N. Korea Hides Behind China
During the Korean War and after so-called “U.N. forces” beat back an invading Communist army, American and allied fighters tried to take over North Korea.
As soon as these troops crossed the border from South to North Korea, Chinese troops crossed the Yellow River into North Korea. They forced these mostly American soldiers back to the 38th parallel, where the war had begun.
The Chinese assembled an army so massive that the former supreme Allied commander of all forces in Europe, newly inaugurated President Eisenhower, accepted an armistice devoid of victory.
Next, in the 1960s and 1970s, China provided the logistics to defeat the United States in Indochina. By the spoils of war, China has come to control the Northern Korean peninsula with its “bamboo curtain” in the same way the Soviet Union controlled Eastern Europe with “iron.” But what is behind China’s “bamboo curtain,” namely North Korea, is more dangerous to the security of the United States than anything ever held behind a Soviet drape.
Today, North Korea threatens America with nuclear attack. But North Korea figuratively lies behind China’s “great wall.” As soon as the first American soldier crosses the 38th parallel, China would surely cross the Yellow River. And, given its experience with a less sophisticated Chinese war machine in Korea and Indochina, American defeat, absent use of a nuclear bomb, would be, again, probable.
So what can America do when a small schoolboy like North Korea’s Kim Jong-un makes a threat with his big brother backing him up? Do we just confuse him with a visit from an infamous basketball joke like Dennis Rodman?
If China wants to play the superpower game, it must be responsible not only for its actions, but also for the actions of those it protects. We must not just hold the schoolboy to account — we must hold his big brother responsible, too.
The imposition of international trade sanctions against a country like North Korea, which has little or no trade anyway, is an empty gesture. The fact that China, from time to time, agrees with North Korean sanctions is also irrelevant. Such things make the West feel good, but do not make the Pyongyang regime feel bad enough to change its ways.
Because China has effectively curtailed American power in East Asia, it must be held responsible for the result. In the case of North Korea, big brother China must allow the United States to use its covert intelligence agencies to destabilize and eventually eliminate a North Korean government that threatens world peace.
Alternatively, the Chinese could do this job themselves. But if China fails to stop North Korea from seeking international Armageddon, it must suffer similar sanctions to that of its protectorate.
Currently, China trades with the United States, the world’s largest consumer market, on almost the same basis as Europe. But that must be a prize given only to those who greet this international trade with international responsibility. Those who protect our enemies should not be given any more aid and comfort than our enemies themselves.
International trade sanctions can make a rich nation poor and perhaps persuade some countries to change. But placing trade sanctions on a country with no legitimate trade and no real economy cannot change anything. Sanctions are based upon taking away something. America cannot take away that which an adversary does not have.
On the other hand, China has a lot to lose. Its trade with the United States is a major basis of China’s wealth. Tariffs on its goods would badly hurt the Chinese economy and the monopoly of the Chinese Communist Party.
We cannot take lightly the threats from North Korea. Neither can we take lightly the fact that North Korea finds its courage behind a Chinese skirt.
For many years, North Korea refused to talk to South Korea. It claimed that South Korea was America’s puppet and only talked to the United States. Now, America must take a hint from the North Korean “playbook.” Our sole contact for relations with North Korea ought to be China.
And China, in addition to North Korea, must be held responsible for the actions of its protectorate.
Robert M. Levy is chairman of the Moore County Republican Party. Contact him at Law52@prodigy.net.
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