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September 10, 2017

Taking Care of Syria Quietly Whether for Good or for Bad

 

One might even say that Israel is addressing all sides of the Syrian debacle. Israel has struck military targets, given treatment to those requiring medical attention, taken in a limited number of Syrian refugees and made sure their efforts were acceptable to the main outside, non-Muslim powers invested in Syria. That is most definitely a comprehensive and sensible Syrian plan. The nation doing what must be done and providing true humanitarian assistance is, most remarkably and surprisingly, Israel. What makes all that Israel has done is that there remains no peace agreement between Israel from the original 1948-9 war brought against Israel at her birth which included Syrian military and attacks across and down the Golan Heights. There is also no peace from the 1967 Six Day War or the 1973 Yom Kippur War or any of the other times Syrian forces tangled with Israel such as the air war and other confrontations in the early 1980’s in the First Lebanon War. Since the two nations are still officially at war and Syrian entities have launched missiles, rockets, mortars and bullets over the border targeting Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) stationed along the Golan Heights, any actual fighting coming from Israel is once again of a defensive nature and simply securing the border and keeping weapons of mass destruction out of the hands of Hezballah as well as heavy weapons systems. But Israel has been crucial on many fronts in this fiasco called the Syrian Imbroglio.

 

The latest Israeli strike against Syria came midweek of the first week of September where Israeli air forces destroyed a military target presumed to be a chemical weapons plant. Syria reported the strike occurred just prior to three in the morning near the western town of Masyaf. The site also contained advanced missiles intended for Hezballah terrorists who are fighting at the behest of Iran supporting Bashir al-Assad. Israel had previously struck convoys carrying similar advanced weapons towards Hezballah bases within Lebanon, a nation now run by the Hezballah terrorists for all practical matters. Syria is claiming that this is a new first for Israel to attack a research facility while also making sure to mention there having been almost one-hundred Israeli sorties flown against Syrian targets. They admitted that the majority have been against convoys carrying resupply of munitions, not agreeing with Israeli claims that these were resupply of Hezballah positions in Lebanon which means they were intended to be launched at Israel. Striking dangerous items in Syria which are arranged and paid for by Iran is not a wholly new thing as there was the bombing of the presumed construction of a North Korean nuclear reactor for the production of fissile material, plutonium, in the Deir ez-Zor region of Syria (see before and after images below). The New Yorker magazine gave a complete story from the first suspicions through the entangled mess the United States almost made of the entire threat and the final Israeli striking without informing the United States out of fear of the surprise being blown. One telling following event was when the North Koreans leveled a complaint over the loss of at least ten workers and engineers during the Israelis strike at what was not a nuclear reactor, or was, the North Koreans denied the accusation at first claiming the structure was not a nuclear reactor but failed to give another description. Why such strikes as the nuclear reactor and the more recent strike on the chemical weapons missile production plant are left for Israel to perform and are not taken on by the Europeans or the United States is a question which will never be answered, and possibly seldom if ever asked.

 

Syrian Reactor Chamber and Support Structures at Nuclear Processing Plant for Nuclear Weapons Being Overseen by North Korean Nuclear Scientists Before and After Bombing

Syrian Reactor Chamber and Support Structures
at Nuclear Processing Plant for Nuclear Weapons
Being Overseen by North Korean Nuclear Scientists
Before and After Bombing

 

Returning to the treatment of presumed civilians from the Syrian civil war which has more fighting groups than any civil war with which we are familiar. The solution was to allow each group to choose a secure section along the Israeli-Syrian border to leave their injured, be they fighters or civilians. Israel has then, no questions asked, treated the injured and ill returning them to the same locations where they were deposited for treatment such that the correct group receives their civilians and fighters (they are all presumably civilians as they are not in uniforms and are devoid of weaponry). Israelis have proven their high regard for life with repeated treatment of Gazan and Arab Palestinians even to include relatives of, as well as high-ranking officials, and just ordinary people in need of better medical care than available in their own hospitals. Treating people from the Syrian meat grinder of a war is just more of saving lives, something Israel has provided to many far and wide especially after disasters where Israel is often among the first to have a hospital up and running. But we are supposed to be talking about Syria, so back to the subject.

