‘We are united by our belief that diplomacy is the only way to resolve the nuclear crisis and threat of war now facing the Korean peninsula’
Leaders in the U.S. and North Korea are not backing down when it comes to escalating tensions in the Korean peninsula, and on Wednesday a unified plea from 40 women leaders around the world demanded that President Donald Trump immediately seek a peace treaty between South Korea and nuclear-armed North Korea.
“This endless militarization must stop.”
—WomenCrossDMZThe women belong to the group WomenCrossDMZ, and “are from academia, business, civil society and the military, and represent a diversity of ethnicities, nationalities, religions, and political views,” the letter (pdf) reads. “We are united by our belief that diplomacy is the only way to resolve the nuclear crisis and threat of war now facing the Korean peninsula.”
Christine Ahn, a peace activist and organizer for WomenCrossDMZ, told the New York Times that the group of women thought of the letter as “our own Scud missile” to put a halt to the frightening escalation of tensions.
“We urge you to do the following to avert war in Korea and bring about a long-desired peace on the peninsula,” the women urged:
- Negotiate a freeze of North Korea’s nuclear and long-range ballistic program in exchange for a U.S. security guarantee that would include suspending U.S.-South Korea military exercises.
- Initiate a peace process with North Korea, South Korea, and China to replace the 1953 Armistice Agreement with a binding peace treaty to end the Korean War. Women must be significantly represented in the peace process in accordance with the spirit of UNSCR 1325.
- Support citizen diplomacy to heal the legacies of the Korean War by establishing a liaison office in Washington and Pyongyang to facilitate retrieval of U.S. Korean War servicemen’s remains and Korean-American family reunions.
“Since 1950, the Korean peninsula has been threatened with nuclear weapons, missile tests, and military exercises that have only served to make 75 million Korean people less secure,” the women write. “In the United States and on both sides of the Korean De-Militarized Zone, the absence of a binding peace accord fuels fear and economic deprivation caused by diverting public resources in preparation for war, including deploying the controversial THAAD missile defense system in South Korea. This endless militarization must stop.”
Indeed, the U.S. provoked local protests in a small rural village in South Korea Wednesday when it moved parts of the anti-missile defense system called Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) there, Reuters reported.
“Protesters shouted and hurled water bottles at [military trailers carrying equipment] over lines of police holding them back,” the wire service wrote.
The U.S. also earned additional criticism from China for its actions. Reuters reported:
“China strongly urges the United States and South Korea to stop actions that worsen regional tensions and harm China’s strategic security interests and cancel the deployment of the THAAD system and withdraw the equipment,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a briefing.
“China will resolutely take necessary steps to defend its interests,” Geng said, without elaborating.
The letter came as Trump prepares to brief the U.S. Senate Wednesday on the heightened situation in the Korean peninsula. Trump made the unusual move of inviting all members of the Senate to the White House for the briefing, Reuters noted.
Francis Boyle, professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law, warned about the possible plans of the Trump administration:
This is a dangerous situation because what Trump could be doing here is to lay some bogus Constitutional predicate for war against DPRK [North Korea], claiming that he’s consulting Congress. In fact, Trump has no authorization for war against DPRK. There was never a Declaration of War by Congress against DPRK. He is currently in violation of the War Powers Resolution Section 2(c) since he is putting U.S. armed forces ‘into situations where imminent involvement in hostilities is clearly indicated by the circumstances.’ He would also be violating the United Nations Charter because the Security Council has not authorized the use of military force to deal with the current situation.
The briefing is scheduled for 3pm.
Following the Senate briefing, the United Nations Security Council will discuss stepping up sanctions against North Korea on Friday, Reuters reports. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be attending. Tillerson previously vowed that when it comes to North Korea, all options, including a “preemptive strike,” are on the table.
North Korea’s foreign ministry condemned the upcoming U.N. meeting. “It is a wild dream for the U.S. to think of depriving the DPRK of its nuclear deterrent through military threat and sanctions. It is just like sweeping the sea with a broom,” the agency said.
