Six decades after the armistice agreement that ended the Koran war, Korea remains a divided country. The continued division of Korea, an artifact of Japanese imperial ambitions in Asia, the second world war, the Korean war and the clash of the communist and capitalist blocks, and an artifact of US imperial ambitions in Asia which dwarf those of imperial Japan, is keeping one nation and one people bitterly divided.
Pitched against one another by U.S. hegemony, compatriots are ready for a mass bloodletting on the peninsula that would, in case the unthinkable happens, dwarf the unspeakable suffering of the Korean war.
Korea is a showcase of imperialist insanity and inhumanity. Korea is also a showcase that indicates, that the United Nations, as an instrument for peace, is so deeply infested with systemic problems, so dangerously arrogant in its foundations, and so criminally complicit in countless wars of aggression from Korea to Libya and beyond, that many analysts argue, that unless radical and comprehensive reform is being implemented within the end of this decade, the United Nations, then fully hedged as Global Empire of Evil, will not be safe to salvage, and it must then be dismantled for the sake of peace, justice and humanity.
Over the recent years, the United Nations Security Council has adopted a series of resolutions on Korea. Purportedly the resolutions were adopted with the intention to safeguard peace and security on the Korean peninsula.
At the most basic level of analysis one recognizes the fact, that many of those resolutions on Korea, as it was the case with countless other resolutions, such as theUNSC Resolution 1973 (2011) on Libya, violate the principles and provisions of the Charter of the United Nations.
Even the nearsighted observer observes, that justice, according to United Nations standards, is far from being blind.
This dangerous trend has become so deeply engraved into the fabric of the United Nations, that it has perverted the perception of the world´s general populations as well as the perception of those who are endowed with political and diplomatic powers and privileges. What has been perverted, are perceptions and concepts of normativity and normality in the interpretation and application of international law.
This trend has progressed to such a degree, that bending the law, based on scapegoating and positioning for geo-political benefit has become the order of the day. In other words, despotism has become the order of the day at the United Nations.
The sole factor that so far, to some degree, has slowed down the rise of one, global tyranny, and mitigated the effects is, that the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council do not always vote concurrently, that they, so to speak, secure “their own realm” or hegemony and thus slow the the progression. The others, that is the vast majority of the worlds populations and UN Member States, are at the mercy of appeasement under the pretense of partnership and hope.
Hope, that the one or the other of the big boys, of the bullies with the bombs, finds it opportune and suitable for his own geo-political ambitions and stratagems, to oppose the other bully´s perversion of international law and the powers that the big boys have granted to themselves when founding the “United Nations”.
This most dangerous state of affairs has become so “normal”, so “informally normative”, that that, what was supposed to be normal and normative is no longer rooted in the reality and actuality of politics and unrecognizable when it is compared to the letters and the purported spirit of documents such as the charter of the United Nations.
Perversion has become the order of the day and nobody, but the few, who are at the receiving end of this“perverted international justice” are paying any attention any longer.
Even the most basic analysis reveals a return to accepting that as normal, which has been shunned and abolished after a more than thirty year-long war in Europe brought unspeakable suffering and killed such large parts of European empires´ populations, that the emperors of old agreed, “never again”.
The Treaty of Westphalia enshrined the essence of these lessons once, but sadly not for all, into the Zeitgeist of humanity. That interference into the internal affairs of sovereign states is outlawed, because it inevitably leads to catastrophes. The Treaty of Westphalia later became the root principle on which the drafting of the Charter of the United Nations was based.
How “normal” it has become to pervert the provisions, which the Charter of the United Nations declares to benormative according to the new Zeitgeist, is showcased by a statement by Nobel peace laureate Dr. Henry Kissinger, who speculated, whether the principle of non-interference, enshrined in the UN Charter, would be applicable for the nations in the Middle East.
After all, so Kissinger, their borders have been arbitrarily drawn by the former colonial powers. It is also showcased by a response to Dr. Kissinger´s statement by the author of this present article.
UNSC Resolutions Pertaining Korea – Violations of International Law.
The UNSC Resolutions 1718 (2006), 1874 (2009) and 2094 (2013) which were adopted under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, as well as Resolution 2087 (2013) are violations of international law. The resolutions contain provisions that:
Violate the sovereign rights of the Democratic Peoples´Republic Korea, DPRK, under the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies (Space Treaty).
Arguments have been constructed and used against the DPRK, as if the launching of a satellite was comparable with the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, armed with nuclear warheads.
That, even though those nations who voted concurrently in favor of the resolution all have major arsenals of ICBM´s with a potential to murder the worlds population several times over.
