nuclear genie popped out of the bottle in N. Korea during 2009. Iran is rubbing that same bottle enthusiastically.
As of this writing the Russians are preparing to install fuel rods into Iran's first nuclear reactor thereby making it feasible (according to nuclear experts) for Iran to have a nuclear bomb before the end of 2010.
While Iran's ally NKorea is keeping the SKorean and US Naval forces busy, China is making threats about the USN presence in the Yellow Sea. It's ramping up incredible new missiles designed specifically to sink America's entire supercarrier fleet.
Meanwhile oxymoronic world media flash countdown clocks speculating how many days may be left for a 'probably' imminent Israeli strike against Iran.
It's the dog days of summer in the northern hemisphere when things are expected to move lazily and slowly. But dog days are long gone. Those days were for other worlds, other eras. Our dog days are populated with pit bulls baring their fangs as the planet inches towards nuclear confrontation.
The United States Department of Defense should consider re-adopting its old name, the War Department. The War Department is a far more accurate description these days.
The US has fighting troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, an ongoing oil war with Russia, a secret economic war and naval escalation against China, the preparation for a war with Iran, and the threat of war from N. Korea. All this while America fights an ongoing world war against radical Islam.
Americans can only hope that the military wars go better than the 45 year domestic wars against drugs and poverty.
Most Americans have heard of the Korean War. Many are not aware, however, that the war never ended—-and many more don't know that South Korea never signed the 1953 Armistice ending the hostilities.
Like a simmering pot, the Korean conflict has been on the verge of boiling over for decades. In the past six months the heat has been ratcheted up.
Are you aware that NKorea is at war with the US? Most Americans are not.
NKorea reaffirmed it's at war with the United States
During 2009, dictator Kim Jong-il announced that his country no longer would abide by the Armistice that was suggested by India and agreed to by the United Nations, U.S., Russia, China and NKorea in 1953. The NKorean leader then announced that his country considered itself fully at war with the U.S. Immediately afterward the NKoreans ramped up their weapons sales—-including nuclear weapons technology and long range missile parts-—to Iran and Syria. They have since expanded that to include Venezuela, Cuba and possibly Nicaragua.
An army one million strong
NKorea has built and maintained a well-equipped military force that experts estimate numbers about one million. The army is dedicated and swears allegiance to the country's tyrant.
Much of the army is deployed within 50 miles of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that roughly follows the 49th Parallel dividing the two Koreas.
NKorean experts have stated for the record any full-blown hostilities that erupt between the North and South will lead to the death of more than 100,000 SKoreans living in Seoul within the first hour.
The casualties would not be inflicted directly by the NKorean army, but by the well-armed rocketry corps. With an estimated tens of thousands of rockets able to reach Seoul within a matter of minutes, the bombardment of the city would be widespread, lethal and devastating. The NKorean rockets are armed with conventional high-explosives, nerve gas and bio-warheads.
SKorean defense forces are augmented by 28,000 American troops. Although the number at one time was well above 50,000, during the last decade many of the troops have been withdrawn from the Peninsula.
Military experts agree that during the first few days of a resurgence of the Korean War, up to half of the American force stationed their may suffer casualties.
The nuclear dilemma
What makes military experts uneasy is the fact that successive U.S. Administrations have allowed NKorea to develop and detonate nuclear weapons. The renegade country is now busy working on ways to deploy their growing arsenal. The current estimates of NKorea's nuclear arsenal range from as low as three to as many as seven nuclear devices.
While most military strategists are confident that an all out war would end with America being victorious in 10 days or less, that estimate does not incorporate the nuclear genie nor the possible involvement of China as a NKorean ally into the equation. Either one of those scenarios—nukes or a belligerent China—change the entire game and up the stakes dramatically.
The bottom line is that military aggression of this magnitude by a country we are technically still in a state of war with could easily ignite a resumption of a total shooting war. With America already involved in two wars and the possibility constantly hovering on the horizon of a military conflict with Iran, confirmation could lead to a re-engagement with the NKoreans and precipitate a continuation of the Korean War 57 years after the Armistice.
And such a resumption of war on the Korean Peninsula at this point in history could start the dreaded third world war.
China, a wild card
Although NKorea's population is near starvation—only the leaders, bureaucrats and one million man army is well-fed and clothed—China provides some meager subsistence in the form of food and oil. But the Chinese have been playing the West against its puppet state for decades and has been utilizing the Korean Peninsula and especially their NKorean allies as both political and military destabilizing factors.
During the Korean War, Chinese forces joined the NKoreans and fought air and ground battles against the United Nations, American and SKorean forces. Whether they will lend air support to NKorea if another war breaks out is a complete unknown: there are both advantages and disadvantages for involvement by China.
The Chinese may have already signaled their hand by their stance on the torpedo attack in Spring of 2010. Despite the fact the SKoreans recovered damning forensic evidence--parts of the torpedo fragment on the bottom of the Yellow Sea contained residue of explosives manufactured in NKorea and casings etched with NKorean markings—-China asserted the SKoreans didn't prove their case.
Read more of this article at helium.com/items/1843182-why-north-korea-is-mobilizing-for-war
Terrence Aym is a Salem-News.com Contributor based in Chicago, who is well known nationally for his stirring reports on the top ranked site, helium.com. Born in Minnesota, Terrence Aym grew up in the Chicagoland suburbs. Having traveled to 40 of the 50 states and lived in 7 of them, Aym is no stranger to travel. He's also spent time in Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and Western Africa. An executive for many years with Wall Street broker-dealer firms, Aym has also had a life-long interest in science, technology, the arts, philosophy and history. If it's still possible to be a 'Renaissance man' in the 21st Century, Aym is working hard to be one.
Aym has several book projects in the works. Media sites that have recently featured Aym, and/or discussed his articles, include ABC News, TIME Magazine, Business Insider, Crunchgear.com, Discover, Dvice, Benzinga and more recently, his work has been showing up in South Africa and Russia.
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