 

Israel has also had to strike numerous convoys which carried advanced weapons such as MANPADS and other high technology anti-aircraft missiles, larger missiles including some potentially capable of multiple warheads and other advanced weapons which could potentially change the balance of power between Israel and Hezballah. Never mind that Hezballah, thanks to Iran and Syria for funneling rockets and missiles into the terrorists’ hands, possess very likely over one-hundred-fifty-thousand rockets and missiles of varying lethality and range from small rockets with range of under twenty-five miles to their largest with a range of approaching four-hundred-fifty miles (see image below). These rockets and missiles provided by Iran and transported through Syria endanger every Israeli and also Jordanians and Egyptians should Iran choose to order such a strike as they have transformed Lebanon into an Iranian outpost. Still, Israel willingly treats people who very well may come back to attack and murder Israeli civilians, not just her military personnel. Such generosity is unusual to say the least but Israel honors life while they honor death, as we are so often reminded by Palestinian Authority spokespeople, Hamas and Islamic Jihad commanders, Hezballah leadership and countless others from Iran to Morocco, or so it often seems. Perhaps that is why there are so many rockets and weapons in these areas, many aimed at Israel and possibly even more they aim at one another, and so many hospitals and clinics spread throughout Israel and why Israel builds more anti-missile systems and shelters throughout the country. That is definitely why Israel treats those who need medical treatment regardless of their origins or how they came to require treatment.

 

Hezballah Rocket & Missile Threat

Hezballah Rocket & Missile Threat

 

The truth is that often Israel has been known to act in a manner, which is obviously not the way, which would be considered normal anywhere else in the world. Israel goes to great lengths to save lives, even the lives of her enemies and even the people from a nation with which she remains at war with for the last sixty-nine years (Syria). The Israelis, actually the Jews, treasure life to an extent beyond reason. Still, there are limits even to the Israeli love of life and when the choice is directly between the lives of Israelis, all Israelis, are being weighed against the lives of her enemies, then Israel will act in what the rest of the world considered rational behavior should they face such a choice. That is when the world demands that Israel should have acted opposite the very direction they would choose and they demand Israel apologize for defending herself and protecting her own. One can only wonder what would happen if Israel acted as the rest of the world would when facing similar difficulties. Should Israel ever act as if she were a normal nation and toss the concerns for life to the winds of war, then there might be a cleansing, the very cleansing which Israel is accused of committing whenever a single terrorist is killed to end their murdering innocents. Perhaps the insane charges against Israel for even a single death of a terrorist is brought because the expectation of Israel is to be the marvel she can be in every situation regardless of what rationality dictates. Israel has shown magnanimity and generosity in so many ways and beyond any rational expectation that now, it appears that the world expects that to be the norm rather than the exception. Well, it would be nice if that were the reality, would it not? The reality is many in the world use Israeli generosity as the rod with which to beat her attempting to berate her into committing suicide. The world should be warned that pushing the good to a breaking-point is a senseless and dangerous exercise. The situation, largely thanks to the willful blindness of the world, has reached a point where Israel will have little if any choice should her enemies attack once more. The situation has reached a point where delicacy and fighting simply to push the inevitable back another few weeks or months has come to that tipping-point where such has become a suicidal act. The next war pressed by Hamas or Hezballah will quite likely have to be fought as an all-out effort as their arsenals have reached the point where they have a potential to completely decimate Israeli life. This will undoubtedly shock even Israel’s friends and there will be serious deliberations in the United Nations Security Council and somewhat less serious deliberations as the General Assembly has its most heated debate over what terminology is appropriate for this round of their condemnations of Israel. In the end, the United States will need use their veto or the world will treat Israel as a pariah amongst the nations. It will mean nothing in reality as the truth will be known by all even if they refuse to accept such, or so they will act. We need remember that it was the United Nations who derided Zionism as being racism and has never missed an opportunity, real or imagined, to discredit or denounce Israel. It is when some arm of the United Nations lauds Israel that the world should wake from their slumber and applaud the rarity. Perhaps the news about this time will allow them to take an honest look and begin to appreciate the nation who heals their enemies and does so for free.