“For more than 70 years, isolation, arms, troops, and doomsday threats have been used to separate a once-unified country,” feminist activist and author Gloria Steinem said, according to a press release from WomenCrossDMZ. “Isn’t it time that leaders stop, recognize danger, and listen?”
It was already headed toward collapse, and the costs associated with another major war are going to expedite that process. When it happens, only the folks with real assets will be above water.
April 9th, 2017
You know what’s so tragic about America? Despite all of the wars our nation gets involved in, we’re secretly one of the most peaceful cultures on the planet. We voted for George Bush, because he promised us a non-interventionist foreign policy. We voted for Obama, because he promised to bring the troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan. We voted for Trump, because he promised to end the nation building policies of his predecessor.
And that’s the real tragedy. We’ve been voting for peace for nearly 20 years now, and all we get is war.
That should really tell you something. It should tell you that our system doesn’t care about what the president stands for, or what the voters want. The system is never held accountable for anything, so there is nothing stopping it. One way or another, the deep state always gets its way. So if our government wants a war, then you can bet that we’re going to war.
That was made abundantly clear last week when President Trump ordered the bombing of an air base in Syria. The attack was so provocative, that the Kremlin went so far as to say that the US is now “only one step from war” with Russia. The man who was supposed to buck the system and drain the swamp; the man who promised to restore our relationship with Russia and pull back from brinkmanship, seems to have finally submitted to the warmongers in our government. The deep state’s plan to drag us into a horrible conflagration was only temporarily derailed by Trump, and now it appears that their plans are back on track.
But there’s a silver lining in all of this. Once you know that war is inevitable, and you accept that fact, you can have a pretty good idea of what’s going to happen next. You can finally take steps to prepare for it.
As for what to expect next, you can bet the farm that our economy is not going to survive the next major war, especially if it involves a conflict with Russia or China. Even if this war doesn’t turn into a nuclear slugfest, it’s going to obliterate the global economy and financial system.
For years Russia and China have been building an alternative to the dollar dominated financial system. They’ve built the BRICS financial bloc, they’ve been stocking up on gold, and they’ve been establishing trade agreements that don’t involve the dollar. When war breaks out, there’s going to be another system waiting in the wings to replace the dollar, which has been the world’s reserve currency for decades. The war will motivate China, Russia, and their allies, to pull the rug out from under the current economic paradigm.
Obviously that’s going to significantly weaken the value of the dollar, but it will be just the beginning. The cost of fighting this war will be astronomical. To give you an idea of how costly it will be, World War Two pushed our nation into the highest debt to GDP ratio that we’ve ever been in; a level we haven’t come close to again until very recently. Think about that. We have almost the same debt to GDP ratio as we had when we fought the most expensive and destructive war in our history. As the Wealth Research Group has already pointed out, the dollar is practically on life support. Our government is buried in debt and practically broke as it is, and the cost of fighting another world war would put us over the edge. We’d be bankrupt in no time at all.
When you consider all of this, one thing is absolutely clear. If Trump drags us into another major war, regardless of whether or not it is global in scope, the dollar is going to crash. It may not even survive in its current form. And when that happens, people are going to flee toward safe haven assets. You can rest assured that gold is going to make a comeback, the likes of which none of us have seen in our lifetimes.
The heavy hitters in the investment community have been predicting a dramatic change in the gold market for some time now. And unlike the general public, they weren’t persuaded into thinking that someone like Trump was going to save our country from collapse. For instance, Doug Casey of Casey Research; perhaps one of the most well-respected economic prognosticators, told Future Money Trends the following:
The one thing I feel very confident of is we’re going to have financial chaos in years to come and that’s going to drive people into gold and to a lesser degree into silver.
There’s absolutely no reason from fundamental point of view for bonds and stocks to be as high as they are right now… We’re in for a huge political, financial, demographic and military upset… these people might start World War III or seem like they’re trying to with the Russians… It’s a very dangerous situation.
He said that back in December, after Trump was elected but before he took office. Though he was optimistic about Trump, he clearly wasn’t convinced that he’d be able to prevent an economic collapse. Neither was Amir Adnani, the CEO of GoldMining Inc. Without even considering the possibility of war, he predicted that Trump’s policies would lead to a gold market rally.