There can be no misunderstanding, or claims that those nations would not have experts, who could have explained to their policy makers, that any ICBM requires
a) a reentry shield
b) a targeting mechanism activated at reentry
c) a warhead.
Even an amateur can recognize the difference between a satellite launch vehicle and an Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile. It is not rocket science.
Violate the sovereign right to self-defense of the DPRK by attempting to ban legitimate nuclear activities of the DPRK, while these same activities are permitted in the case of permanent members of the UN security Council.
Legitimate activities by the DPRK are sanctioned with illegitimate sanctions which in and on themselves are violations of international law, based on the not legally valid reference to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, NPT. This is done, even though the DPRK has made use of its legitimate right to declare its withdrawal from the treaty on 10 January 2003.
The USA has countless times threatened the people of the DPRK with a nuclear attack and continues threatening. Not least during the annual military exercises in Korea. The USA is the only nation that has ever used nuclear weapons against a defenseless, civilian population, incinerating tens of thousands, and murdering and maiming hundreds of thousands more over generations.Attempt to create and apply double standards with regards to international law and the DPRK in violation of the Charter of the United Nations. Constructs are created and applied on the DPRK, which do not apply to any other sovereign nation, and which especially don´t apply for those permanent members of the UN Security Council.
All permanent UNSC members, the bullies with the bombs, claim for themselves the right to develop and use nuclear weapons as they see fit.
Weapons, which the United States, as the only nation ever, has used in anger against another nation, when it murdered tens of thousands and maimed millions for generations, by using them against the unprotected and utterly helpless, non-combatant civilian people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The world must not forget that day of true infamy and horror.
Weapons, which the United States, time and time again has brandished as a nuclear stick, to threaten the DPRK and its government while it sponsors a resolution to for punitive action against an entire people, because the country develops that, what sadly is perceived as the only effective deterrent against a Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the Korean peninsula. A credible nuclear deterrence.
Weapons, which any of the permanent members of the UN Security Council possess, and which use by themselves they sanction as “normal”, because they themselves are in a situation that allows them to decide what is legitimate for them.
Specifically target the development of the DPRK´s economy, knowing that the compatibility of the North- and South- Korean national economies is one of the most important preconditions for a peaceful and just reunification of Korea; and knowing, that the sanctions are designed with the attempt to starve and impoverish the people of the DPRK by depriving them from the basic rights which the United Nations purportedly should safeguard, and that, with the specific intention to create inner political tensions as well as tensions between the North and the South of the divided country.
Korea is a United Nations Showcase
Six decades after the signing of the armistice that ended armed hostilities on the Korean peninsula, Korea shows that the United Nations is no longer safe to salvage, unless radical and comprehensive changes are made within the end of this decade.
The interference into the internal affairs of sovereign nations, the justification of sanctions and war of aggression under the pretense of a“responsibility to protect” must be brought to an end.
A system, in which the victors of the second world war have endowed themselves with primacy and supremacy over others cannot other than lead to conflict, tyranny or both.
The United Nations, as it stands today, is rapidly perverting into an institution, by which modo-colonialist powers attempt to sanction their abuse of not-so-privileged nations. Justice, national sovereignty and peace, must not be dependent on, whether one of the bullies finds it opportune to stand with a targeted nation in apparent solidarity or not.
Justice is not Justice unless it is blind, and even a blind man can see that there is no such thing as Justice with the United Nations today.
Even the International Criminal Court has degenerated into a globally criticized perversion of justice. A modo-colonial instrument of injustice in the hands of modo-colonialist masters and emperors. Its victims are not only Slobodan Milosevic or Laurent Gbagbo, Serbia and Ivory Coast, but the essence of humanity and justice, globally.
Sixty years after the Korean armistice, the people of Korea have deserved peace. Six decades after the end of the Korean war, the United Nations functions as agency of conflict. Korea is a United Nations showcase. United Nations Justice today is tyranny. We, humanity, cannot let this stand.
Dr. Christof Lehmann who is one of the frequent contributors for The 4th Media is the founder and editor of nsnbc. He is a psychologist and independent political consultant on conflict and conflict resolution and a wide range of other political issues. His work with traumatized victims of conflict has led him to also pursue the work as political consultant. He is a lifelong activist for peace and justice, human rights, Palestinians rights to self-determination in Palestine, and he is working on the establishment of international institutions for the prosecution of all war crimes, also those committed by privileged nations. On 28 August 2011 he started his blog nsnbc, appalled by misrepresentations of the aggression against Libya and Syria. In March 2013 he turned nsnbc into a daily, independent, international on-line newspaper. He can be contacted at nsnbc international at firstname.lastname@example.org