 

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September 7, 2017

Sacrificing Kurds Along with Iraq to Iran

 

Currently the world and particularly the United States are all concerned with and paying tunnel-vision-style attention on North Korea and ignoring, as a consequence, Iran. This will prove to be a mistake which the world can ill afford. The current actions, backed by Iran and given a nod of agreement by the United States, are moving to take complete control over Mosul and pushing the Kurdish forces further north. The Kurds had been intending, if we read them correctly, to maintain forces in Mosul and retain the city rejoining it to their area of control as it had been a Kurdish stronghold and center of culture before Saddam Hussein forced the Kurdish from the city and flooding it with Sunni Arabs. Now the Iraqi government with strong IRGC support from Iran is once again forcing the Kurds from Mosul and this time placing Shiites in Mosul along with trusted and controlled Sunni militia. Their reasoning is multi-leveled and includes but not limited to control of the northern hub of transportation and communications for northern Iraq, using their Sunni trained former ISIS members to face off with what they regard as renegade Shiites following Muqtada al-Sadr, control over the Mosul Hydroelectric Dam Complex, and a final thrust into the heart of any Sunni forced beyond IRGC control in Iraq. Thus far, the United States has largely sat on the sidelines providing intelligence and some weapons and air support and has removed themselves from any final decisions concerning the future of Mosul.

 

Muqtada al-Sadr

Muqtada al-Sadr

 

We have been led to believe that central behind this attitude is the State Department which has strong pro-Iranian core put in place by President Obama over his eight years. Where Secretary Rex Tillerson stands on this is unknown, but we suspect that he has been persuaded by the Saudi Royals that allowing the Kurds to form their own country in their upcoming vote would be ruinous for them but appears not to have received any directive or missed the memo which would have told him allowing Iran to gain control would be even worse. From all intents and purposes which have been discernable, appearances are that pushing back the Kurds from Mosul had taken priority to holding the line against spreading Iranian influence. The Mosul Dam Complex at peak power provides over one-mega-watt of power and generates over one-giga-watt of power annually providing almost all of northern Iraq with its electricity. Iranian control of this dam could spell the end of any Kurdish hopes for independence, for Kurdistan would be then dependent upon the Iraqi government to provide power, something their Iranian masters might use to crush the Kurds at a subsequent time. Mosul must end up in Kurdish hands along with the Mosul Hydroelectric Dam complex. The Kurds have already signaled they would continue to permit electrical power to flow to all of northern Iraq and not just their area of control. We seriously doubt the Kurds can expect the same cooperation from Iraq or Iran. What the leadership of the United States need remember is that North Korea and Iran are coordinating for their mutual gains, they cooperate on both nuclear and missile technologies, and finally that Iran is flush with American monies and will use them to gain hegemonic control of the Middle East and plans of then fulfilling the Quranic instruction to conquer the world and rid it of all disbelievers wherever they are found. Such a cleansing would include Sunni and other non-Shiite Muslims and the imposition of Sharia of the Tehran Ayatollah style. Iran sees themselves as the modern Persian Empire only this time an Islamic empire rather than multi-cultural.

 

North Korea is a certain and present threat but beyond launching missiles and possibly marching into South Korea and obliterating Seoul if they choose, they pose little threat of world conquest or any real conquest. Beyond South Korea and Japan, North Korea might pose a five to ten missile launch threat which the United States has assured all involved that they can intercept such an attack or even one twice that size. North Korea does not pose a serious follow-on threat after their launch beyond the threat they have posed since the late 1950’s to attack South Korea with human waves styled assault and the demolishing of Seoul with originally mostly artilleries and now additionally rocketry and missiles. Iran has already signaled their intentions when they began reeducating and further training the ISIS fighters they deemed worthy whom they had captured while taking Mosul. The best they have forced into a Shiite mold and others they allowed to remain Sunni. The Sunni are the sacrificial force which will, at some time in the future, be used to depose and destroy the power structure of Muqtada al-Sadr located largely in southern Sadr City district in Baghdad. Iran has de facto control of all the territory controlled by the Iraqi government. Iran had previously announced their intentions to wield a Shiite Crescent across the Middle East. This they currently have reaching from the Indian Ocean across Iran, Iraq, Syria and through Lebanon to the Mediterranean Sea. Then the Iranian leadership stated a desire to encircle Saudi Arabia which they accomplished with the use of the Houthis in a civil war in Yemen. This plus further attempts to include the Gulf States in their circle of influence and they are pretty much in control of the Middle East (see map below). Iran needs to finish taking control of all of Syria in the south in order to cement the link to Iraq, something they are accomplishing with relative ease having Russian air support. This is why they must be prevented from closing their power in Mosul, the key to the north of Iraq. We know not who, but suspect the State Department, told President Trump to sacrifice the Kurds, but they gave bad advice. Even had the advice been given in order to serve Saudi Arabia, that idea is misleading because allowing Iran to wrest control of Mosul simply empowers Iran further and weakens the Saudis. Despite the Saudi distaste for the Kurds, the Kurds and their dream of Kurdistan including Mosul is the best thing the Saudis could pray and hope to achieve to provide them with security.

