By CRIS DIAZ
Suddenly, a sepulchral silence envelopes North Korea after US President Donald Trump enthused that its missiles are now “lock and loaded” in response to Kim Jong Un’s overture that it would initiate a nuclear attack on Guam, a US territory in the Pacific.
Japan, a US ally, also scrambled and vowed to shoot North Korean missiles, if it passes through its territory.
On the other hand, China would stop any US missiles fired against North Korea.
Obviously, a realignment of forces in the Pacific and Asia is silently building up as the North Korean threat becomes palpable and imminent.
But, will North Korea really pushes the button first and initiate a nuclear strike against Guam? With the US in war footing, many now expressed the doubt that Kim Jong Un would make the first move.
Granting that Kim Jon Un would push the nuclear button, will it be directed to Guam? Military analysts think otherwise. In fact, North Korea would make a simultaneous attack on South Korea and Japan. Thus, the Guam target is only a ruse.
Why South Korea and Japan? The answer is historical in context. During the early 1900s, Japan rules Korea, then an undivided peninsula. It was Japan’s infrastructure development on the Korean Peninsula that propels progress in Korea.
However, Japan’s despotic rule prompted the Korean people to rise against the Imperial Japan. Thus, the Korean people organized themselves to fight against Japan. As usual, there is always the leftist and rightist (majority of them mediocre).
The leftist opposes Japan while the mediocre and the extreme right simply want to protect their interests. They were not inclined to ally with the Korean opposition movement.
At that time, the Soviet Union was expanding the communist movement in Europe and in Asia. Being one of the neighbors in Asia, Korea could not escape the eye of Stalin, then the Soviet Union’s strongman.
Sensing the vulnerability of Korea and the impending conflict with Japan, Stalin ordered the attack and annihilated the Japanese who were then stationed in Manchuria, then part of Northeast China.
Kim IL Sung, the grandfather of Kim Jong Un, was one of the influential leaders of Korea at that time who waged a guerrilla war against Japan. During the attack in Manchuria, Kim IL Sung was among the Korean opposition leaders who joined the Soviet Union’s siege of Manchuria.
After the Manchuria attack, Stalin recruited and trained Kim IL Sung as the future communist leader KoreaThus, in December 1945, Stalin formally installed Kim IL Sung as the leader of the Korean Communist Party. The Soviet Union then occupies Korea.
During the WWII, the US, Soviet Union and China forged a tactical alliance against Japan. As a consequence, the US, Soviet Union and Great Britain proposed a trusteeship of Korea through the creation of the Joint Soviet-American Commission in 1945.
At the Moscow Conference in December 1945, the United States, Soviet Union and Great Britain proposed trusteeship of Korea and created the Joint Soviet-American Commission. Following the creation of the Joint Soviet-American Commission, the 36th Parallel that divided Korea into North and South was also established.
Even with the establishment of the 36th Parallel or the “Demilitarized Zone,” North Korea’s Kim IL Sung remains obsessed of unifying Korea. Thus, aided by the Soviet Union and China, Kim IL Sung attacked South Korea. It was at that time that the US came to quell Kim’s attack on South Korea. The US sudden involvement in the Korean War means only one thing: “The US wants to stop the communist expansion in Asia.”
Nevertheless, Kim IL Sung’s obsession to rule South Korea was, ever since, handed down to his predecessors. As the grandson of Kim IL Sung, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un possesses the same cravings of ruling South Korea today.
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