Erick San Juan
(Dr. Erick San Juan, PhD, died of cardiac arrest in his home in Taguig on Sunday. He was 65. We are printing his last piece which he sent shortly before he passed away. For years, San Juan, an author of several books, had regularly contributed opinion pieces, mostly on geopolitics, for this paper, and his passing is a loss to us. His remains lie in state at the Heritage Park in Taguig. Our condolences to his family. – Editors)
WORLD history is replete with stories of many wars, big and small, brief and protracted, and fought for all sorts of reasons. Some wars were avoided due to the intervention of cooler heads (like the United Nations) and several party talks to come up with peaceful resolutions.
Unfortunately, some analysts believe that certain peace talks led to the regime change of a sovereign state and has left the nation in shambles. America is clearly being destroyed by vested interests from within. We’re not even sure now if American critics of their government are mere patriots or working for foreign interests.
Details of this programmed scenario can be found in the article “North Korea Would be Stupid to Trust the US” by Jacob G. Hornberger (Global Research, Oct. 1, 2017): “To many mainstream pundits, the solution to the crisis in Korea is for US officials to sit down and ‘talk’ to North Korea in the hopes of negotiating a mutually beneficial agreement. While it won’t guarantee that a deal will be worked out, they say, ‘talking’ is the only chance there is to resolve the crisis.”
According to Hornberger, “They ignored an important point: Any deal that would be reached would involve trusting the US government to keep its end of the bargain. And trusting the US government would be the stupidest thing North Korea could ever do. That’s because as soon as US officials found it advantageous, they would break the deal and pounce on North Korea, with the aim of achieving the regime change they have sought ever since the dawn of the Cold War more than 70 years ago.
“Look at what US officials did to Libya. Muammar Qaddafi, agreed to give up his nuclear-weapons program in return for regime security. That turned out to be a stupid move. As soon as US officials saw an opening, they pounced with a regime-change operation. Today, Qaddafi is dead and Libya is in perpetual crisis and turmoil. That wouldn’t have happened if Qaddafi had a nuclear deterrent to a US regime-change operation.
“Look at what US officials are doing to Iran. They entered into a deal in which the US government agreed to lift its brutal system of sanctions, which has brought untold suffering to the Iranian people, in return for Iran’s abandoning its nuclear-weapons program. After the deal was reached and Iran had complied, US officials broke their side of the deal by refusing to lift their brutal system of sanctions and even imposing more sanctions. US officials also now looking for any excuse or justification for getting out of the deal to which they agreed.
“Even longtime partners and allies of the US government can never be certain that the Empire won’t suddenly turn against them.
“Look at Syria, which for a time served as a loyal partner and ally of the US government, as reflected by the secret agreement to torture Canadian citizen Mahar Arar on behalf of US officials and report their findings back to the CIA. Later, US officials turned on Assad’s ruler, Bashar al-Assad, in a regime-change operation.
“Unfortunately, this is not a new phenomenon. Recall the countless agreements that US officials made in the 1800s with Native Americans. US officials were notorious for breaking them once it became advantageous to do so. Native Americans were entirely justified in accusing US officials of speaking with a ‘forked tongue.’
“If you were a North Korean, would you trust US officials? Would you give up the one thing that is deterring a US regime-change operation in return for a promise from US officials that they would not initiate a regime-change operation? That would really be a stupid thing to do, from the standpoint of North Korea. As soon as the US government found it advantageous to break the deal and invade North Korea, engage in another state-sponsored assassination, or impose a new round of regime-change sanctions, they would do it.
“‘Talking’ to North Korea will do no good because North Korea will never trust the United States to fulfill its part of any deal that is worked out. There is but one solution to the crisis in Korea: withdraw all US forces from that part of the world immediately and bring them home. Anything less will only continue the crisis or, even worse, result in a very deadly and destructive war.”
Like the other sovereign states that are not in tune with what Uncle Sam wants, more sanctions are more likely than peaceful talks, and in the end war or regime change might just be the best for the west.
The latest report by Steve Holland (@atimes, 10-3-2017) points out that the White House ruled out talks with North Korea except to discuss the fate of Americans held there, again appearing to rebuke Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who said Washington was directly communicating with Pyongyang on its nuclear and missile programs.
“We’ve been clear that now is not the time to talk,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters, reiterating a tweet from President Donald Trump at the weekend that was seen as undercutting Tillerson.
“The only conversations that have taken place were that… would be on bringing back Americans who have been detained,” Sanders said. “Beyond that, there will be no conversations with North Korea at this time.”
Tillerson said during a trip to China that the United States was directly communicating with North Korea on its nuclear and missile programs but that Pyongyang had shown no interest in dialogue.
Trump, who has traded insults and threats with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in recent weeks, later dismissed any prospect of talks with North Korea as a waste of time.
“I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful secretary of state, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man,” Trump wrote on Twitter, using his sarcastic nickname for Kim.
“Save your energy, Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!” Trump wrote.
It was not the first time the White House and State Department have seemed at odds on policy issues, but when asked if Trump still had confidence in Tillerson as secretary of state, Sanders said, “He does.”
A senior administration official said Tillerson misspoke.
“I think it was just him misspeaking. He was just acknowledging the fact that we do have channels and we might have reason to talk if North Korea’s behaviour changes sometime down the road,” the official said.
Dialogue with North?
Tillerson said in Beijing that the United States had multiple direct channels of communication with Pyongyang and that it was probing North Korea to see if it was interested in dialogue.
The top US diplomat expressed hope for reducing tensions with North Korea, which is fast advancing towards its goal of developing a nuclear-tipped missile capable of hitting the US mainland.
“We are probing, so stay tuned,” Tillerson told a small group of reporters. “We ask: ‘Would you like to talk?’” He said the United States had “a couple of, three, channels, open to Pyongyang.”
Another US official said Tillerson may have overstated the status of US lines of communication with North Korea for the benefit of his Chinese hosts, who have been pushing the Trump administration to do more to lure Pyongyang to the negotiating table.
There are more to come, may it be word war or the real shooting war. But whose interests?