 

Shiite Crescent including Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Iran

Shiite Crescent including Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Iran

 

There are other problems concerning the rising hegemony by Iran. They are once again providing monetary and supplying military goods to both Hamas in Gaza and Hezballah in Lebanon. Iran has de-facto control of Lebanon and Hezballah has almost exclusive control over the Lebanese armed forces and all of the Russian and America equipment including numerous Abrams heavy battle tanks and Apache attack helicopters provided to Lebanon by President Obama, taking their word that Hezballah was not in control as honest. It is highly suspected President Obama knew he was directly arming Hezballah but that is a done deed and blame is irrelevant. The truth is the Iranian arming of Hamas and the taking of all weapons from the Lebanese military has placed new and viable threats on the northern and southern borders of Israel. There have already been rumors and talk that should another war inevitably come pressed upon Israel by Hamas, Hezballah or both in a coordinated assault, Israel will have little if any choice but to fight these wars differently this go-around. No longer can Israel afford their “mow the grass” method of destroying most of the infrastructure and arms caches and avoid direct confrontations when possible leaving the fighting forces and command and control centers, often placed in the basements of hospitals, intact and not destroyed. The Israeli military, and starting to grip the political class with the necessity of the next war brought on by Hezballah, has to be fought to destroy Lebanon as a fighting force and possibly liberate the nations and return it to being a Christian nations this time protected by Israel forcing any Islamist ideology from within the borders. Further, the same may also be the result sought for Gaza should Hamas and Islamic Jihad and friends start launching hundreds of missiles and rockets a day into Israel, this time including her major cities, then Israel will likely change to a complete eradication of the terror forces in Gaza.

 

Should these scenarios come to pass, there will be a great amount of screaming coming from the European Union and the United Nations and many of the nations allied with Iran and the United States State Department. Israel will need to stick to her plans and if necessary, break relations with the European Union and United Nations. They need to act completely independently and without fear of threats to not provide military aid if Israel does not comply with the demands of the United Nations or other nations or groups of nations. This means that Israel need have developed and in place the ability to manufacture preferably fifth or sixth generation aircraft and fourth generation aircraft as a minimal level and as providing backup to the more expensive fifth or sixth generation aircraft. Israel will also require maritime production facilities that could be built between Akko and Haifa using the Akko Bay as their waterfront after some dredging. The aircraft industry could be placed in the Negev or the Galilee thus these projects along with munitions factories would provide badly needed jobs and increase the tax base possibly permitting a drop in the VAT tax rate relieving many Israelis financial woes. The added tax base and revenues would very likely exceed current foreign aid from the United States which would allow Israel to cut all umbilical cords which are currently used to force her to make concessions which are against her best interests.

 

There would be many other gains made should Israel develop her own arms industries, as this would also permit Israel selling advanced armaments to nations who pose no threat to Israel. Such commercial accounts would also permit Israel to influence these nations to assure they do not provide aid or comfort to any Israeli enemies. This could provide Israel with a wedge to drive between many of the developing world and their current Arab arms providers. Further, Israel could develop the best air-frames and other military technologies and thus not be dependent upon other countries to provide these weapons systems. Israeli ability to out-engineer most of even the developed nations when it comes to weapons systems was proven as Israel took the early lead in drone development as well as a continuing advanced ability in projectile interception as the Israeli Iron Dome systems have proven and Israeli ballistic missile interception includes one system which is also capable of taking satellites out of their orbits and destroying them. This is a capability that has the United States seriously considering buying some batteries of this system for protection against both Iranian and North Korean satellites which could harbor dangerous weapons payloads. Israel has proven capable of tackling anything which she is required of performing but has gone too long dependent upon the United States for her munitions and her aircraft and needs to break that dependency.

 

