SHAFAQNA – “Nero fiddled while Rome burned” …
With what can only be described as an incendiary address to the United Nations General Assembly, US President Trump christened his mandate as speaker with a grand call for war, threatening to annihilate North Korea for sitting an alleged threat to America’s hegemonic ambitions in the Far East.
If President Trump has already proven to be rash in his decisions, and rather crude with his remarks, his newly found propensity to pick a war or two should send shivers down the most aggressive of neocons … Mr Trump is not just engaging in war talks, he is actively flirting with a nuclear holocaust.
A modern day Neo, Trump’s tirade left little room for diplomacy – never mind the possibility of a detente with Pyongyang. But that of course would be to assume that Washington is indeed interesting in peace-building instead of warmongering and war-making.
It would be foolish for any of us to remain under any illusion as to America’s intent when it comes to its foreign policy. A super military power which foundations are now firmly weaved around an all encompassing military complex, America reinvented itself a weapon of war per se. I would personally posit that America’s very existence is directed towards military interventionism.
Enough wars have fought over the past decade, which wars were rationalised around false narratives and artificial binaries for any of us to doubt America’s real intent.
The match to Nero’s pyre, Mr Trump has become a harbinger for total war.
The trick here would be to wake up to whose agenda America is truly serving … it is certainly not its people.
“North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life. It is an outrage that some nations would not only trade with such a regime, but would arm supply and financially support a country that imperils the world with nuclear conflict. No nation on earth has an interest in seeing this band of criminals arm itself with nuclear weapons and missiles.
The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. ‘Rocket Man’ is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary,” Trump called out.
What can we expect now that America’s war narrative has been rolled out, and mainstream media left to build THAT monster: North Korea, President Trump just rose on the floor of the UN General Assembly?
Speaking to Al Jazeera Donald Kurk, an expert on North Korea warned of the repercussions Mr Trump’s ‘bombastic’ speech will undoubtedly lead to.
“I expected him to talk tough and strong – but I did not expect him to talk quite that tough and quite that strongly,” he observed stressing that with diplomacy firmly out the equation there was little hope of anything else but escalation.
And: “North Koreans are not going to back down – if anything they are going to increase the tempo of their programme. I think we can forget about North Korea saying, ‘let’s go to negotiations.'”
But is night really setting? Or rather on whose horizon is the sun really setting?
For all its military grandiloquence and bravado the United States of America is not exactly in a position of strength. If anything Trump’s rhetoric should be understood as a last ditch attempt to regain prominence among dynamics that have eroded at America’s empire construct.
America’s star is waning and its seat of power knows it only too well … hence the need for a military confrontation to reaffirm superiority.
And yes I will grant you that America does in fact pose a threat to global security in that we potentially have a mad man sitting on very real nuclear codes … but then again Trump’s rash rationale could precipitate America’s isolation and thus create a space where nations could formulate a new path.
The world has not ended just yet!
America’s veneer of respectability however suffered a blow it is unlikely to come back from.
As for North Korea, Pyongyang has already voiced its resolve in meeting each threat with equal measure.
“In case the US opts for confrontation and war at last, defying the strategic position of the DPRK, nuclear power of Juche and a world military giant, it will meet horrible nuclear strike and miserable and final ruin,” the government warned through North Korea’s state-owned Central News Agency.
And: “The US cooked up another ‘sanctions resolution’ at the United Nations Security Council as part of its unprecedented military threat and sanctions and blockade to stifle the DPRK,” the statement read. “The US. describes the DPRK’s nuclear deterrence for self-defense as the ‘biggest threat to peace,’ but it is no more than a shameful logic and a brigandish deed to justify its crimes against peace on the Korean Peninsula.”
By Catherine Shakdam – Director Shafaqna Institute of Middle Eastern Studies
This article appeared first in the American Herald Tribune