Guest Post: Will Globalists Use North Korea To Trigger Catastrophe?

Tyler Durden's picture

Submitted by Brandon Smith of Alt-Market blog,

Whenever discussion over North Korea arises in Western circles, it always seems to be accompanied by a strange mixture of sensationalism and indifference. The mainstream media consistently presents the communist nation as an immediate threat to U.S. national security, conjuring an endless number of hypothetical scenarios as to how they could join forces with Al-Qaeda and attack with a terroristic strategy. At the same time, the chest puffing of the late Kim Jong-iL and the standard fare of hyper-militant rhetoric on the part of the North Korean government in general seem to have lulled the American public into a trance of non-concern.

In the midst of the latest tensions with the North Koreans, I have found that most people are barely tracking developments and that, when confronted by the idea of war, they shrug it off as if it is a laughable concept. “Surely” they claim, “The North is just posturing as they always have.”

The high-focus propaganda attacking North Korea on our side and the puffer fish methodology on their side have created a social and political atmosphere surrounding our relations with the Asian nation that I believe places both sides of the Pacific in great danger. North Korea has the potential to become a trigger point for multiple economic catastrophes, and there are people in this world who would be happy to use such crises to serve their own interests.

The mainstream view being espoused by globalist-minded politicians and corporate oligarchs with an agenda is that North Korea is a nuclear armed monstrosity ready to use any subversive means necessary to strike the United States. The idea that the North is working closely with Al-Qaeda has been suggested in everything from White House briefings to cable news to movies and television. The concept of pan-global terrorist collusion and the cartoon-land “axis of evil” has been prominent in our culture since the Administration of George W. Bush. It has even been making a resurgence lately in the MSM, which presented countries like Iran, Syria And North Korea as the primary culprits interfering with the success of the U.N. Small Arms Treaty.

Of course, what remains less talked about in the mainstream is the fact that these nations refuse to adhere to the treaty because carefully placed loopholes still allow major powers like the United States to feed arms into engineered insurgencies. Why would Syria or any other targeted nation sign a treaty that restricts its own sovereign ability to trade while giving teeth to internal enemies trained and funded by foreign intelligence agencies?

The establishment brushes aside such facts and consistently admonishes these countries as the last holdouts standing in the way of a new world order, a worldwide socioeconomic cooperative and pseudo-Utopia. The path to this wonderful global village is always presented as a battle against stubborn isolationists, non-progressives who lack vision and cling desperately to the archaic past. The values of personal and national sovereignty are painted as outdated, decrepit and even threatening to the newly born world structure. The image of North Korea is used by globalists as a kind of straw man argument against sovereignty. North Koreans’ vices and imbalances as a culture are many; but this is due in far larger part to their communist insanity, rather than any values of national independence. It is their domestic hive-mind collectivism we should disdain, not their wish to maintain a comfortable distance as a society from the global game.

As far as being an imminent physical threat to the United States, it really depends on the scenario. The North Koreans have almost no logistical capability to support an invasion of any kind. The nation has been suffering from epidemic famine for well more than a decade.

To initiate a war outright has never been in the best interests of the North Koreans, simply because their domestic infrastructure would not be able to handle the strain. However, there is indeed a scenario in which North Korea could be influenced to use military force despite apprehension.

With the ever looming threat of famine comes the ever looming threat of citizen revolution.  When any government is faced with the possibility of being supplanted, it will almost always lash out viciously in order to maintain power and control, no matter the cost. Sanctions like those being implemented by the West against North Korea today, at the very edge of national famine, could destabilize the country entirely. I believe the North would do anything to avoid an internal insurgency scenario, including attacking South Korea to acquire food stores and energy reserves, as well as other tangible modes of wealth.

