Ron Paul: "How To End The Korea Crisis"

Authored by Ron Paul via The Ron Paul Institute for Peace & Prosperity,

The descent of US/North Korea “crisis” to the level of schoolyard taunts should be remembered as one of the most bizarre, dangerous, and disgraceful chapters in US foreign policy history.

President Trump, who holds the lives of millions of Koreans and Americans in his hands, has taken to calling the North Korean dictator “rocket man on a suicide mission.”

Why? To goad him into launching some sort of action to provoke an American response? Maybe the US president is not even going to wait for that.

We remember from the Tonkin Gulf false flag that the provocation doesn’t even need to be real.

We are in extremely dangerous territory and Congress for the most part either remains asleep or is cheering on the sabre-rattling.

Now we have North Korean threats to detonate hydrogen bombs over the Pacific Ocean and US threats to “totally destroy” the country.

We are told that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is a “madman.” That’s just what they said about Saddam, Gaddafi, Assad, and everyone else the neocons target for US military action. We don’t need to be fans of North Korea to be skeptical of the war propaganda delivered by the mainstream media to the benefit of the neocons and the military industrial complex.

Where are the cooler heads in Washington to tone down this war footing?

Making matters worse, there is very little understanding of the history of the conflict. The US spends more on its military than the next ten or so countries combined, with thousands of nuclear weapons that can destroy the world many times over. Nearly 70 years ago a US-led attack on Korea led to mass destruction and the death of nearly 30 percent of the North Korean population. That war has not yet ended.

Why hasn’t a peace treaty been signed? Newly-elected South Korean president Moon Jae-in has proposed direct negotiations with North Korea leading to a peace treaty. The US does not favor such a bilateral process. In fact, the US laughed off a perfectly sensible offer made by the Russians and Chinese, with the agreement of the North Koreans, for a “double freeze” – the North Koreans would suspend missile launches if the US and South Korea suspend military exercises aimed at the overthrow of the North Korean government.

So where are there cooler heads? Encouragingly, they are to be found in South Korea, which would surely suffer massively should a war break out. While US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, was bragging that the new UN sanctions against North Korea would result in a near-complete blockade of the country (an act of war), the South Korean government did something last week that shocked the world: it announced an eight million dollar humanitarian aid package for pregnant mothers and infant children in North Korea. The US and its allies are furious over the move, but how could anyone claim the mantle of “humanitarianism” while imposing sanctions that aim at starving civilians until they attempt an overthrow of their government?

Here’s how to solve the seven-decade old crisis:

pull all US troops out of North Korea;


end all military exercises on the North Korean border;


encourage direct talks between the North and South and offer to host or observe them with an international delegation including the Russians and Chinese, which are after all Korea’s neighbors.

The schoolyard insults back and forth between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un are not funny. They are in fact an insult to all of the rest of us!


Slack Jack JRobby Mon, 09/25/2017 - 13:40 Permalink

Engdahl says Kim Jong Un is false opposition.

Engdahl says that Kim Jong Un lived in Switzerland from 1991 until 2000. He attended the Liebefeld Steinhölzli school in Köniz near Bern. The strongest hint that Kim Jong Un is a "Pentagon" puppet and not a communist (Chinese) puppet is that he had China's best friend in Pyongyang, Jang Sung-taek, executed. He also ordered the systematic execution of all other members of Jang's family including children and grandchildren (and others that were considered too close to China).

Other hints are that he is usefully (to the US) provocative and doesn't seem to listen to China.

Engdahl also thinks North Korea is an Pentagon Vassal State, but it seems more likely that Kim Jong Un is indeed a "Pentagon" man but that North Korea is (i.e., will be treated as) an enemy state.…

Remember: The first rule for fighting a (real) war is to place your own puppet as the leader of the enemy.

Also, one should not forget that Trump, Obama, Bush and Clinton are all Jews.

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Theosebes Goodfellow house biscuit Mon, 09/25/2017 - 16:08 Permalink

~"pull all US troops out of North Korea;"~

We have troops in North Korea?

Look, Kim Jong-Un is a panhandler with a revolver. He threatens you with violence unless you feed him. It worked for his daddy and grandaddy, but as they say down south, "that dog don't hunt no more".

Trump is calling his punk ass out. Maybe Ron Paul should go over there to NK and see if he can get the fatuous little plump boy to see reason, (though I doubt it).

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giovanni_f secretargentman Mon, 09/25/2017 - 15:15 Permalink

"Please explain". ZH commenter "Itinerant" explained it to you already. See here:…"The problem was not created by carving the Korean peninsula up -- that was simply a rough division of work. The US was keen on enlisting the help of the Soviets in freeing Manchuria and Korea from Japan (Teheran Conference, 1943). The Soviets attacked Japan at 12:01 am on Aug 9, exactly 3 months after the defeat of Germany, as promised. The Soviets (1.5 million men; 11,000 deaths) rolled through Manchuria in no time, and Japan capitulated on Aug 15. The Soviets were in Pyongyang Aug 24, and judging by their momentum (Manchuria is bigger than Western Europe), they could easily have occupied the rest of the peninsula, but stupidly and gullibly honoured the agreement with the Allies and waited until the Americans landed a small party at Incheon on Sept 8. The Americans were welcomed by a delegation from the provisional government, consisting mostly of members of the Korean resistance, but the Americans refused to talk to them, preferring to do business with the capitulated Japanese occupation authority in Seoul. And the rest is history as they say. It was about regime change from day 1 (with the necessary revolts and authoritarian repression). The problem was created by the naive and gullible Stalin and the Soviets: They could easily have prevented the whole problem by iliberating the rest of the peninsula."

