Canada will co-host along with the United States the “United Nations Command Sending States Meeting” in Vancouver on January 16, as part of what U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calls “the pressure campaign against North Korea.” Preparations for this event began prior to November of last year. Under the guise of supporting a rules-based international order, the meeting brings together the original 21 aggressor countries that sent troops to wage the brutal war against Korea between 1950 and 1953. The war against Korea took the lives of over 4 million Korean citizens and amongst other crimes, razed the city of Pyongyang to the ground.
The U.S. is mobilizing into its aggressive war alliance, along with certain other countries, the aggressor states that attacked Korea. Canada and the U.S. call this alliance, which is unsanctioned and outside the United Nations, the “Vancouver Group.” The coalition is another created in the style of a mafia cartel that marauds in the name of high ideals in pursuit of the U.S. imperialist striving to control the world. It is similar to the “coalition of the willing” that attacked Iraq with its “shock and awe” destruction of Baghdad in 2003, except in this case Canada is a willing participant.
Global Affairs Canada says the Vancouver meeting is an opportunity for foreign ministers to “demonstrate solidarity in opposition to North Korea’s dangerous and illegal actions and to work together to strengthen diplomatic efforts toward a secure, prosperous and denuclearized Korean peninsula. To this end, foreign ministers will discuss ways to increase the effectiveness of the global sanctions regime in support of a rules-based international order.”
For Canada to speak about “support of a rules-based international order” is disingenuous when it participates in circumventing the UN to form a coalition taking decisions about a UN member country without the participation of the targeted country or others who may not accept further threats. Furthermore, this comes at a time when the U.S. has repeatedly used its influence in the UN Security Council to impose crippling economic sanctions directed at the people of the DPRK. The DPRK did not capitulate to the U.S. in 1950 and it is not likely to capitulate to crippling sanctions today either. With this Vancouver meeting, the U.S. is looking to its allies to help “increase the pressure campaign” with a view to destroying the DPRK. The world already witnessed how this happened in Iraq.
With this meeting, the U.S. and Canada are creating a framework based on portraying the DPRK as an aggressor nation, which must be contained at all costs to secure peace on the Korean Peninsula. This perpetuates the Cold War disinforming outlook used to justify the Korean War in the first place. That war was waged to secure the Korean Peninsula for the U.S. imperialists who had divided Korea and fomented a civil war there in the 1945-1950 period. Just as the Japanese imperialists had used an occupied Korea to launch their war to colonize China in 1931, the U.S. wanted to use a subjugated and occupied Korea to stop the spread of communism in Asia and as a staging ground on mainland Asia to defeat the Chinese people who were on the cusp of victory in their century long struggle against colonial occupation.
The U.S. aggressors accuse the Korean people, in the form of the DPRK, of being an aggressor against themselves and their own nation. The truth is otherwise. Through their own efforts, the Korean people achieved victory in 1945 following their liberation war against Japan and its brutal colonial occupation of Korea since 1905 upon the conclusion of the Russo-Japanese War.
Gaining victory over the Japanese militarists, the Korean people aspired to realize the fruits of their hard-won independence. But the U.S. imperialists could not countenance the Koreans establishing their own rule and intervened to subjugate Korea for their own aim of global hegemony.
Despite the defeat of the Japanese in Korea and the defeat of Japanese militarism during the Second World War, the U.S. imperialists brought the Japanese ruling elite back to Korea to administer the south which was under U.S. occupation. This led to the division of Korea into two and caused a civil war.
The ensuing narrative that the DPRK launched the Korean War by aggression against the south of their own country is a Cold War anti-communist fairy tale to portray the communists as aggressive, dangerous, irrational, hegemonic and the cause of all the problems. The U.S. is falsely portrayed as the indispensable nation upholding human rights, peace and freedom. The U.S. Cold War construct bears no resemblance to how matters posed themselves in the world in 1950 or now in 2018.
