South Korea and Japan gave us a head’s up of a possible North Korean missile launch. (roguedinosaur.com, Brief #140, item seven from the bottom) It is amazing to me with all the pressure and sanctions North Korea continues its defiance of the United States and the world in general.
This in particular is a message to world society of how powerful ‘hate’ is. The issue goes back to 1951-1953 when the U. S. and its NATO allies achieved complete air superiority and devastated the North under General Curtis Le May whereas not a building or large town was left standing, and nearly a million people were killed by the bombings.
The communist country never forgot it. That was 67 years ago. It was then every family lost at least one or more of its members during the three and a half years of bloody warfare. This accompanied by remembrances and consistent regime propaganda have made it come to what we face today.
What will Trump do? Nothing. It is still too early. Both sides will continue to bluff and then what? No one knows at this point. But in the meantime it could be a miscalculation, an accident, a false flag attack, or finally somewhat, some kind of negotiation. We should realize North Korea will never give up its nuclear capability, but we should never give up diplomatically to contain what they have in their arsenal.
Herewith is a drafted and ready to post article of a couple of weeks ago, but I had to cancel it. Belatedly found while researching Saudi Arabia and the Emirates had contributed 80 million and sent over a medical team to Bangladesh in September, yet the article may be of some interest:
I have a simple question: With over 630,000 Muslim Rohingyi refugees in Bangladesh who have fled Myanmar’s ethnic cleansing, and are currently seeking shelter and starving, what have Saudi Arabia and the Emirates done about the plight of their fellow Muslims? From what I determine… Nothing. It appears two of the richest countries in the world have turned their backs on those of their own faith. They seem to be leaving the deplorable matter to Bangladesh and the Christian West to do the hands on support and aid delivery to the stricken poor.
These forgotten people cannot contribute to their own well-being because they have no country, and furthermore are negligible consumers of the profitable oil and gas these nations sell. Each Muslim should bow his or her head not in prayer, but in shame.
This brings up another question: What has Indonesia, the fourth most populous country on the globe, and incidentally by far the most populous Muslim country, done during the Rohingya crisis? They say ‘leadership’… but ‘no direct funds’ which sounds hollow to me, and it is. Indonesia does however act as a track for private donations, but little else except sympathy for their brother Muslims struggling in Bangladesh. Indonesia boasts it has taken in onlt 14,000 refugees since 2000 hardly a stellar performance. The government rejected, for the most part, small groups of Rohingya refugees in 2009, 2012, and 2016. In the province of Ache a few years ago the government turned away the Rohingya refugee boats, but the local citizens accepted them giving the group food and shelter.
Indonesia is currently undergoing a period of economic boom and should do more than it has.
All the Best to you.