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HIGH STAKES: Trumpist chaos and Kim's mind games leading world down dead-end road

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un seems ready to go to war - nuclear war - with America.
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"War is not the answer / For only love can conquer hate" - Marvin Gaye ("What's Going On?")

OKLAHOMA CITY – While the British media seems to be taking North Korea’s threats of thermonuclear war and that the secretive country is on “the brink of war” with the U.S., here in America it doesn’t seem to be making the rounds the same way President Trump’s inane banter about the greatness of Snap-on Tools.

Is Seoul about to be evacuated? Just what the hell is going on?

Oh, Vice-President Mike Pence was on the Korean DMZ a few days ago saying that the “era of strategic patience” is over (as I type this, Cat Stevens’ 1971 pro-peace classic “Peace Train” is playing, appropriately enough), that statement coming a few days after Trump lobbed a MOAB, an obscenely destructive, non-nuclear Massive Ordnance Air Blast (aka “Mother Of all Bombs”) onto a Taliban cave in Afghanistan, trying to drum up some nostalgia for the Spring of 2003 and our “Shock n’ Y’all” strikes in Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.

Perhaps 3 Doors Down could write a song about it?

Anyway, here we are, 14 years later, and the same hellbrew of violence and imperialism is marching on, this time we are beginning to realize that some of the players are playing for keeps, as it were – as we are seeing with Kim Jong-un’s willingness to go toe-to-toe with the U.S. Sure, it’s utterly insane, but no one ever accused Kim of making sound choices in life. Some would say the same about Trump, who campaigned as a Lindbergh-styled isolationist and is suddenly trying to one-up George W. Bush and out-warmonger Reagan and the rest.

And while I’m thinking about it, where the hell is “diplomat” Dennis Rodman? I would think ol' Dennis would be a trifle worried that his pal Kim might just push the jolly, candy-like button, sending atomic fire to some coastal city. 

But seriously, things seem to be spiraling out of control with each passing hour. Last month I wrote about 120 nations around the world drafting a document which would call for a complete banishment of nuclear weapons worldwide. Naturally, the U.S. refused to participate. If there is ever a chance to take the road to peace, certain forces push us onto the proverbial road to perdition.

We can report that on June 2, 2017, the Arms Association is holding their annual meeting in Washington with the meeting titled as "Arms Control and Nonproliferation Restraints at Risk: Defending Safeguards Against Nuclear Catastrophe." Discussions will include the uncertain future of key U.S.-Russian arms control agreements; rising tensions on the Korean peninsula; the future of the Iran nuclear deal; and important words from keynote speaker Tony A. deBrum, the former Foreign Minister of the Marshall Islands and 2016's "Arms Control Person of the Year." It was deBrum, who island-chain nation was severely affected by America's atomic testing in the 1940's and 50's (for the good of mankind, naturally) who led the RMI's case at the International Court of Justice against those nuclear weapons states which have failed to meet their disarmament commitments.

As Paul Mason wrote on Monday in The UK Guardian: “This sudden mania for speaking of nuclear warfare, among men with untrammeled power, should be the No 1 item on the news, and the No 1 concern of democratic and peace-loving politicians.

This, coupled with a distinct shift, worldwide, in the direction of tyranny and dictatorship (Trump, Erdogan, Putin, etc.), it seems that a real “clash” of epic proportions – and one where many lives will likely be lost – seems almost inevitable. 

And sadly, as we swiftly march to the drums of war, there seems to be no organized opposition to war. Why? Here in the U.S. it largely lies at the feet of the national Democratic Party establishment who seem quite content with the status quo - a status quo that includes "good wars." Or, get us in a bad war and half-heartedly apologize later.

As Bill Van Auken wrote at WSWS.org today: “There are already indications that tensions between Beijing and Washington are escalating on the Korean peninsula after Seoul’s announcement that it intends to move ahead rapidly with the installation of the US Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, which the US claims is designed to defend against North Korean missiles, but which China recognizes as a means of assuring the US a nuclear first-strike capability.

And then there is the disinformation - exposed as such - that a U.S. aircraft carrier was being dispatched to North Korea. Well, the Pentagon and White House are pointing fingers at each other, claiming "confusion" or somesuch nonsense. Trump takes no responsibility and Kim continues to test fire nuclear missiles, leaving the world on edge - at least those of us who are paying attention. It's maddening that the Trump administration and the war-hungry generals can't even get their flimsy stories straight. Too much is at stake! And by the way, where is China in all of this? Trump is determined to make China an enemy, rather than getting them to commit to talk down North Korea's ambitions, whatever they may be.

Terrifyingly, it's that sort of "confusion" that leads to big bombs being dropped and lots of people dead.

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