North Korea

North Korea is often portrayed as a rogue state which endangers the region and according to some, the world. But North Korea has not engaged in a conflict since the ceasefire which ended the Korean War in 1953. There is little evidence that North Korea is actually as menacing as it often pretends to be, let alone as menacing as others claim it is.

The same cannot be said for the following 5 countries.

1. USA.  Since 1998 alone, the United States has conducted unprovoked, illegal, aggressive attacks on the following countries:

- Iraq

- Yugoslavia

- Afghanistan

- Iraq (again)

- Libya

- Sudan

- Somalia

- Yemen

- Syria

During this time, the US also funded and provoked an illegal coup in Ukraine.

If invading and overthrowing governments in countries that have not even attempted to invade the United States isn't a danger to world peace, I do not know what is.

America has more overseas military bases than any other nation: nearly 800 spread through more than 70 countries. America spends $550 billion per year on defence compared to Russia's $50 billion. So who is the real threat here?

2. Ukraine

Since 2014, the Ukrainian regime has engaged in a genocidal war against ethnic and cultural Russians in Donbass. The war has not ceased and the Kiev regime constantly violates the Minsk II ceasefire agreement.

The war has seen the use of chemical weapons on civilian targets as well as the deprivation of food, medical supplies and electricity to Donbass.

The Republics of Donbass have never sought to attack Kiev, merely to defend their democratic republics against aggression that has not ceased since 2014.

This is an attempt at ethnic cleansing that the world should have condemned and put a stop to a long time ago.

3. Israel

Israel has continually occupied lands recognised by the UN as Palestinian territory since 1948.

Israel has illegally occupied Syrian territory since 1967. In 1982 Israel invaded and occupied Lebanon and only left in 2000. An attempt to invade Lebanon in 2006 was stopped by combined Lebanese forces, primary those of Hezbollah.

Israel continues to illegally invade and bomb Syrian territory, thus exacerbating the current crisis in that country.

Israel's Yinon Plan, is a long term strategy that many in Israel's government and deep state plan to execute in order to annex further land among Israel's neighbours.

4. Turkey

Turkey has illegally occupied Cyprus since 1974. Under President Erdogan this will almost certainly not change.

Erdogan's forces continue to occupy Syria and Iraq. The Turkish jihadist proxy militia FSA is guilty of numerous atrocities against civilians in Syria. In the most populous regions of Syria, the FSA is an even bigger throat-cutting, car-bombing menace than ISIS or al Qaeda.

5. United Kingdom

British Prime Minister Tony Blair made NATO's illegal invasion of Yugoslavia something of a personal crusade where for Bill Clinton it was to a great extent, merely an opportunity to get Monica Lewinsky out of the headlines.

Blair was the only major leader apart from George W. Bush to make passionate pleas for Iraq's invasion.

Since then, Britain has followed the US into every major illegal conflict in the Arab world and beyond.

There is a great deal of propaganda and deliberate misinformation about North Korea, which the public should know. While neocons, a cheering corporate media, and Deep State, rush to war with North Korea, information is the ultimate weapon.

For example, did you know that North Korea, China, and India, are the only three nations who have committed to a "no nuclear first" policy? They have pledged never to use nuclear weapons "first", but of course reserve the right to use them if attacked.

How many times has the US threatened to use nuclear weapons against North Korea?

Do you know that North Korea has repeatedly asked the US to engage in bilateral talks, to cool off the ever-escalating tension? The offer was flatly rejected by both Obama and Trump.

Can you resolve differences within your family without dialog? No dialogue, no peace. Why won't the US talk to North Korea??

The neocons, Deep State, and media argument, insist Kim Jong-un is irrational, and therefore you cannot negotiate with him.

A look back at recent history illustrates the US and its complicit media demonize anyone we do not like, and the demonizing usually ends up with a war. Manuel Noriega in Panama, Saddam Hussein in Iraq, Libya's Muammar Gaddafi, and Syria's Assad, serve as recent examples.

But the demonizing of Kim Jong-un continues as we move towards another war, and once again the public buys into the myth.

Some might suggest we have a very irrational leader in this country. This attitude of demonizing is akin to the Taliban's offer to turn over Osama Bin Laden so many years ago, and the US, then under Bush, flatly rejected the Taliban offer saying we don't talk to such people.

Sixteen years later we are still at war in Afghanistan. War is the result of failed diplomacy, or the absence of diplomacy. Perhaps we did not want diplomacy, perhaps we don't want diplomacy now.

Do you know North Korea has agreed to suspend its nuclear tests if the US agrees to end the annual war games along the border of North Korea?

You may not know the US conducts war games that simulate the overthrow of the North Korean government, and this year there were almost 400,000 soldiers participating. Did you know that??

Did you know, this year the games were given the name "Operation Decapitation" and were directed against North Korea, and were designed to simulate the attack and overthrow of North Korea?

Do you know George Bush called the leader of North Korea a "pygmy", and said he wanted to "topple his regime"?

Do you know Bush also prepared a policy of "preemptive" attack, and referred to North Korea as a member of the "axis of evil"? It was shortly thereafter that North Korea left the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and threw out of the country all inspectors.

Neocons, Deep State, and the corporate media, argue North Korea is a threat to the US, and just days ago Trump said they were a "threat to the world"? That is asinine, as Trump's modest increase of 54 billion in defense expenditure is 11 times greater than the entire North Korean military budget.

To suggest North Korea is a "threat to the US" or the "world" is either sheer stupidity, or an outright lie, and yet a CNN poll shows 37% of the US public believes North Korea is a threat to the US.

Who says propaganda isn't effective? Do you know the recent leader of South Korea was impeached for corruption, and there is a pending election to decide on new leadership?

The opposition party wants the US out of South Korea, and also wants the THAAD missile system recently installed by the US dismantled.

Theresa May, in Great Britain, shocked many recently, when she announced she would be willing to use nuclear weapons in a "first strike". Why have we not declared war on Britain, as Theresa May is apparently a bit "irrational"?

Experts suggest North Korea has perhaps 8 nuclear weapons, but has no effective delivery system. The US has 7,000, of which a large number are deployed against North Korea. .

North Korea has not invaded or attacked any nation since the end of the Korean War, while the US has bombed over 30 countries.

How many countries is the US currently bombing?? Can't answer?

Who is the aggressor here? Who has refused to "talk" to North Korea?

Who has threatened to use nuclear weapons repeatedly against North Korea?

Why can't the US simply sit down and agree to bilateral talks?

Is there a logical reason why this cannot be done? What is there to lose by such talks?

This whole policy of antagonizing, instead of talking, is insane!

We know it's insanity; we don't know if it is an intentional rejection of diplomacy.

North Korea does not pose a critical threat to the world. But these countries have done and still very much do.