Conclusions are that first and foremost the United States need support the Kurds in taking and retaining control of Mosul or face a Middle East where Iran runs the show and Saudi Arabia is encircled and under threat. Israel need read the tea-leaves and realize that they are but three or four elections going the wrong way from losing their protection from the United States as the next generation take over the positions of power. Nations have interests which change with little notice and not friends forever. Nations do not form BFF’s on Facebook with other nations. They do enter into and back out of alliances as regularly as people buy new vehicles. The Europeans have a short period where if they awaken and realize their errors they can begin and potentially save their continent. This would require them teaching the next generations that the purpose in life is to seek happiness and satisfaction and this is most easily accomplished through families, nice, large families. They need to regain an appreciation for the Judeo-Christian Ethic which built them into the most powerful force on Earth. They need to remember that work gives one a purpose and sense of accomplishment, especially when everyone is working at a position they enjoy and is at least slightly challenging. They also need to save their education systems which currently produce spoiled children incapable of facing the slightest upset. These snowflakes who have been indoctrinated rather than educated may end up incapable of even running to the store, let alone run a nation or the world. If the Judeo-Christian philosophy and work ethic is to survive, it will require being taught as what it has proven to be, the most open and successful system for governance which can produce a future which strives to accomplish great feats reaching for the Moon and beyond. The other choices may be the Chinese central governance with limited economic freedom and even less actual freedom or worse yet; the coils of Fundamentalist Islam which will stifle all creativity, imagination and progress will slide back into another Dark Ages which may actually signal the end of human development and an end to freedom of any variety. Should freedom be lost in Europe, it will be lost for the foreseeable future and not only will the children grow up in a form of bondage, so will the grand children and probably their grandchildren after them for twenty or fifty or even a thousand generations. This is all that is at stake and freedom once lost is never regained in less than four generations, and that is a long time. We are aware how unlikely this appears but trust that it is on the horizon, getting larger, and is not a joking matter and something the West need focus on and prepare or surrender now and may your chains wear lightly on your children and their children.

 

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September 5, 2017

North Korea and a Time for War

 

United States Secretary of Defense James Mattis stated flatly that North Korea’s threats and actions were unacceptable and threatening the peace of the world. Secretary Mattis warned Kim Jong-un that North Korea would suffer a “massive military response” (video shown later in the article) should they attack the United States, her allies or protectorates. He stared further, “Any threat to the United States or its territories including Guam or our allies will be met with a massive military response.” Also, “Kim Jong-un should take heed the United Nations Security Council’s unified voice. All members unanimously agreed on the threat North Korea poses. And they remain unanimous in their commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Because we are not looking to the total annihilation of a country, namely, North Korea.” Secretary Mathis added “many military options” are available to the United States and President Donald Trump insisted on being briefed on all of them.

 

Trump Kim Showdown at Guam

Trump Kim Showdown at Guam

 

Secretary of Defense James Mattis was flanked by Joint Chiefs Chairman General Joseph Dunford, another four star Marine General, and whenever you are facing two four star Marine Generals, you are looking at a real and viable threat. The generals of North Korea should also note that there was no State Department representative at the press briefing which to us signals that the playing of games and screaming threats back and forth are done. President Trump has apparently lost all patience with the petulant child leader who believes his own propaganda that he is a godly endowed beloved Dear Leader of North Korea and that his sweat does not stink, if you catch our drift. President Trump has a Congress to conquer and cow into submission, and we do not mean the Democrats but the presumed members of his own party which presumably are helping get his agenda accomplished. To do this, he needs to straighten out the Republicans in Congress or promise to run campaigns against them in the Primary Election and again in the General Election if that is what it demands to get them replaced with somebody willing to end Obamacare, cut and simplify the tax codes and finally address and keep a thousand and one promises he made along the campaign trail. President Trump would much rather work on reducing the load of government regulations which prevent small businesses from succeeding and find some way to inject more competition into the seeming monopolies which have all but taken control of the largest media network in the history of the world, the Internet.

 

North Korean missiles are simply flies to be Swatted by Trump

North Korean missiles are simply flies to be Swatted by Trump

 

North Korea and all of its missiles are simply flies which require swatting out of the air so that the President can get to rebuilding the United States as he had promised. But, Winston Churchill stated clearly once that, “To jaw-jaw is always better than to war-war.” President Trump would likely agree wholeheartedly and already traveled that road. You might remember his use of “jaw-jaw” which was covered extensively by the media under claims that President Trump was going to start a nuclear war any second. President Trump never said anything about starting even the shooting of a rifle unless provoked by an actual attack by North Korea. The initial promise by President Trump to answer in kind with that little extra touch called complete destruction if North Korea followed through on any of their three most stated threats, the complete destruction of Seoul, South Korea and a full assault on South Korea, a missile attack which would potentially include nuclear warheads on Japan or striking Guam with nuclear tipped missiles destroying everything on the island American Protectorate was overshadowed by the media circus. It must have been because Kim Jong-un doubled down on his threat by claiming the nuclear attack on Guam was imminent and the decision was already made and the time was approaching. President Trump again chose to jaw-jaw promising to reply to such an attack with rain of “fire and fury” down on North Korea. The media went ballistic again screaming fearfully that war with North Korea was imminent. What was odd was they said almost nothing or absolutely nothing when Kim Jong-un backed down and remained silent and promised he was ending missile tests. When the threat of war fell to almost zero, the media went as silent as Kim Jong-un with nary a mention that President Trump had backed down North Korean lunatic President Kim Jong-un and instead started their non-stop coverage of Charlottesville and the war on Confederate War statues.

