Aangeleverd door:Ed Vries
North Korea is a grand deception designed to blind the peoples of the world to the accomplishments
of the Korean people in the north who have successfully created their own circumstances, their own
independent socio-economic system, based on socialist principles, free of the domination of the
Many in the west have little idea of the destruction carried out in Korea by the Americans and their allies;
that Pyongyang was carpet bombed into oblivion, that civilians fleeing the carnage were strafed by American
planes. The New York Times stated at the time that 17,000,000 pounds of napalm were used in Korea just in
the first 20 months of the war. More bomb tonnage was dropped on Korea by the US than the US dropped
on Japan in World War Two. American forces hunted down and murdered not only communist party members
but also their families. At Sinchon we saw the evidence that American soldiers forced 500 civilians into a ditch,
doused them with gasoline and set them on fire. We stood in an air raid shelter with walls still blackened with
the burnt flesh of 900 civilians, including women and children who had sought safety during an American attack.
American soldiers were seen pouring gasoline down the air vents of the shelter and burning them all to death.
This is the reality of the American occupation for Koreans. This is the reality they fear still and never want to repeat.
Can we blame them?
But even with this history, Koreans are willing to open their hearts to former enemies. Major Kim Myong Hwan,
who was then the main negotiator at Panmunjom on the DMZ line, told us that his dream was to be a writer, a poet,
a journalist, but said in sombre tones, that he and his five brothers “walk the line” at the DMZ as soldiers because of
what happened to his family. He said their struggle was not against the American people but their government.
He was lonely for his family lost at Sinchon; his grandfather strung up a pole and tortured, his grandmother bayoneted
in the stomach and left to die. He said, “You see, we have to do it. We have to defend ourselves. We do not oppose
the American people. We oppose the American policy of hostility and its efforts to exercise control over the whole
world and inflict calamity on people.”
The question is not whether the DPRK has nuclear weapons which it is legally entitled to have, but whether the United States,
which has nuclear arms capability on the Korean peninsula, and which is now installing its THADD missile defence system
there, a system that threatens the security of Russia and China, is willing to work with the North toward a peace treaty.
We found North Koreans avid for peace and not attached to having nuclear weapons if peace can be established.
But the American position remains as arrogant, aggressive threatening and dangerous as ever. In this age of American
“regime change,” “pre-emptive war” doctrines, and American efforts to develop low yield nuclear weapons as well as their
abandonment and manipulation of international law it was not surprising that the DPRK plays the nuclear card. What choice
do the Koreans have since United States threatens nuclear war on a daily basis and the two countries that logic dictates
would support them against American aggression, Russia and China, join with the Americans in condemning
the Koreans for arming themselves with the only weapon that can act as a deterrent against attack.
The fundamental foundation of North Korean policy is to achieve a non-aggression pact and peace treaty with the United States.
The North Koreans repeatedly stated that they did not want to attack anyone, hurt anyone or be at war with anyone. But they
have seen what has happened to Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and countless other countries and they have no
intention of having that happen to them. It is clear that any U.S. invasion would be defended vigorously and that the nation can
endure a long, arduous struggle.
“The people of the world have to be told the complete story about Korea and our government’s role in fostering imbalance and conflict.
Action must be taken by lawyers, community groups, peace activists, and all citizens of the planet, to prevent the U.S. government from
successfully generating a propaganda campaign to support aggression in North Korea. The American people have been subjected to a
grand deception. There is too much at stake to get fooled again. This peace delegation learned in the DPRK a significant piece of
truth essential in international relations. It’s how broader communication, negotiation followed by maintained promises, and a deep
commitment to peace can save the world – literally – from a dark nuclear future. Experience and truth free us from the threat of war.
Our foray into North Korea, this report and our on-going project are small efforts to make and set us free.”