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Something is Rotten…in the States….

Regular readers may believe I'm peculiarly preoccupied with Kim Jong-il, the Dear Leader of North Korea. But he just can't stay out of the news. There's something of a Shakespearian comic tragedy about this chap, although there isn't much to laugh about for his people. The latest is his permission to allow the live broadcast of a World Cup game (the first for 44 years), between his country and Portugal. Not a good move – they lost 7-0.

But I find the antics of North and South Korea an ongoing soap opera even though the potential for war is ever present.

Unfortunately this localised conflict is far from being that. The North looks to China for support, whilst the south seeks defence from the USA. It is this potential for the two to meet in conflict which hopefully will contain the threat.

Whilst China is seeking economic resources globally, they will increasingly threaten the interests of the USA. The US is in considerable financial straits. Individually, the states are suffering, and traditionally supportive news media are questioning policy. US citizens are struggling and fear that their nation may be about to embark on another military mission. Many young men of an eligible age are deeply concerned that a new draft may be instigated.

These missions are crucial to maintain national fervour, revitalise the economy and free up funds.Their allies however may not be so willing to follow them next time around. Unfortunately Europe could be dragged into one regardless.

Every president has had to face this, and Obama is no exception. After all, there is little point in having the greatest military in the world if they are not utilised. Peace does not justify it, so enemies must be maintained or created.

As shocking as the twin-towers attack was, Bush found a new enemy in Bin Laden. The 21st century globo-politic has been dominated by them both. The world changed that day and our freedoms were curtailed. If that was the plan, then it succeeded.

Without extreme Islamic terrorism one wonders how peaceful the last ten years could have been? Europe may have been at peace for over 70 years (with exception of the Balkans in the 90's), the Soviet Union may have collapsed but neither were conducive to a nation which actively engages conflict, from Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq as well as countless mini-events in small backwaters since the end of WWII.

So as well as Bin Laden there is also Kim Jong-il and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, together with the ever present threat of the Taliban either in Afghanistan or Pakistan. Add to that the plight of the Palestinians which fuels and encourages Islamic tension and discontent. Could not this problem be solved conclusively if the USA and Israel had the will?

Is it conceivable that these issues are not such a threat to the future of the west as certain pundits would suggest, or is it not the case that having them around maintains the status quo?

I don't see any Hitlers, Stalins, or Mussolinis here. Saddam Hussein has gone. Who's next on the list, and who will follow after that?

"Something is rotten in the state of Denmark" – Hamlet. Act I, Scene 4


June 21, 2010 - Posted by | Current Affairs, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Excellent as per usual. In fact so much so that for once in my life I’m lost for words. Very crafty move that was by the North Korean head of state to inspire his people. Sad thing is somehow they are going to make it look like that the Portuguese football team were the chattels of American imperialism and it was done deliberately to sabotage the North Koreans. I’ve seen stranger things happen.


    Comment by Spook | June 22, 2010 | Reply

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