 

 

When Secretary of State Rex Tillerson decided to publically brag about the back down of Kim Jong-un by President Trump and his administration to the media, it proved to be a provocation according to Kim Jong-un. What needs to be understood is Kim Jong-un is unstable and fully believes that he is invincible and that North Korea can stand toe-to-toe against the United States militarily. Kim Jong-un also fully believes his own greatness and superiority in all things, after all, this is the man who shot an eighteen the first time he went out and played golf. When Secretary Rex Tillerson challenged Kim Jong-un, he challenged his manhood as far as the North Korean man-child was concerned, and nobody is permitted to insinuate that Kim Jong-un is anything but an invincible god-man. It was no surprise that Kim Jong-un launched missiles the very next day and the day after and has returned to threatening to launch nuclear tipped missiles at Guam. Secretary of Defense James Mattis flanked by Joint Chiefs Chairman General Joseph Dunford gave what are most probably President Trump’s final words on the matter and as long as this final warning is heeded, the world will return to a nice peaceful place with nothing further from Kim Jong-un. This is exactly what would happen in a perfect world.

 

The problem is we live in this world. President Trump is pretty much done with Kim Jong-un and the whole North Korean threat. He has requested the different scenarios available from the Pentagon and how each one would be implemented. The President has likely also requested other plans for situations likely including decapitation of Kim Jong-un, preemptive strike to destroy Kim Jong-un’s ability to launch attacks on Guam or anyone, and other scenarios as well as what additional steps are required to provide full missile protection from the North Korean threat. The most difficult jobs will be protecting South Korea and Japan, as they are geographically neighbors of North Korea. As far as the probability of an actual war between the United States and North Korea, that is highly improbable. It would be an exchange of military might which would last less than two days, more likely less than thirty-six hours. The most probable outcome will be that things will start to cool as China or Russia will talk Kim Jong-un down from the perch and ground him for the duration of Trump’s Presidency. A war, even one of under a week, between North Korea and the United States would not prove good for either of their present plans, as they desire a United States concerned with internal problems and turning a blind eye to their plans and operations. Russia has their little arrangements for Middle East hegemony with Iran and its Shite Crescent stretching across from the Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea while China is quite busy creating their own Islands out of sand in the South China Sea. Neither of these ventures needs an alert and active United States looking around as to what needs addressing in this world.

 

President Trump is finished with jaw-jaw and will now allow Kim Jong-un to continue to scream and, with any luck, President Trump can avoid responding either in speech or by Tweet, then the world will be treated to Kim Jong-un sounding more and more desperate and futilely trying to gain some response from President Trump and permit him to gain some notoriety. This will be a test for the new Chief of Staff General John F. Kelly to control President Trump and keep him and the administration in a nonresponsive state no matter the challenge or threat from North Korea. This situation did not need to get this far but both China and Russia decided early on that they were not going to assist President Trump in any way and simply leave him to twist with a media roasting his every decision as if each were an impeachable offence and his entire administration suspected of the worst corruption or incompetence. They may have decided that this was a quick way to judge and frame exactly who President Trump is and what they can expect from him and how far he might be able to be pushed or pressured and what the signs are in order to judge him in the future. If this was their thinking, then they are also partially responsible along with the American media who spent their time tearing down the United States President than covering this conflict accurately and factually allowing Kim Jong-un to move the crisis to a more pitched height which was unforgivable. Should this terse conflict reach open warfare, there will be sufficient guilt and blame to go around but the only coverage which will be covered by the mainstream medias will be simply that President Trump was culpable for the entire mess and that Kim Jong-un was willing to end the crisis if only President Trump had simply made concessions and pay North Korea and provide them with fuel, food, money and who knows how much more and as North Korea has used this method of extortion multiple times before with success. Nowhere will one hear that the best solution for the people and the world would be the end of Kim Jong-un and the tyranny which has misruled the nation, all to the severe degradation of the lives of the people of North Korea, the real victims of the Kim family tragedy.

 

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