North Korea’s standing army, obtained through mandatory two year conscription, is estimated at about 1.1 million active personnel; very close to the numbers active in the U.S. armed forces. But North Korean reserves are estimated at more than 8 million, compared to only 800,000 in the United States. If made desperate by economic sanctions, the North Koreans could field a massive army that would wreak havoc in the South and be very difficult to root out on their home turf. Asian cultures have centuries of experience using asymmetric warfare (the kryptonite of the U.S. military), and I do not believe it is wise to take such a possible conflict lightly, as many Americans seem to do. It is easy to forget that the last Korean War did not work out so well for us. At best, we would be mired in on-ground operations for years (just like Iraq and Afghanistan) or perhaps even decades. Like North Korea, we also do not have the logistical economic means to enter into another such war.

The skeptics argue that we will never get to this point, though, because North Korea has brandished and blustered many times before, all resulting in nothing. I see recent events being far different and more urgent than in the past, and here’s why:

1) The West needs to realize that North Korea is under new leadership. The blowhard days of Kim Jung Il are over, and little is known about his son, Kim Jong Un. So far, the young dictator has followed through on everything he said he would do, including the multiple nuclear tests that the West is using as an excuse to exert sanctions. To assume that the son will be exactly like the father is folly.

2) Many people claimed that North Korean threats to abandon the Armistice in place since 1953 were empty, yet they dropped it exactly as they said they would at the beginning of March.

3) The North has begun cutting off direct communication channels to the South, including a cross-border hotline meant to help alleviate tensions through diplomatic means.

4) The North has officially declared a state of war against the South. This has been called mere “tough talk” by the U.S. government, but the speed at which these multiple developments have occurred should be taken into consideration.

5) North Korea has just announced the reopening of a shuttered nuclear reactor used to render weapons grade materials.

6) The DPRK has suddenly locked down the Kaesong Industrial Zone; a region which holds manufacturing centers for both North and South Korea. Southern manufacturers operating there employ nearly 50,000 Northern workers. Nearly 1000 Southerners also work there. The arrangement generates approximately $2 billion a year for the North. The joint industrial zone has existed since 2000, and the North has never locked down access until this past week.  The fact that the DPRK is willing to restrict this area and possibly lose a sizable income signals that the situation is not as “mild” as some would like to believe.

7) At the beginning of this year, silver purchases by the North from China surged. For the entire year of 2012, the government purchased $77,000 worth of precious metals. In the first few months of 2013, North Korea has already purchased $600,000 in silver. The exact size of the North’s precious metals stockpile is unknown. Though seemingly small in comparison to many purported metal holdings by major powers, this sudden investment expansion would indicate a government move to protect internal finances from an exceedingly frail economic environment.  Metals are also historically accumulated at a high rate by nations preparing for war or invasion in the near term.

Again, all that is needed to instigate an event on the Korean Peninsula are tightened sanctions. The establishment knows this, though another Gulf of Tonkin incident (an openly admitted false flag event) may be on the menu as well.

Given that the chances of a shooting war are high if sanctions continue, it might be wise to consider the consequences of conflagration in Korea.

Dealing with a large army steeped in asymmetric and mountain warfare will be difficult enough.  In fact, an invasion of North Korea would be far more deadly than Afghanistan, if only because of the sheer number of maneuver elements (guerilla-style units) on the ground. But let’s set aside North Korea for a moment and consider the greatest threat of all: dollar collapse.

As I have discussed in numerous articles, China, the largest foreign holder of U.S. debt, has positioned itself to decouple from the American consumer and the dollar. This is no longer a theoretical process as it was in 2008, but a very real and nearly completed one. Mainstream analysts often claim China would never break from the dollar because it would damage their export markets and their investment holdings. The problem is, China is already dumping the dollar using bilateral trade agreements with numerous developing nations, Australia being the latest to abandon the greenback.

China isn’t just talking about it; China is doing it.

The development of a decoupled China is part of a larger push by international banks to remove the dollar as the world reserve currency and replace it with a new global currency. This currency already exists. The International Monetary Fund’s Special Drawing Rights (SDR) is a mechanism backed by a basket of currencies as well as gold. The introduction of the SDR on a wide scale is dependent on only two things:

  • First, China has been designated the replacement consumer engine in the wake of a U.S. collapse. They have already surpassed the United States as the No. 1 trading power in the world. However, they must spread their own currency, the Yuan, throughout global markets in order to aid the IMF in removing the dollar. China has recently announced a program to sell more than $6 trillion in Yuan denominated bonds to foreign investors, easily fulfilling this need.
  • Second, China and the IMF need a scapegoat event, a rationale for dumping the dollar that the masses would accept as logical. A U.S. invasion of North Korea could easily offer that rationale.

