Ron Paul: How to End the Korea Crisis

by Ron Paul

The descent of US/North Korea “crisis” to the level of schoolyard taunts should be remembered as one of the most bizarre, dangerous, and disgraceful chapters in US foreign policy history.

President Trump, who holds the lives of millions of Koreans and Americans in his hands, has taken to calling the North Korean dictator “rocket man on a suicide mission.” Why? To goad him into launching some sort of action to provoke an American response? Maybe the US president is not even going to wait for that. We remember from the Tonkin Gulf false flag that the provocation doesn’t even need to be real. We are in extremely dangerous territory and Congress for the most part either remains asleep or is cheering on the sabre-rattling.

Now we have North Korean threats to detonate hydrogen bombs over the Pacific Ocean and US threats to “totally destroy” the country.

We are told that North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is a “madman.” That’s just what they said about Saddam, Gaddafi, Assad, and everyone else the neocons target for US military action. We don’t need to be fans of North Korea to be skeptical of the war propaganda delivered by the mainstream media to the benefit of the neocons and the military industrial complex.

Where are the cooler heads in Washington to tone down this war footing?

Making matters worse, there is very little understanding of the history of the conflict. The US spends more on its military than the next ten or so countries combined, with thousands of nuclear weapons that can destroy the world many times over. Nearly 70 years ago a US-led attack on Korea led to mass destruction and the death of nearly 30 percent of the North Korean population. That war has not yet ended.

Why hasn’t a peace treaty been signed? Newly-elected South Korean president Moon Jae-in has proposed direct negotiations with North Korea leading to a peace treaty. The US does not favor such a bilateral process. In fact, the US laughed off a perfectly sensible offer made by the Russians and Chinese, with the agreement of the North Koreans, for a “double freeze” – the North Koreans would suspend missile launches if the US and South Korea suspend military exercises aimed at the overthrow of the North Korean government.

So where are there cooler heads? Encouragingly, they are to be found in South Korea, which would surely suffer massively should a war break out. While US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, was bragging that the new UN sanctions against North Korea would result in a near-complete blockade of the country (an act of war), the South Korean government did something last week that shocked the world: it announced an eight million dollar humanitarian aid package for pregnant mothers and infant children in North Korea. The US and its allies are furious over the move, but how could anyone claim the mantle of “humanitarianism” while imposing sanctions that aim at starving civilians until they attempt an overthrow of their government?

Here’s how to solve the seven-decade old crisis: pull all US troops out of South Korea; end all military exercises on the North Korean border; encourage direct talks between the North and South and offer to host or observe them with an international delegation including the Russians and Chinese, which are after all Korea’s neighbors.

The schoolyard insults back and forth between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un are not funny. They are in fact an insult to all of the rest of us!

This column was originally published by the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity.


  • Tchiock

    As a former combat veteran of the “Forgotten war,” DOD civilian retiree, and having lived in Korea for 4 years some 10 years after the war, I feel very close to and strong empathy for all Koreans.
    In 1967 – 8, I asked our then neighbor Hubert (Lake Waverly, MN) why we still had 25 thousand troops in Korea. It was all about money and politics but also about the Korean philosophy that if you save a man’s life you have intervened with fate and are responsible for that individual forever.
    I believe like you, that lifetime “forever” has long since past and lest we become involved and responsible “forever” again, we should take that part of the American “Military Industrial complex” and better use those resources elsewhere. Let North Korea’s neighbors deal with the recalcitrant.
    South Korea has bloomed beyond anyone’s imagination and it would be beyond that also if the two entities were unified in the near future.
    Korea has a magnificent history in spite of having been occupied and exploited by many different countries over many millennia. The last reigning heir of the Yi Dynesty was half Japanese and all Koreans spoke Japanese from 1910 to the end of WWII when American and Russian occupation began. Both sides need their sovereignty.
    Thank G-d for the POTUS but he cannot, must not (with all due respect) take rhetoric criticism personal; we are all Anglicans — “Ko-jangies”

  • Jay Dillon

    Do everything to appease Kim Dong-un? Wrong. President Trump is simply telling a vicious dictator to back down. Ron Paul seems unaware the Kim is threatening us with nuclear missile strikes on our cities. Ron Paul is blaming President Trump for the aggression Kim Dong-un is using against us. And Ron Paul thinks appeasement is the best or only hopeful path to stopping North Korean aggression. I can’t think of any stupider way to handle a rabid warmonger such as Kim Dong-un. Appeasement didn’t work with Adolf Hitler, it doesn’t work with Kim and it is a deadly mistake to think appeasement can work at all. South Korea should know better: Vicious, depraved dictators see kindness as weakness. South Korea has increased the likelihood that they will be attacked and massively hurt by North Korea’s insane regime.

  • Facts Matter

    did NK invade SK in 1950 or was it a false flag? did NK sign a peace treaty or just a cease fire? has the whole world condemned his continued persistence in making nukes? has he continuously threatened his neighbors with violence? or are all these things just false flags? maybe “the boy who cried wolf” is an appropriate thing to point out, but i am pretty sure the only thing that matters are the facts! Right now all of NK’s neighbors are in agreeance with Trump on the NK situation; even China [you know the country that fully supported the NK invasion of SK back in 1950 in the form of 140k troops sent into Korea to fight against us] fully supports Trump via the latest sanctions. So maybe we should look at the facts right now?