North Korea's Satellite and Israel
Two armed pawns in the international chess game, each one of them claiming to be the only legal entity while neither one is...
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Being a secretive state, little is known about North Korean technologies, except that they have been developed from earlier Soviet devices, specifically the Scud missile and the R-27 Zyb submarine-launched ballistic missile developed in the 1960s. Its solid fuel third stage is related to the Iranian Safir rocket; probably this stage caused the problems in the 2006, 2009, and April 2012 launching attempts. Solid fuel tends to burn unevenly due to crack lines formed during launching; unless solved, this can cause deviations in the path of the rocket. Where did the technology of this stage originate? As in the event of an American satellite hit by Iran, all signs point at a major friend of both countries: China. What's the rush? Who is being threatened by this event that the New York Times claims took American officials by surprise?
No less surprising was the White House reaction. Tommy Vietor, the National Security Council spokesman, claimed afterwards that the event is “a highly provocative act that threatens regional security, directly violates United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1718 and 1874, contravenes North Korea’s international obligations, and undermines the global nonproliferation regime.” The resolutions refer to North Korea's nuclear program while in this event they launched a spying satellite. Isn't Mr. Vietor worried that I might call him "a demagogue of the worst type?"
Imagine that we are back in the early days of the Cold War, but with one tiny difference. Let's say Mexico had accepted Trotsky's preaching and become a Communist country. Then, one sunny day, this hypothetical Mexico invites a Soviet army to occupy its northern frontier and protect Mexico from American imperialist aggression. Would the USA have had the right to defend itself? If you answer positively to this, then you cannot deny North Korea's right.
Both sides claim to be democratic. One mimics a Walsingham-British surveillance-state, while the other is modeled after Jewish-Marxist Totalitarianism. Both regimes were imposed on the denizens by the parties winning WWII, and thus can be considered equally unrepresentative of the Korean people's will. These days, South Korea survives due to American support while the North is protected by the ample wings of China. Two armed pawns in the international chess game, each one of them claiming to be the only legal entity while neither one is. Moreover, pawns being pawns, they obey orders.
The Chinese reaction to the launching was just a notch less ambiguous than usual. Hong Lei, China's Foreign Ministry Spokesman, said at a regular briefing in Beijing, "North Korea, as a member of the United Nations, has the obligation to abide by relevant resolutions of the United Nations Security Council." He refused to answer whether North Korea had lived up to that obligation or whether China had received advance notice that the launch would happen Wednesday, though he "regretted" the event (the launching or the press conference? we will never know...). Let me venture an educated guess, North Korea wouldn't have launched the satellite without the approval of its main sponsor. Considering the source of its technology, such an option is even more questionable. North Korea is a useful pawn in the Chinese chess game.
Its role is similar to the one played by Israel in the American chess game. Israel is useful to the USA in the testing of weapons; once a system is defined as "tested in the battlefield," its price increases. Israel also indirectly secures America's access to the valuable oil fields in the Middle East. Moreover, it allows the USA to perform indirect attacks on its enemies. One of the triggers of the current violence in Syria, was the unprovoked assassination of Syrian civilians by the IDF. Of course, these interests were shared by both sides.
China is rising rapidly, achieving strategic concerns parallel to the American ones. Some time ago, an American pawn threatened one of China's favorite soldiers. In the Beginning of 2012, South Korea announced it was interested in buying Israel's Iron Dome antimissile system. Despite its name, it is an offensive system. It is a mobile system, similar in size to most weapons used by artillery corps. This means that it can be carried around by the artillery just behind the frontline, and neutralize missiles and artillery shells fired by the other side. Thus, strictly speaking, this is not a defensive weapon, but a frontline support-weapon, as all artillery is. The acquisition of Iron Dome by South Korea has offensive implications towards North Korea.
A few months later, the answer arrived. Anybody capable of putting something on an exact orbit around earth can hit whatever is below. Can you understand this, Mr. Netanyahu?
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