On Saturday, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis accused North Korea of “illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear programs,” pledging to repel any strike. Mattis went on to say in a speech in Seoul, South Korea, that the North engages in “outlaw” behavior and that the US will never accept a nuclear North.
One may recall that North Korea has been posturing for decades, and, without fail, a diplomatic solution has always been reached. Unfortunately America is being led by a president who has no interest in a diplomatic solution. He is desperate to hold on to power and has been told the best way to do that is to embroil the nation in a war, so that the people will look to him for comfort and reassurance.
Making excuses for war is nothing new, and Adolph Hitler was particularly good at it. On September 1, 1939 the Germans invaded Poland using a false flag operation known as the Gleiwitz incident. German soldiers posing as poles attacked the the German radio station Sender Gleiwitz in Gleiwitz, Upper Silesia, Germany (today Gliwice, Poland) on the eve of World War II in Europe.
Hitler’s goal was to use the staged attack as a pretext for invading Poland. This so-called ‘provocation’ was the best-known of several actions in Operation Himmler, a series of unconventional operations undertaken by the SS in order to serve specific propaganda goals of Nazi Germany at the outbreak of the war. It was intended to create the appearance of Polish aggression against Germany in order to justify the subsequent invasion of Poland. The people after all, wanted a reason to start a war, rationalized the Nazi regime. After all, when people are afraid they look to their leaders to take whatever action is necessary to alleviate that fear.
General Mattis is stoking that fear and beating the drums of war. People should expect them to get louder and louder:
“North Korea has accelerated the threat that it poses to its neighbors and the world through its illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear weapons programs,” he said, adding that US-South Korean military and diplomatic collaboration thus has taken on “a new urgency.”
Although he emphasized throughout his weeklong Asia trip, which included stops in Thailand and the Philippines, diplomacy remains the preferred way to deal with the North he continued:
“make no mistake—any attack on the United States or our allies will be defeated, and any use of nuclear weapons by the North will be met with a massive military response that is effective and overwhelming.”
Mattis’ comments did not go beyond his recent statements of concern about North Korea, although he appeared to inject a stronger note about the urgency of resolving the crisis. A sense of urgency stokes the fires of fear, and Mattis, unlike his clueless commander-in-chief, knows that. After all, he is a career soldier, as are McMasters and Kelly, Trump’s top advisors. War is what they do. Diplomacy is for civilians not soldiers.