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grizfish secretargentman Mon, 09/25/2017 - 15:08 Permalink

"North Korean invasion of South Korea on 6/25/1950"Show me the facts to back up this statement of yours.  Do yourself a favor and conduct a little research on your own instead of believing everything you read and hear.  The actual letters within our government from 1950 still exist.  The US invaded North Korea!  That is a provable fact.  Look at this situation from the perspective of a North Korean, whose country was almost decimated before their collective efforts threw out the invaders.

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ed31337 grizfish Mon, 09/25/2017 - 19:39 Permalink

Correct, except for that last bit. North Koreans' collective efforts didn't throw out the USA invaders. It was the Chinese that threw us out. The US had North Korea licked, but pushed a little too far, a little too close to the Chinese border and then the Chinese came out in droves from the mountains above. 

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NiggaPleeze secretargentman Mon, 09/25/2017 - 16:12 Permalink

 The North Korean attack on South Korea, to re-unify the country, did not bring that death and destruction to N. Korea.  It was the US deciding to get involved, and not only driving the N. Koreans back acrouss the 38th Parallel, but bombing virtually all N. Korean cities into smithereens and committing countless other war crimes.Whether or not you support (and you obviously do) US war when it's not any of US' business, the point is N. Korea didn't attack the US but the US did lead an attack on N. Korea that resulted in that massive civilian death toll, and the N. Koreans remember it quite well, even if you ddidn't have to suffer through the horror of it all..

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edotabin NiggaPleeze Mon, 09/25/2017 - 16:37 Permalink

It was Stalin who armed the North with tanks. The South didn't have a chance.Kim Il Sung spent a significant amount of time in Russia prior to returning to Korea. He was Stalin's manAs for the term reunification, it is ridiculous in this case. For the North it means invading SK and for SK it means removing Kim's style of government.

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giovanni_f Hans-Zandvliet Mon, 09/25/2017 - 16:11 Permalink

Unfortunately it is not in the DNA of the Angloimperialists to let others live in peace. Either they keep them as eternal vasalls (Germany, Japan) or when kicked out draw frontiers designed to create centuries of war (Syria, India) or destroy what they cannot exploit to prevent others might profit (Libya, Iraq).I came to the conclusion that the US is similar to a mentally deranged person. It simply CAN NOT SHUT THE FUCK UP and be happy with what it has. It is craving for complete domination. No cure possible. The Korean crisis could be solved in a couple of days following the advice of Ron Paul, see above.But it ain't gonna happen. China and Russia are the declared enemies. NK is but a tool to weaken those primary targets. The deep state welcomes Kim Jong-Un as easy prey for the creation of a casus belli.

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nuubee DulciusExMan Mon, 09/25/2017 - 13:59 Permalink

Normally I agree with Ron Paul, but it is not foolish to reject the China/Russia deal offer. If the U.S. ends joint excercises with S.Korea, it ends up with a situation with hundreds of artillery pieces aimed at Seoul and no rehearsed military plan to deal with it.The Kim's will have to accept excercises as long as they're pointing Artillery at Seoul.

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Oldwood nuubee Mon, 09/25/2017 - 15:46 Permalink

What would be interesting is to see Ron as president, and then see if he actually followed through with his "peace" plans.Once you have the actual responsibility AND the knowledge that YOU will be held responsible, decisions would get a lot harder.Let's say we did pullout, and the North subsequently and immediately invaded and over ran the south killing untold numbers of (at this point) pretty much defenseless people? Who wants to be left holding THAT bag? There is NO evidence that NK has peaceful intentions and they have attacked the south numerous times already (fake news, right?). But no, let's just do it, just see what happens. The reality is that nobody cares about Koreans, north or south. They only fear their own consequences.Let the south decide. If they want us out, we leave, but only on the condition that we will not return, will not aid militarily or financially if invaded. Choices have consequence. If, as so many claim, America is universally despised and foreign nations  want us out, then we should leave it to them....under these same conditions, and if we are forced to return, not for their defense but ours, then once concluded, we OWN their asses, assets, liberty and all.God knows we have intervened in far too many instances and can afford none of them, so let's take stock and let our "allies" decide. Are they with us, or on their own. The notion that we can remain the world's police in order to stem nuclear proliferation has proven a failure. In my mind there is no other excuse unless the people of those countries overwhelmingly? request our involvement.It's gone to far. Can't put the genie back in the bottle.

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MoreFreedom Automatic Choke Mon, 09/25/2017 - 13:45 Permalink

I like Ron Paul, but he's 82 now and perhaps he meant out of South Korea because their presence scares both the North and South Koreans.  Paul has been promoting the idea of bringing our troops home to the US to defend the US rather than other nations anyway (a great idea IMHO).   We can always leave a few people around to collect intellignce if that's needed. 

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Dirtnapper Mon, 09/25/2017 - 13:26 Permalink

Simple way to end it, offer SK and JP to teach them the technology behind making nukes.  I'm sure China will be just thrilled to have two new nuclear powers at her doorstep.  

truthseeker69 Mon, 09/25/2017 - 13:27 Permalink

Dialog is the solution, Indeed! But then we couldn't inflate our way out of our $20T debt, grow the MIC, and proudly wave our flag while chanting "America the Free".