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NORTH KOREAN "THREATS" TO WORLD PEACE CAN SELL MILITARTY HARDWARE

By WilliamBoardman 


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National Paranoia is the Irrational Fear that You're Being Threatened 

Which is the more paranoid statement? 

1.  AMERICAN MEDIA:  "North Korea is threatening to attack us with nuclear weapons,"

or:  

2.  NORTH KOREAN MEDIA:  "The United States is threatening to attack us with nuclear weapons."  

Taking recent events in the U.S. and the Korean peninsula as evidence, while mostly ignoring historical context, the drift toward another American war in Asia can be seen as clearly as the ambiguous moves and countermoves of countries with no obvious motive for war might allow, producing headlines like [1]this[1] in the New York Times of April 4: 

   "North Korea Moves Missile to Coast, but Little Threat is Seen" 

According to the Times, "North Korea has been issuing a blistering series of similar threats in recent weeks, citing as targets the American military installations in the Pacific islands of Hawaii and Guam, as well as the United States mainland."

One reason such threats are not always seen as threatening is that North Korea has no missile that can reach the U.S. mainland, [2]and[2] quite likely not even Alaska, Hawaii, or Guam, never mind whether they have any long range missile that can hit anything with any accuracy. 

North Koreans Move Missile Closer to U.S.! 

The South Korean defense chief reported April 4 that the North Koreans had moved one longish-range missile to its east coast, maybe 200 miles closer to the U.S., but that missile was still not close enough to come close to the U.S. west coast.  Nevertheless, American bases in South Korea and Japan are still presumably reachable targets, as are Korean and Japanese civilians.  Most of China and eastern Russia are also within range.  [Later reports said the North Koreans had moved two mobile missiles to the coast.] 

The U.S. recently deployed a land-based anti-missile missile system to Guam, which is beyond the range of North Korea's operational missiles. The U.S. has also moved at least two Aegis-class missile-cruisers to patrol waters close to North Korea.   While the Aegis system [3]has[3] the capability of attacking targets on land, in the air, and under water, its most notable exploit to date was the 1988 downing of an Iranian passenger plane, killing 290 civilians. 

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