So this is really an exceptional window and opportunity for us. We built a war chest with over $21 million of cash on hand, the very large resource base that we have, and that serves as a key point of drawing more companies to us who want to be part of the platform that we’re building. So this is a very interesting window for us; I believe this is a temporary window as well, because there’s no doubt in my mind that the policies of President Trump will prove to be very inflationary. And these very inflationary policies will drive real interest rates into the negative territory, and I really do believe that the stage is set for higher gold prices, but of course, these things take time to develop and manifest themselves.
But when you add war to the mix, it’s obvious that the dollar isn’t going to be able to maintain its current value. Our financial system is both fragile and under enormous pressure. It was already headed toward collapse, and the costs associated with another major war are going to expedite that process. When it happens, only the folks with real assets will be above water. Assets like land, weapons, food, and of course gold, will be the only things separating the haves from the have nots.
If we created this mess, we should be the ones to solve it, not God.
The 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet is always garnering a lot of attention, and for good reason. Most recently, he told the world that simply praying is not the answer for the incident that occurred in Paris, as well as other similiar atrocities that seem to happen all over the globe. He stated that humans have created this problem, and now we are asking God to solve it, which makes no sense. If we created this mess, we should be the ones to solve it, not God. His comments went viral, resonating with many people around the world who realize that action on a mass scale is required at this time to change the direction in which our planet seems to be headed.
Intertwined with the Paris attacks are the realities of war, and there is a great piece written on the Dalai Lama’s website regarding the mass brainwashing of human beings. This is something we touch upon regularly on our website, especially when it comes to incidents of terrorism and war, along with the creation of these groups who are carrying out these attacks all over the world. He writes:
Of course, war and the large military establishments are the greatest sources of violence in the world. Whether their purpose is defensive or offensive, these vast powerful organizations exist solely to kill human beings. We should think carefully about the reality of war. Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous – an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that war is criminal or that accepting it is criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering. (source)
This (above) statement really hits home. If you think about it, these vast and powerful organizations, and the military in general, “exist solely to kill human beings.” As the Dalai Lama touches upon, we are conditioned and made to believe that military service is something to be proud of. Sure, these men and women may be entering into the service in order to serve their country, with a tremendous amount of bravery and good hearted intentions going into that decision, but what they do not know is that this global war on terrorism is a complete fabrication. The enemy they are made to believe they’re defending their country from is actually a product of their own country. As Dr. Michel Chossudovsky , University of Ottawa’s Emeritus Professor of Economics, tells us, the global war on terrorism is completely fake and based on fake premises. Soldiers have been brainwashed into thinking that they are going after an enemy and defending their own country when that same enemy is fully supported and financed by the Western military alliance. As the Dalai Lama argues, this is exactly why “we feel that war is acceptable,” because we are made to believe it’s a necessary course of action.
He then goes on to state that:
Modern warfare waged primarily with different forms of fire, but we are so conditioned to see it as thrilling that we talk about this or that marvelous weapon as a remarkable piece of technology without remembering that, if it is actually used, it will burn living people. War also strongly resembles a fire in the way it spreads. If one area gets weak, the commanding officer sends in reinforcements. This is throwing live people onto a fire. But because we have been brainwashed to think this way, we do not consider the suffering of individual soldiers. No soldiers want to be wounded or die. None of his loved ones wants any harm to come to him. If one soldier is killed, or maimed for life, at least another five or ten people – his relatives and friends – suffer as well. We should all be horrified by the extent of this tragedy, but we are too confused. (source)
The extent of this brainwashing is quite massive, and if we are going to stop the murder of other human beings and war in general, it is that ‘brainwashed’ soldier that needs to wake up. It is a human being pulling the trigger, it is a human being giving the orders to do os, and it is a human being thinking that they are doing something good. We are the reason war exists in the first place; we created it, we participate in it, and we prolong it. Just imagine what would happen if every human being on the planet refused to participate in war? This is why we say change needs to come from within, and as more soldiers wake up to what’s really happening here, more of them will simply refuse to go to war.
