A 22-year-old American college student named Otto Warmbier went over to North Korea, and supposedly was caught stealing a propaganda poster and sentenced to prison. At some later point he was returned to the U.S. in a coma, and has now died.
I heard warmonger Mark Davis on the radio saying that because of the North Korean regime’s murder of an American, therefore the U.S. military must bomb a North Korean military installation. That’s a typical response of the typical American neocon. (Davis was filling in Tuesday for another neocon, Hugh Hewitt.)
No, the right thing to do would be to remove all U.S. troops and military bases from South Korea. Their presence there is a provocation to North Korea. Unfortunately the True Believers in American Exceptionalism don’t see our government’s occupations of foreign lands as provocations. They have some sort of entitlement mentality, in which because the U.S. rules the world, thus our government is entitled to place its apparatus anywhere in the world it wants.
But the cognitive dissonance comes in when the True Believers oppose foreign military presence near the U.S. What would happen if Russia, Iran, China, or North Korea had military ships going along the U.S. coasts? Wouldn’t that seem like a “provocation”? Or their placing military bases in Cuba or Mexico?
When a Russian spy ship was less than 30 miles off the U.S. east coast last March, the new U.S. President Trump stated: “The greatest thing I could do is shoot that ship that’s 30 miles offshore right out of the water.” Of course he didn’t do that, because, according to the article, Russia has had ships off the U.S. coast for the past several years and even at 17 miles they are still within international waters.
But I don’t think that the True Believers see any comparison to The Donald (and his fellow American Exceptionalists) expressing a perception that Russia is “provoking” and Trump’s wanting to shoot at them, to North Korea perceiving U.S. troops and bases in South Korea as “provocations.”
To show how arrogant and narcissistic the True Believers in American Exceptionalism are, when U.S. military are trespassing, loitering or just plain fiddlin’ and diddlin’ off the coast of Iran, and the Iranians made “provocative maneuvers around a U.S. destroyer” and other U.S. ships, one of the U.S. ships fired warning shots! “How dare you interfere with our provocations off your coast, Iran!” How DARE they, as Al Gore would say.
Reuters: U.S. warship challenges China’s claims in South China Sea, Fox News: Chinese warships spotted off Alaska coast reportedly passed through US waters. In my view, they’re all nuts, these governments and their invasive, trespassing bureaucrats.
You see, when those who are a part of an “enemy,” or non-ally, are getting too close, that might seem invasive, or an act of provocation. So the North Koreans remember all the U.S. military bombings and thousands and thousands of tons of napalm dropped and all the civilian North Korean deaths caused by the U.S. military during the 1950s, and so the North Koreans have felt threatened by the stationing of U.S. troops and bases in South Korea.
So get the U.S. military out of South Korea, because they are invasive and don’t belong there, just as they don’t belong in Japan or the Middle East and other parts of the world that are not U.S. territories.
It might also be a good idea for tourists such as Otto Warmbier to not take unnecessary risks such as traveling to other countries whose regimes are dangerous or tyrannical, like that of North Korea, and who are constantly threatened by belligerent U.S. bureaucrats.