While China has been playing the good Samaritan in relations with the United States in dealing with North Korea and has supported (at least on paper) certain measures including sanctions, China will never be in support of Western combat actions in the Pacific so close to their territory. The kind of U.S. or NATO presence a war with North Korea would generate would be entirely unacceptable to the Chinese, who do not need to respond using arms. Rather, all they have to do to get rid of us would be to fully dump the dollar and threaten to cut off trade relations with any other country that won’t do the same. The domino effect would be devastating, causing U.S. costs to skyrocket and forcing us to pull troops out of the region. At the same time, the dollar would be labeled a “casualty of war” rather than a casualty of conspiratorial global banking designs, and the financial elites would be removed from blame.

Ultimately, we should take the North Korean situation seriously not because of the wild-eyed propaganda of the mainstream media and not because they are “doing business with terrorists” or because they are a “violent and barbaric relic of nationalism,” but because a war in North Korea serves the more malicious interests of globalization. No matter what happens in the near future, it is important for Americans to always question the true motives behind any event and ask ourselves who, in the end, truly benefited.

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Longtermnotreally's picture

Something's got to give, might as well blame it on the North Koreans

McMolotov's picture

Is everybody in? Is everybody in?? Is everybody in???

The ceremony is about to begin.

Wake up!

spankthebernank's picture

Where have we seen this before?  Such bullshit.  Wag The Dog is a mighty relevant concept, idea, movie whatever.  Fearmongers rule the shadows.

McMolotov's picture

There doesn't even need to be an actual physical war, just the perpetual threat of war.

Defense spending must never be cut, the police state must continue to grow, and we must learn to accept everything the government does in the name of security.

Longtermnotreally's picture

This time it's too messy, they need a real war

RockyRacoon's picture

The question is... who is the "they" that you speak of?  I see NK as needing the war.

...North Korean reserves are estimated at more than 8 million, compared to only 800,000 in the United States. If made desperate by economic sanctions, the North Koreans could field a massive army that would wreak havoc in the South and be very difficult to root out on their home turf.

Driving them all over the border to SK could result in some massive attrition, especially if the "army" was composed of mainly women and older children.   That would certainly result in a lessening of the burden of what NK sees as useless eaters.   Of course, there is the subsequent international humanitarian relief for NK that would ensue.  It's the perfect scenario for a major shift in NK, either of population composition or ideological change.   It's a war that they could see as a win -- either way.

The Alarmist's picture

Does a bear shit in the woods?

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

"7) At the beginning of this year, silver purchases by the North from China surged. For the entire year of 2012, the government purchased $77,000 worth of precious metals. In the first few months of 2013, North Korea has already purchased $600,000 in silver"

WOW, in 2012 the Norks purchased, count em, about 5 monster boxes of silver!!  And they really ramped it up in 2013, to 40 monster boxes of silver.  The North Koreans are some big players!!

Sofa King Confused's picture

North K needs a central bank installed in their country

AldousHuxley's picture

they executed their central banker and reset the currency 100 to 1.

TwoShortPlanks's picture

Kim Jong Un...Un is for U.N.

He's all for Agenda21 too since North Korea is pretty much the Agenda21 poster child.

In fact, we modelled Agenda21 on North Korea, but don't tell Kim, shit like that really goes to his head.


gold-is-not-dead's picture

These are desperate moves from the globalists... As soon as one of them breaks, they're all going to dig into some wholes and to learn how to use brain-wallet since their funds aren't safe anymore in Cyprus, and the gold is a heavy motherfucker to carry around in tons…

boogerbently's picture

1) NK will cease to (exist) be a problem.

2) The global $$ problem will be fixed.

3) Gold will skyrocket.

