FIRM US RESPONSE TO CHINA, NORTH KOREA VITAL NOW!
‘Sister-in-law, I’ve brought you a couple of black males today. Two big donkey dicks should be enough for you to gnaw on for a while.’
Baldy walks up behind one of the donkeys, raises the blood spattered mallet in his hand, and brings it down hard in the space between the animal’s leg and its hoof. The donkey’s hindquarters crash to the ground. The next blow lands on the donkey’s forehead, laying the animal out flat; its legs spread out in front like wooden clubs. Instead of trying to run away, the other donkey presses its head hard against the wall, as if trying to push all the way through.
Baldy then drags a basin over and places it under the collapsed donkey’s neck, picks up his butcher knife, and severs the animal’s carotid artery, sending a torrent of purplish blood into the basin…
After witnessing the donkey slaughter, Mo Yan and Li Yidou are back out on Donkey Avenue. ‘That was damned cruel,’ Mo Yan says.
“A lot more humane than the old days,’ Li Yidou says.
2012 Chinese Nobel Prize Winner, Mo Yan, “The Republic of Wine,” 1992, Tr. Howard Goldblatt, 2012. [The Nobel Committee Discerning the Allegorical Value of the Donkeys as the oppressed Chinese People who live under a vicious, castrating Communist Regime.]
I have to keep reminding myself that I am not the President of the United States. If I were, in response to the latest verbal provocations of North Korea toward South Korea, Japan and the United States, I would be issuing a warning to all potential non-combatants to depart Pyongyang and other commercial posts in North Korea, within 48 hours. The need, right now, is for the United States to explode a thermonuclear device over North Korea’s capital, and to use tactical, limited fallout, nuclear bombs to clear the 750,000 (of one million total) North Korean troops poised to strike into South Korea, at any moment.
The situation in China, mentor and instigator of North Korea, has changed. North Korea’s history once seemed to mirror China’s apprehension. Several months after the George W. Bush Administration came to power, but before 9/11, the “Bushies” announced that the North Koreans had abrogated their agreement with President Bill Clinton. In return for a certain measure of aid and a place at the bargaining table, equating them with other civilized nation states, North Korea had declared a halt to their nuclear weapons and missile delivery systems programs. The most charitable view of George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq, which had no weapons of mass destruction, instead of terminating North Korea’s (then) proved putative aggressive power, was that China could control North Korea. Nobody sought to ask, if China could control North Korea, which way would the Chinese have them point their weapons?
The rest of the world was far less charitable to George W. Bush, pusillanimous by reputation due to his evasion of the Vietnam War draft. As the United States violated international law and was adjudged by the late Pope John Paul II to be engaged in an UNJUST WAR IN IRAQ, the rest of the world was saying, “when was the last time America went to war with a country we really thought could fight back?”
The current crisis with North Korea was predictable, if only we had held our lens up to the increasingly grave situation in China. The Chinese economic growth miracle has been stunning. About half of their 1.3 billion people have been lifted out of poverty, through a planned confluence of State Socialism and limited capitalism. Unfortunately, the Chinese have run out of ideas as to how to rescue the other eight hundred million, or so, from the direst poverty. The Chinese were quite comfortable with allowing Americans to indulge in fatuous fantasies that equated capitalism with political liberalization. In the face of the history of capitalist enterprises thriving under fascist regimes in Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain and South American cognates, this idea was incredibly dull from the outset; however, that notion protected Republicans from charges of consorting with a godless dictatorship, China, much as Republicans had criticized Democrats for having sided with Communist Russia during World War II.
The overall policy in Beijing has been to exercise the tightest, statist control over their people in desperate fear of a collapse of the Chinese Republic worse than the collapse of the Soviet Union – because China has a history of entropic central governments yielding to regional warlordism.
Over the past decade, China has edged farther toward the brink of outdistancing the United States economy. Suddenly, economic growth in China has slowed, as might have been predicted. At the same time, despite the athleticism of anti-democratic forces in the United States, our own economy now seems headed for a rebirth of capitalist vitality. What you must understand is that this slowing of the Chinese economy and the acceleration of the American economy has caused China to lose face!
No longer is China likely, despite all of its heroic efforts to organize trade and commerce around the world, to overtake the U.S. economy. Thus, they must find a way to save face by causing the United States to lose face in other spheres. That is why they are prompting their clients, the North Koreans, to threaten ourselves and our allies, eg., Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, etc. – far more prosperous than North Korea could ever be under State Socialist totalitarian Communism – by other means, namely, NUCLEAR BLACKMAIL!
The United States of America cannot let this stand. The larger issue, of course, is the attempt by China to dislodge the United States’ hegemony over the Pacific Basin, because under U.S. hegemony we all are guaranteed freedom of navigation, whereas, under Chinese-North Korean control we are certain to experience the willful arbitrariness of those totalitarian monsters.
The President must cause North Korea, and the man behind the curtain, the President of China, to stand down. Let us at least show some empathy for the South Koreans and the Japanese who are being forced to live under this cloud of nuclear blackmail, not to mention residents of Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, who are now well within reach of North Korean small boats with big ambitions.
As the employer of Barack Obama, I hereby authorize you, Mr. President, to explode a thermonuclear bomb over Pyongyang, and to employ nuclear and conventional weapons to destroy North Korea as a military power. Should the Chinese choose to demur to an ultimatum not to interfere in any such war, the United States should be prepared to invoke the MacArthur doctrine and destroy strategic targets in mainland China, as well.
Harvard Hollenberg is a writer and an attorney in New York City.
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