Despite and because of the sanctions and provocations the Korean people face for desiring peace on their Peninsula, and against all odds, the Korean people seek the peaceful reunification of their nation and for all foreign troops and weapons to be removed from Korean soil. From the time of President Kim Il Sung who led Korea to victory over the Japanese invaders in 1945, the leadership in the north of the country persists in efforts to reunify the country. It has put forward a two system solution that has worked effectively in China as concerns Hong Kong and Macao, both of which are integral parts of China. Several times, the Presidents of south Korea who managed to break out from the U.S. stranglehold, however briefly, engaged in talks to take concrete measures to reunify the nation, which the DPRK greeted with sincerity and enthusiasm.
The division of the Korean nation is a tragedy that requires a solution but the U.S. imperialists and other belligerent countries remain indifferent to the profound suffering the Korean people have experienced as a result of this division. Families have literally been kept apart for 70 years. To undermine efforts at reunification, the U.S. imperialists and their allies are coming together in this coalition once again to meddle in the internal affairs of the Korean people to maintain control over the Korean Peninsula.
Efforts that promote reunification, such as having a joint delegation at this year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, south Korea, and holding top level meetings are not manoeuvres showing that Donald Trump’s threats work. They are concrete expressions of the policy of promoting reunification, such as the two inter-Korean summits of 2000 and 2007, which informs the foreign and domestic policy of the DPRK.
Canada was a belligerent nation operating under U.S. command under the cover of the UN flag in 1950-53 in the war against Korea. As such, Canada has a responsibility to make amends. At that time China had been blocked from taking its seat in the Security Council and Russia was not present in protest of China’s exclusion. Today, both China and Russia are present in the Security Council and the use of their veto could block the U.S. imperialists from once again operating under the UN flag for nefarious purposes. However today too the big powers refuse to uphold the UN Charter and renew international relations on a modern basis. The UN must not be used as an instrument of aggression against Korea. The Security Council has levelled increasingly crippling sanctions against the DPRK in the name of trying to force it to give up testing what it considers its nuclear deterrent. The experience of Iraq was conclusive as concerns the use of sanctions. A UN report found that, from 1991 to late 1995, as many as 576,000 Iraqi children died because of the harsh economic sanctions, of which then-U.S. ambassador to the UN Madeleine Albright was a vocal supporter. In 1996 she famously said that these deaths were “worth it.” Far from ending the sanctions, President Clinton made her Secretary of State and, when sanctions failed to achieve the desired results, the U.S. invaded Iraq with its “coalition of the willing.”
The creation of this “United Nations Command Sending States Meeting” in Vancouver to give legitimacy to a body taking decisions to further U.S. imperialist aims by calling the DPRK an aggressor is a Cold War fraud and will not pass. Whatever the meeting decides will not be in accordance with a rules-based international order and will not contribute to peace, freedom or rights.
Canadians must take responsibility for establishing a framework that will lead to peace on the Korean Peninsula. Canadians want their government to be a factor for peace and justice in the world not war. They want a “rules-based international order,” not coalitions of willing participants in U.S. aggression and striving for hegemony. To achieve what they want Canadians must participate in elaborating what it means to be for peace and a “rules-based international order.” These matters are a profound concern about which the people have the right to deliberate and speak.
Canadians must not permit Canada to be used once again as a tool of U.S. imperialism to wage war on the Korean people or any other people!
1. Twenty-one UN member countries participated in the aggression against Korea calling it a UN police action. Sixteen aggressor countries supplied fighting units: United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Colombia, Ethiopia, France, Greece, the Netherlands, South Africa, Turkey, Thailand, the Philippines and Belgium (whose battalion included personnel from Luxembourg).
Five countries contributed medical detachments: Denmark, India, Italy, Norway and Sweden.
2. See also:
– “U.S. Must Immediately End Its Provocations and Sign a Peace Treaty with the DPRK,” TML Weekly, December 2, 2017.
– “Koreans Demand Closure of U.S. Base and an End to Canadian and Australian Warships in Their Ports, TML Weekly, December 2, 2017.”
Source: TML Weekly, January 13, 2018 – No. 1