North Korea makes the headlines again, this time for testing a nuclear bomb underground. While I’m not happy to see the proliferation of nuclear weapons I continue to be impressed with the hypocrisy provided by the United States leadership. Legitimacy of smaller third world nations seems to depend on how much they are willing to be bullied by the United States which definitely leaves North Korea out of the circle of accepted nations. Israel has an estimated 300 nuclear warheads yet because Israel is, for the most part, our “special” partner in crime, indeed is dependent on the monies we send them for their military, you never will hear a peep about it from Washington.
Never mind that we are the only nation to have ever used atomic bombs against civilian populations as it is a given that only the United States and its go-along-for-the-ride allies may decide which nation is legitimate enough to have nuclear weaponry. Here is what Obama oh-so predictably said regarding North Korea’s latest transgression against the legitimate world…
President Barack Obama called the test a matter of grave concern to all countries. "North Korea is directly and recklessly challenging the international community," he said in a statement. "North Korea's behaviour increases tensions and undermines stability in north-east Asia."
He added that North Korea's behaviour would serve only to deepen the country's isolation. "It will not find international acceptance unless it abandons its pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery," he said.
The short quote above is rife with hypocrisy piled on top of hypocrisy. Who challenged the international community with reckless abandon when it illegally invaded Iraq? Who, even as Obama spoke, is undermining stability from Africa to South Asia and everything in-between? Clue; it wasn’t and isn’t North Korea.
This, in a way, is part of the problem with our continued pursuit of global domination. Is it unreasonable to assume that our use of military force in defiance of international law has scared more than one third world nation as they watched the U.S. invade Iraq? Is it any wonder that some nations might be arming themselves imagining they are next on the list of a people to be “liberated?” Did the United States provide stability when our government applauded the vicious attack against Gaza by Israel? But then again what Obama said is exactly what I would have expected him to say. He is living up to my expectations and then some. Obama is like totally legit.