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The Brink of War with North Korea. The Start of WWIII?

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Now the United States of America comes to the moment of truth. This is the call to their bluff, or is this the brink of war? Only time will tell if the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, The DPRK, will succumb to US threats of retaliation if they test a nuclear weapon. This is a defining moment of this Bush administration.

What does Mr. Bush plan to do? He says that the US will not accept a nuclear North Korea. The truth of the matter is, that because of his incessant incursions in the Middle East, and his non-stop funding of this "War on Terror", that this very real threat will come to pass as George W. Bush's threats ring hollow, as we are ill prepared for a war with North Korea.

It is estimated that with conventional artillery alone, the weapons situated within 40 Miles of Seoul would start a firestorm in that city that would leave over two million South Koreans dead within the first 24 hours of an all-out offensive by the North. These artillery pieces are embedded in a mountain range north of Seoul that is practically impervious to US air strikes. I have spent almost five years in Korea, and I can say with assurance that the Korean people, North or South, can be the most aggressive, determined enemy that walks on the face of this Earth. Those Neo-Cons that conduct their armchair campaigns from the comfort of their living rooms, amateurs that have never worn a military uniform and have no idea what a 1,000 lb. Artillery shell sounds like flying overhead, have no idea of the destructive capability of North Korea. With an Army that is over 1.5 million men, well equipped and well trained, what are we going to do if this army marches on South Korea?

Where is the bulk of our Army? Do you believe that the Seventh Fleet and the Eighth Army alone is going to stop a strike on the South? If Mr, Bush commits the United States to a war with North Korea, it is estimated that 25,000 US troops will be hit with the first day's artillery strikes from the North. This will eliminate the entire command structure of the US Eighth Army.

I am not proposing that the United States refrain from challenging North Korea. I am just pointing out what the stakes are if we go into a full scale war. I look at the American claims in this so-called war of liberation in Iraq and wonder what this administration believes are the limits of our military power. Does this administration believe that our military capabilities are endless? Are they planning to strike North Korea with tactical or thermonuclear weapons? This is the only recourse that this administration has left our military. We can't go on being the policemen of the world and go to war with three different countries, in three different areas simultaneously. It is just a military impossibility.

This is the point we are at. The threat from North Korea, makes the threat from Iraq or Iran pale in comparison. This is what I have been trying to point out over and over again. Even we, the greatest military power in Earth's history, have our limits. Will and bluster have nothing to do with the fact that we are overstretched and weakened by our senseless involvement in Iraq. Now we face a credible enemy and we are found wanting. This is the fruit of this Far-Right militaristic administration. Mr. Bush has left us in such a weakened state that the use of nuclear weapons will be unavoidable unless we want to face an intolerable defeat and see the entire Korean Peninsula fall to Kim Jong Il. This will certainly bring in the Japanese Self-Defense Force and this may bring in the Peoples Republic of China. Through the irresponsible actions of this misguided administration, we may well be facing World War III.
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Tim Gatto is Ret. US Army and has been writing against the Duopoly for the last decade. He has two books on Amazon, Kimchee Days or Stoned Colds Warriors and Complicity to Contempt.

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