“No matter how malevolent or evil are the many murderous dictators who can currently oppress their nations and cause international problems, it is obvious that they cannot harm others or destroy countless human lives if they don’t have a military organisation accepted and condoned by society.” (source)
Some of these soldiers that are used by their corporate/big bank puppetmasters are starting to wake up and speak out. Linked below is an article that provides two excellent examples, with some shocking information that many people are still waking up to (graphic footage warning).
As far as this manufactured global war on terrorism, you can check out this article, among others:
The Dalai Lama then goes on to speak about how expensive war is. This is something many people think about – the fact that the money pumped into the military and the Department of Defense in the United States (including the black budget)could completely alleviate poverty and hunger on our planet. That being said, money is made out of thin air, typed up on a computer screen and printed at will by the controlling elite.
We are talking about, as ex Canadian Defense Minister Paul Hellyer points out, “trillions, and I mean thousands of billions of dollars” that “have been spent on projects which both Congress and the Commander in Chief know nothing about.” Welcome to what president Eisenhower called the military industrial complex where, as he warned us, the rise for misplaced power exists and will persist. What would he say about what’s happened today?
The point is, if we are going to use money as a tool, why not take that many and allocate it to provide food, shelter and clothing for everybody on the planet? The defense expenditures of a couple of countries alone could do this no problem.
“We should feel fed up with the violence and killing going on around us. If a human being is killed by an animal, it’s sad, but if a human being is killed by another human being it’s unthinkable. We have to make a special effort to think of each other as fellow human beings, as our brothers and sisters.” – Dalai Lama (source)
Thank you Dalai Lama for having the courage to share such an important message with the world.
You can read his full article HERE.
This article (The Dalai Lama Speaks About the Mass Brainwashing of Society) was originally created and published by Collective-Evolution.
Dear Nobel Peace Prize Committee members: We hope you will give this hero the medal. While you are thinking on this, do consider taking back the medal you gave to the Obomber. He has been making a mockery of your decision since by bombing innocent civilians all over the planet. This is your chance to redeem yourselves. Otherwise, you will be looked upon as an obsolete useless organization.
US whistle-blower and former spy agency contractor Edward Snowden is among the top candidates for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize which is awarded in Oslo, Norway.
“2016 may finally be Edward Snowden’s year … His leaks are now having a positive effect,” Kristian Berg Harpviken, head of the Peace Research Institute in Oslo told Reuters, putting him on top of his list of candidates.
In the wake of Snowden’s leaks of details of the US government’s spy programs, many countries have been reforming laws to restrict surveillance programs, helping human rights, Harpviken said.
Snowden began leaking classified intelligence documents in June 2013, revealing the extent of the NSA’s spying activities, including the massive collections of phone records of Americans and foreign nationals as well as political leaders around the world.
The US government has filed espionage charges against Snowden, who has been granted asylum in Russia.
An award of the $930,000 prize to Snowden would be a huge snub by NATO member Norway to US President Barack Obama, the 2009 Nobel Peace laureate.
However, the award to Obama was widely criticized in the United States and the rest of the world. It came just nine months after Obama became president.
Harpviken said US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, had the second best chance of winning for their role in negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran last year.
“Huge numbers of nominations are still coming in,” said Olav Njoelstad, director of the Norwegian Nobel Institute. The committee will have its first meeting on February 29 and announce the winner in October.
“In all 239 years of the US existence, it hasn’t been waging wars on other states for only 20 years.”
“Washington has been wasting one third of all military spending in the world on expensive weapons, instead of spending this money on the social needs of the American people in a bid to improve their living conditions.”
In all 239 years of America’s existence, it has resisted waging war on other states for only 20 years. Sometimes it seems that the American government simply cannot contain the urge to go to war with some other poor state.
According to the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet, over the last year the world saw 40 armed conflicts in 27 different locations, and even if 39 can be labeled as “civil wars”, in 13 of them one of the parties received support from external forces. You’ve guessed it right, those “external forces” are more often than not the United States and its allies. Today the United States is directly involved in four military conflicts, while in a handful of other conflicts the fingerprints of Washington can be easily detected. The country that has suffered from American aggression the most is Syria – since the death toll in this Arab state has exceeded the mark of 240,000 people, which means that this conflict has claimed more lives than all the other 39 conflicts on Earth combined.