4) If they're smart, a lot of the Middle East/Africa problems will be "addressed."

AldousHuxley's picture

they executed their central banker and reset the currency 100 to 1.

Stuck on Zero's picture

The silver purchases were probably not for monetary reasons but for reactor control rods. Silver-Indium-Cadmium alloys, generally 80% Ag, 15% In, and 5% Cd, are a common control rod material for pressurized water reactors. 

I'm not sure if that is reassuring.


deKevelioc's picture

The silver is for the kid at the wheel.

Professorlocknload's picture


Add the fact we have a POTUS just chomping at the bit to prove his machismo, in a move to rally support for his failing agenda as well as an excuse for .gov spending acceleration.

Pueblo Incident coming up? Not even a remote possibility? Really?

Why is Putin calling in currency over the next 3 months?

Why is PRC stirring up things with Japan?

Watch gold. $100+ daily downs mean military trouble, as nations scramble for foreign currencies.

Professorlocknload's picture

Every war starts small, with something acting as a trigger. 911? Whoed a thunk 18 guys in airplanes could have caused two ME wars?

Assassination of Diem?

Proxy wars always start in some back woods place.

Miffed Microbiologist's picture

Maybe they're just implementing " The Mouse that Roared" scenario? Real war can be a little too messy.


Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Globalist bankster just is get more efficient, collude to create crisis to incite panic, but agree not to spend so much on arms and destruction. End of day, same game to traffic in human soul.

stant's picture

the army will have to borrow bullets from the people and dhs

morning's picture

i hope I get a chance to cash my JPY shorts before it flies.

kaiserhoff's picture

$600,000 in silver.  What's he gonna buy?  A fucking chicken ranch?

Tell us about the N Korean Air Force, and how they can't afford the fuel to actually train pilots for their 1950's vintage crappola.

CH1's picture

Tell us about the N Korean Air Force, and how they can't afford the fuel to actually train pilots for their 1950's vintage crappola.

Right. Unless the DC boys do it themselves, the Norks haven't the ability to make good on their (reported) threats.

ExpendableOne's picture

Give a few hundred thousand starving "volunteers" a rifle and a few rounds and send them south.  South Korea is a huge economy and direct competitor for many Chinese products.

dark pools of soros's picture

and like old Soviet style, send the next wave with some shells and without a rifle to pick one up from the front line

runningman18's picture

NK is a considerable global arms supplier.  You don't think they have access to decent weapons technology?  They trade with China for crying out loud.

kaiserhoff's picture

Check it your own self.  60 minutes did a longer piece, but it didn't come up.



runningman18's picture

Why would NK try to compete with expensive U.S. air superiority when they can just purchase high grade Chinese missile tech to blast carrier ships and bases?

I suggest you read a few books on the concept of assymetric warfare, as the author describes. 

Boris Alatovkrap's picture

Boris is expert on asymmetrical warfare - shrapnel in right fibula is to make for shorter leg so is walk funny.

Colonel Klink's picture

His childs names are going to be Kim jong AG and Kim jong AU!  Hahaha

ihedgemyhedges's picture

In an earlier post someone said "Short the dong."  As a man, you never want to hear the two words "short" and "dong" in the same sentence.  Especially from someone of the female persuasion.......

wee-weed up's picture


-- George Costanza

lotusblue's picture

Naomi Klein. The Shock Docterine.Never let a crisis go unmanipulated

AldousHuxley's picture

boy who cried wolf.


shock value lost when you have constant crisis....N. Korea is in this business for 3 generations.

ronaldawg's picture

Author said:

It is easy to forget that the last Korean War did not work out so well for us.

Total utter horseshit.  North Koreans attack in May 1950 - they are pushed back to the Chinese border by October 1950, when China enters the war - the North Koreans are decimated by that point.  The Chinese fight the rest of the war with a casualty rate of 7 to 10 times the US/UN losses.  North Koreans are puppets of the Chinese after October 1950.

