Following is another brilliantly written article by John Laurits–a must read!!! John Laurits makes us think! Think about things we either didn’t know about or don’t remember. Maybe we were never given all of the details, or perhaps we were given a version which our history books preferred.
His article and the resource article from which he derived much of his information were eye-openers to me. I knew that Korea had been divided into two separate countries, but I really wasn’t completely aware of the circumstances which led to a North Korea and a South Korea, with different alliances.
The Truth About North Korea: Why Is Trump Provoking the DPRK? by John Laurits
The Korean Holocaust Forgotten by the US Public
Over the next 3 years, the United States dropped 635,000 tons of bombs on North Korea, including 32,557 tons of napalm — up to 3 million North Koreans died, or 10%–15% of the population. The 85%–90% who lived mostly lived underground, coming out to farm at night.
According to the records of the US Air Force, they were forced to stop bombing because there was literally nothing left to bomb. After erasing every city — including 8,700 factories, 5,000 schools, 1,000 hospitals, & 600,000 homes — the USAF’s last targets were the irrigation dams on the Yalu River, which flooded a few thousand acres of farmland, destroying the North Korean rice crop that millions depended on ( which is a war crime, by the way ). An armistice was signed in 1953, ending the fighting — but US forces never left. Soon, they will be joined by Donald Trump’s new aircraft carrier & naval strike group.
A source of much of his history comes from this site:…
The Destruction and Reconstruction of North Korea, 1950 – 1960
The Japanese Occupation: 1910-1945
When Japan took control of Korea, demands for independence were met with repression, prompting Koreans to form resistance groups that waged a guerrilla war against them for 35 years. Koreans were brutally oppressed — Japanese landlords swiped their land, villages suspected of hiding resistance members were massacred, & Korean newspapers were banned. By the end of WWII, Japan had forced 450,000 Koreans into labor camps to assist the war effort, in addition to an estimated 200,000 to 500,000 Korean women were forced into sexual slavery as “comfort girls” for Japan’s military.
The Korean resistance was pushed into Manchuria, China, & the Soviet Union, where they allied with the Chinese & Russian communists who fought Japan until the end of WWII — but, after 35 years of resisting, the Korea they had fought for was not to be…
The Korean Holocaust Forgotten by the US Public
The act which inflicted the greatest loss of civilian life in the Korean War by far, one which the North Koreans have claimed ever since was America’s greatest war crime, was the aerial bombardment of North Korean population centers…The long-term psychological effect of the war on the whole of North Korean society cannot be overestimated. The war against the United States, more than any other single factor, gave North Koreans a collective sense of anxiety and fear of outside threats that would continue long after the war’s end.
Most of the destruction occurred in 1950 and 1951. To escape the bombing, entire factories were moved underground, along with schools, hospitals, government offices, and much of the population. Agriculture was devastated, and famine loomed. Peasants hid underground during the day and came out to farm at night. Destruction of livestock, shortages of seed, farm tools, and fertilizer, and loss of manpower reduced agricultural production to the level of bare subsistence at best. The Nodong Sinmun newspaper referred to 1951 as “the year of unbearable trials,” a phrase revived in the famine years of the 1990s. Worse was yet to come. By the fall of 1952, there were no effective targets left for US planes to hit. Every significant town, city and industrial area in North Korea had already been bombed. In the spring of 1953, the Air Force targeted irrigation dams on the Yalu River, both to destroy the North Korean rice crop and to pressure the Chinese, who would have to supply more food aid to the North. Five reservoirs were hit, flooding thousands of acres of farmland, inundating whole towns and laying waste to the essential food source for millions of North Koreans. Only emergency assistance from China, the USSR, and other socialist countries prevented widespread famine.
I think I can now better understand why North Korea has its fears and why it has the support of Russia and China. Knowing our “enemies” and their motives can only help, not hurt! Understanding the roots of our current conflicts and biases in a dark part of our world’s history can perhaps shed a new light and help lead us to a new, more comprehensible realization of why things never change.
Our country has been at war for most of its existence. We are tired of war, we are tired of seeing our youth constantly being asked to pay the sacrifice, while old men make billions of dollars from war.
I also highly recommend the book “War is a Racket: The Antiwar Classic by America’s Most Decorated Soldier” by Major General Smedley Darlington Butler — “A few profit – and the many pay. But there is a way to stop it. You can’t end it by disarmament conferences. You can’t eliminate it by peace parleys at Geneva. Well-meaning but impractical groups can’t wipe it out by resolutions. It can be smashed effectively only by taking the profit out of war.”
Blessings for love and peace,