As it follows from a recent letter by US President Barack Obama to the President pro tempore of the United States Senate Orrin Hatch that was made public, more than 16,750 American commandos are deployed today by the Pentagon in 12 warzones across the world. Additionally, according to the US Ambassador to NATO, Douglas Lute, there’s more than 60,000 American soldiers deployed in Europe today.
In an attempt to secure so-called “American hegemony” with bayonets, Washington has been wasting one third of all military spending in the world on expensive weapons, instead of spending this money on the social needs of the American people in a bid to improve their living conditions.
To justify the excessive military spending by the White House, despite the fact that the person that resides in it is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, in a desperate attempt to get even more funds allocated to the every greedy military giant, the United States Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter called for a new ground operation in Iraq and Syria. Moreover, he knows exactly who will go to Iraq, it will be “the storied 101st Airborne Division,” as Carter wrote in an article published in Politico. The soldiers of this division previously fought in Vietnam, Afghanistan, took part in the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and then until 2006 were based in Mosul.
It should be recalled that Barack Obama along with a number of other officials have repeatedly claimed that the US is not going to get involved in a new large-scale ground war, therefore there will be “no boots on the ground in Syria.” And during the address to the nation on December 7, Obama stated that “spilling American blood and treasure that ultimately will weaken us. It’s the lesson of Vietnam; it’s the lesson of Iraq”, yet it doesn’t seem that this lesson will be heeded any time soon.
However, Ashton Carter’s recent statement clearly shows us who’s boss in Washington, since it’s the arms manufacturing giants that have the final say on everything in today’s America, they are “pulling the strings”, leaving the role of an obedient puppet for whoever is sitting as US President. The statement made by the Secretary of Defense is particularly curious if one is to remember that in accordance with the US Constitution he’s not the commander of the US Armed Forces, in fact, the President is entrusted with this duty. And therefore it was Obama’s call to announce a major change of tactics in the fight against ISIL, unless, of course, he is just a puppet controlled by hidden puppeteers.
If you want to know who these puppeteers are, you won’t be looking for long. Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have been pretty vocal in criticizing Obama’s strategy in the Middle East, calling for an all-out assault on Syria. Last November those Senators claimed that the US should triple its military forces in Iraq along with sending a similar number of troops to Syria. Graham went as far as offering a plan for the invasion of Syria, according to which up to 100,000 troops of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey were to be supported by roughly 10,000 American soldiers. Joint interventions of US and Arab troops in Syria have been proposed before, especially by John McCain, who enjoys close ties with Saudi officials that he uses to profit from via military contracts between the US and Saudi Arabia.
The hidden puppeteers are not simply convinced that they enjoy full control over the White House but over the world as well. They have created their own coalition against ISIL, carrying out military operations on the territories of sovereign states without any form of consent, in violation of Article 51 of the UN Charter which clearly prohibits such courses of action without the decision of the UN Security Council. And it is unlikely these “strong-willed” US officials would care to obtain the consent of Iraq or Syria to launch a new military assault on them, assuming also that the UN and its Security Council are useless relics to be easily ignored.
Therefore, Americans and the international community should not be supporting the new lawless adventure of the US military puppeteers, and instead support the call of the news portal AlterNet: «There has to be a point where the painfully dull process of peace is more desirable than belligerently bombing the hell out of other countries. Where we build instead of annihilate—negotiate instead of obliterate. Where politicians boast about the wars they’ve ended instead of the never-ending ones they’ve started. And most importantly we opt not to destabilize yet another region creating more fertile ground for groups like ISIS to thrive. “
As for those warmongers in the United States, Britain, and among submissive American allies that are responsible for armed conflicts, chaos, poverty and hunger, they should eventually be punished by an impartial court, that would be established by the international community.
Martin Berger is a Czech-based freelance journalist and analyst, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook.
First appeared: http://journal-neo.org/2016/01/25/who-is-really-in-control-of-the-united-states/