Against Crazed U.S. War Threats
USS Carl Vinson in Busan, South Korea during war games, 15 March 2017. A month later, the U.S. announced the aircraft carrier was headed back north to Korea as a “show of force.” Actually, it was in Indonesia heading south.
The following article is from The Internationalist No. 47, March-April 2017.
APRIL 17 – As we go to press, the United States has dramatically escalated its military provocations against North Korea. The actions of President Donald Trump and his erratic regime could at any moment touch off a war, which would rapidly escalate. This should make it clear to all that North Korea’s nuclear arsenal is its main deterrent against the crazed nuclear warmongers in Washington. It is crucial to defend North Korea and uphold its right to develop nuclear arms for its defense against predatory U.S. imperialism.
Currently a battle group around the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is reported headed toward the Korean peninsula in a “show of force.” This comes after the U.S. launched a missile strike at a Syrian air force base ten days ago. And last week the Pentagon made a show of terroristic force by dropping its largest conventional weapon on an Islamic State cave complex in Afghanistan.
The bomb is the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast, or MOAB, a/k/a the “Mother of All Bombs.” This was clearly a threat to destroy North Korea’s nuclear installations located in caves. Today U.S. vice president Mike Pence warnied the North Korean government to take a lesson from U.S. actions in Syria and Afghanistan.
A month ago in Seoul, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was even more explicit, threatening a “pre-emptive” U.S. military strike against the North. That would be truly demented, as there is no chance that the U.S. could destroy all of the North’s atomic weapons, and Seoul, the capital of South Korea with 25 million inhabitants, would surely be devastated in retaliation.
Internationalist Clubs at the City University of New York held an emergency speak-out against imperialist wars at Hunter College, April 21. Speakers called to defend Syria and the North Korean and Chinese bureaucratically deformed workers states against murderous U.S. imperialism.
The imperialist press portrays North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (who inherited his position from his father and grandfather) as some kind of madman, but he is far saner than the blustering Trump and Pence. Moreover, the entire North Korean population has vivid memories of when bloodthirsty “democratic” U.S. imperialists leveled every city in the North during the Korean War, and killed over 3 million Koreans.
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is a bureaucratically deformed workers state, which Trotskyists unconditionally defend against imperialism and internal counterrevolution. We fight for revolutionary reunification of Korea through socialist revolution in the South and a proletarian political revolution in the North to replace the Stalinist/nationalist Kim bureaucratic regime with an internationalist communist leadership based on soviet democracy.
It is also crucial to defend the Chinese deformed workers state against imperialism. The last deployment of the Carl Vinson, on orders of Barack Obama, was to provoke the Chinese navy in the South China Sea.
P.S. to Trump: Russia has the FOAB (Father of All Bombs) with four times the firepower as your MOAB. ■