Friday--October 18, 2002—Ground
Zero Plus 401
Bomb Korea & Iraq With
Pledges Of Vigilance
Editor, New York City Combat Correspondent News
GROUND ZERO, New York
City, October 18 -- It's a shell game. You watch the pea
under the shell being whipped around by the master of deception--sure you
have your eye on the one covering it. But when the con man lifts the
shell you are sure contains the pea--nothing. You lose.
I felt kind of like the guy watching
the shells being whisked about and finding my shell empty this morning
when I read the headlines about North Korea suddenly having nuclear
As I recall it, we lost 54,246 American lives in
the Korean war(1950-1953), and mobilized over 5.7 million troops in the
Armed Forces fighting and supporting the war. That's a stark
contrast to the 500,000 troops deployed in the Gulf War and the 148 battle
deaths reported by the U.S. and an estimated 10,000 deaths for the Iraqis.
Measuring just the blood lost of 54,246 versus
148, it would seem the scales are tipped over North Korea being a far more
Terroristic State than Iraq--at least from historic viewpoint, that is.
At eight pints of blood per person, our dead
fighting the Korea War accounted for 433,968 pints versus 1,184 in the
Gulf War. It would seem our attention toward Iraq as the
leading international Terrorist would pale compared to North Korea--at
least if measured by blood loss.
And if anyone might hold a grudge
against the United States, it might be North Korea who lost over 500,000
soldiers in the war, and an estimated 2.5 million civilian deaths.
Adding fuel to the fire, the Chinese are estimated to have lost 1 million
soldiers supporting North Korea's fight.
Like many Americans, I was tossed off
center this morning when the headlines blared out that our ally, Pakistan,
had given North Korea the tools to expand its nuclear capacity.
Pakistan even tested North Korean missiles, helping streamline their
ability to send nuclear holocaust to whomever threatened them, or, to whom
they wished to threaten.
Does this mean we need to swivel our guns
away from Saddam and aim them at North Korea?
Or does it mean we now can replace Saddam
Hussein's "face of evil" with the likeness of Kim Jong-il, the North
On January 29 during his State of the Union
speech, President Bush called North Korea an "evil" nation, accusing it of
seeking to develop chemical, biological and nuclear weapons, as well as
selling missiles to rogue states.
North Korea's announcement of its nuclear
capabilities throws a wrench into the plans America has of using "nuclear
threat" as a primary reason for attacking Iraq. By all
standards of "threat elimination," we should be mobilizing against North
Korea. We already have nearly a half million pints of blood
invested in that country.
Complicating matters is the recent
negotiations between North and South Korea to stabilize relations. And, of
course, there is China standing behind North Korea--it's big brother who
lost 8,000,000 pints of blood against the Americans in the Korean War.
More will be revealed when China's president, Jiang Zemin, meets with
President Bush next week at Bush's ranch.
Kim Jong-il and
George W. Bush
If the battle of Terrorism
were a chess game, it appears America is being checked by Korea's
flaunting of its nuclear capacity. What to do?
It seems to me that the idea of a War
on Terrorism fought by a single nation or limited numbers in an attempt to
quash them into submission is turning out to be a rabbit chase--no sooner
do you drive one rabbit out of a hole and send the dogs in chase than
another pops out and heads in another direction. As heads
swivel and policy pundits rush to refocus strategy to maximize support,
the circus ring fills with players.
Who will pop up next?
From my perspective, the battle
against Terrorism is not about smashing the "evil ones" with sledgehammers
from afar, but rather rallying the Parents of Vigilance from within.
proliferation threatens the entire world, not just a few nations.
Access to such unlimited power creates a forum for abuse of power.
And the people most concerned about that abuse should be the citizens of
each nation more than those outside its borders. If there were
a nuclear war, the epicenter would certainly be those with the weapons.
The key solution, I believe, is to
attack the conscience of the people--the mothers, fathers, grandparents,
brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts, cousins and loved ones of the children.
Only when a revolution of spirit rises up from the grass roots of any
nation does real change occur. Imposing change from outside creates
resentment, and sets back the "right of individuals" to command their
If we bomb Iraq or North
Korea, it should be with Pledges of Vigilance.
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