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Friday, October 13, 2006


Imperialism then and now

Threats against North Korea, including implied threats of nuclear attack by the government ("nothing is off the table"), and open calls for attack, nuclear and otherwise, by various pundits. Something new under George Bush? Hardly. Sarah Sloan on pslweb.org reminds us of a little history:
On May 19, 1953, general Omar Bradley wrote to Eisenhower: "It is the view of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that the necessary air, naval, and ground operations, including the extensive strategic and tactical use of atomic bombs, be undertaken, so as to obtain maximum surprise and maximum impact on the enemy, both militarily and psychologically."

At a meeting of the National Security Council on May 20, Eisenhower approved the plan and personally participated in the selection of targets. But the nuclear weapons were never dropped because of the cease-fire agreement established two months later on July 27, 1953.
And make no mistake. Although I have no special knowledge, I would say it is a virtual certainty that such memos have also been written to George Bush, and that detailed plans for the implementation of such aggressive and repugnant actions are prepared and ready to be executed on a moment's notice. The right of North Korea, or any nation, to prepare a defense against such actions shouldn't even be open to question.

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