We are in a very volatile situation, most dramatically shown by events regarding North Korea, but underlain by the breakdown crisis in the economy and in policy-failure among the Trans-Atlantic nations. What is required is for the U.S. to cooperate with China and Russia, in the “framework of the Belt and Road Initiative”–as Pres. Xi Jinping told Pres. Trump in Florida April 7–to steer a course to safety, out of the geopolitical confrontations, which is the ‘British Empire’ game.
Look at North Korea, which today is celebrating its 85th anniversary of the founding of its army, with ceremony and weapons drills, amidst fierce rhetoric against the United States. Unless there is a process of talks and deliberation among the nations concerned (four party, six party, whatever), which offers a solution, the situation is beyond dangerous. The Trump Administration is activated, but so far only from the point of view of pressure and threats, even if restrained.
‘Back off’ both of you, was the message today from the China state-owned press, the China Daily, whose editorial is titled, “Misjudgment Is the Biggest Risk to Peninsula.” The fear is that “anything could happen at any time in the tense standoff that had developed between Washington and Pyongyang.” Of North Korea, the China paper makes clear, “judging from their recent words and deeds, policymakers in Pyongyang have seriously misread the UN sanctions, which are aimed at its nuclear/missile provocations, not its system or leadership…They need to reassess the situation so they do not make any misjudgments.” To the United States, the China Daily cautions, “Likewise, Washington should continue to exercise restraint and pursue a peaceful resolution to the issue.”
Pres. Trump is conducting unusual steps in Washington, D.C.. Yesterday, April 24, at the White House, he hosted a meeting and lunch of the 15 ambassadors to the U.N. Security Council, speaking of North Korea and Syria. Tomorrow afternoon, April 26, at the White House, all 100 U.S. Senators are invited to a briefing on North Korea, by the heads of the Defense and State Departments, Chief of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, and Dan Coats, National Intelligence Director. On Friday, April 28, Sec. of State Rex Tillerson will chair a U.N. Security Council meeting on North Korea. (The U.S. has the rotating chairmanship for April).
The message in all this so far, as Trump stated it yesterday to the ambassadors, is that the U.N. and Security Council member nations must do more on Syria and North Korea. Treasury Sec. Mnuchin yesterday announced, unfortunately, U.S. sanctions against 270 Syrian scientists and researchers, claiming that Pres. Bashar al Assad had gas-bombed his own people. This, despite the lack of any onsite, proper investigation. Thus, the situation remains fraught, and people suffer and die.
Now look at who is spurring on disaster: The New York Times and Wall Street Journal–direct British imperial channels. The Times (April 24) calls for action now against North Korea, because, “the country is capable of producing a nuclear bomb every six or seven weeks.” How does ‘The Slimes’ know this? From, “a growing body of expert studies and classified intelligence reports,” all unnamed. For good measure, today’s Wall Street Journal throws in that, any investment into the One Belt One Road is “folly,” a waste of money and effort.
Our call is to go out everywhere with the truth. French statesman and presidential candidate Jacques Cheminade, addressed his campaign the night of the election, saying, “we took up the challenges of our time.” Looking forward, “We can become the catalyst of a real change, and inspiration. But on one condition: that you continue to fight for that…”