I was stationed in South Korea - mostly flat and moderate rolling hills, sort of like Southern California with no trees and very cold (at times).  North is even worse.  There is no where to hide unlike Afghanistan.  Also because it is North Korea, the U.S. Military can do precision and carpet bombing.  Living in tunnels plays to the US strength.  Obama can go nuts with his drones.  War will be over very quickly.  South Korea will be toast but I don't see how it could spread elsewhere.

This article is a liberal wet dream.

runningman18's picture

So then, if we "won" in North Korea the first time, why are we doing this shit all over again today?  Are you one of those guys that also claims we "won Vietnam" and we are "winning in Afghanistan"?  Don't let your misplaced pride blind you to the danger right in front of your face.

ronaldawg's picture

Politicians didn't want to win.  Most people living in the US at the time knew little or nothing about the Korean war - it was coined a "Police action". 

Straw man of Afghanistan is nonsensical.  

My point was if we finished the Korean war to the logical end - the world would be a better place and this NORK would have never been born.

defencev's picture

Just one word about this "article": bullshit. Any kind of "strike" against US (and I do not believe that there is anything in North Korea capable of reaching continental US) will lead to total obliteration of that space. Nobody is going to invade them.

"The author " of this article is an idiot which should have been obvious from his previous postings.

dasein211's picture

Think about it. NK would be annihilated of course but an EMP would leave our whole country like sitting ducks. We'd pretty much kill ourselves. Imagine one MONTH no electricity. It would kill us economically for sure. We'd be at our weakest and ripest for the picking. It would be china's wet dream militarily..... And Russia's. No iPads to eat. We'd go crazy.

ihedgemyhedges's picture

You're right about the EMP finishing us.  Just think, young teen chicks couldn't facebook from their iPhones, fat unhappy married women couldn't watch Real Housewives of Miami/Atlanta/New York/Beverly Hills, etc and the EBT cards wouldn't work at the strip clubs.  It would be pure pandemonium......

CH1's picture

You're right about the EMP finishing us.

False fear, my friends. Good for novels.

EMPs have a very limited footprint. Think about it.

BigJim's picture

Bingo. You'd need scores of EMP-enhanced nukes to seriously damage the US - along with the means to deliver them.

Mind you, if they could EMP NYC, things could get interesting in the world of finance real fast... .

dasein211's picture

Uh no. It depends on how the nuke is built. A nuke geared toward an EMP type blast can be very small yet EMP a huge range. There was a congressional report out in 2009 I believe that covered this very scenario.

Sean7k's picture

The Congressional report was panned after further study.

dasein211's picture

From what I understand, you have to adjust the core to get maximal gamma ray emission. It's a matter of designing it so as many gamma's escape as possible. That means less core shielding before detonation. A large yield detonation is done in two stages with high shielding in order to maximize the fission reaction before it gets to the hydrogen for fusion. A smaller yield weapon could be maximized to create a large E3 impulse theoretically. It is very altitude dependent. This is all theoretical since we can't actually test the weapons and can only use mostly computer modeling but it still seems feasible. I also don't trust how DPRK keeps emphasizing their "small scale" tactical weaponry. They seem to be either bluffing this very thing or have an ace under their sleeve. Lots of testing data they could have got from Russia that we don't know about. Don't underestimate anything they can do. Lots of empires have been crushed by underestimating their adversaries.

Andre's picture

50 miles up. Two. One megaton each.

Starfish Prime.

New_Meat's picture

dude, take a toke, relax.

how does an EMP from DPRK get into north america?

PRC and Russia are also rather more electronic than you admit.

With your boogie-man postulate that EMP kills everything, it is self-suicide* to do a low-ground burst that spreads the EMP across the world.

- Ned

*These days, it is important to know the distinction between self-suicide and "suicide". Don't cha' know.

** ;-O

Winston Churchill's picture

Prolly the same way those tons of blow and weed do.

The southern border is a joke, could ll slip a tank division thru'

unoticed on an early Sundy morning.

Orientals like attacking Sunday mornings.

defencev's picture

I found it especially idiotic the reference to increasing purchasing of silver by North Korea: does "the author" presume that North Korean prepare silver bullets against "American vampires"?