Re: [OPE-L] SV: [OPE-L] North Korea

From: Rakesh Bhandari (bhandari@BERKELEY.EDU)
Date: Sat Jan 27 2007 - 11:52:43 EST

>Then I was asked about WMD:s, what I thought 
>about them etc. Well, I oppose any country 
>having them. But I do think a country like North 
>Kore and a personal leader like Kim Jung 
>Ill would be more likely to use those, and that 
>would be against their closest neighbours, 
>especially if the US would attack, or threaten 
>to do so. The regime is highly unstable, as are 
>all dictatorships, and those weapons might end 
>up in the wrong hands. This last part was also 
>repeated in my former e-mail, and it is a 
>reflection obviously of a more personal opinion 
>about for example Kim's psychological status. 
>Wasn't the great leader's portraits suddenly 
>removed from all public buildings about 2 
>years ago? And then put back just a few days 
>later? We might very well see a regime change 
>from inside North Korea quite soon, why I think 
>the best recipee is patience, as always.

But Martin what seems to follow from your 
analysis is not the need for patience but the 
need for  preventive attacks against Kim Sung 
Ill's build up of nuclear capabilities. The 
question that has been put to you is whether you 
openly affirm the apparent implication of your 
own analysis.  I (as well as others) may be 
misunderstanding you, so please do clarify what 
you  you think follows from your analysis.

>A week ago I posted a mail about the archives 
>containing the former MEL-institute's holdings. 
>Much material found there will for obvious 
>reasons be in German, English or French, which 
>is why I thought it might be a good idea for you 
>to know about it. I would be glad to help 
>anybody who would like to know more about what 
>is required for access to these holdings. 
>Hopefully, I can continue to pursue the quest 
>for a deepend knowledge in political economy, 
>which is what this list is for in the first 
>place. For example, I plan to post info about 
>previously unknown material by I.I. Rubin.

We do need a new political economic analysis of 
what appears to be a qualitative leap  in 
imperialist aggression which has made the 
Westphalian order a corpse and flaunts the United 
Nations. I don't think this discussion is off 
topic for this list.

I am wondering whether OPE-L'ers would recommend 
any work on this topic. I have spoken highly of 
Prem Shankar Jha's The Twilight of the Nation 
State: Globalisation, Chaos and War. PS Jha was 
once the editor of the Hindu, New Delhi's largest 
morning daily.


>Many kind regards,
>Frn: OPE-L genom ope-admin@RICARDO.ECN.WFU.EDU
>Skickat: l 2007-01-27 03:48
>mne: Re: [OPE-L] North Korea
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>To: Gerald_A_Levy@MSN.COM
>Sent: Friday, January 26, 2007 9:46 PM
>Subject: [RE]Re: [OPE-L] North Korea
>  Hi, Martin,
>As I am a South Korean citizen, I am well alerted to the recent situation
>of North Korea.
>Talking about North Korea, all the academic wisdoms suddenly change into
>silly and stupid enough persons, as they do not know how to exploit their
>own logical capabilities.
>One thing is evident.
>Mr Kim has been following neuclear programs not secretly but openly since
>after 15 years ago.
>They said to USA, "We shall start a neuclear program unless USA stop
>threatening us militarily"
>Clinton stopped threatening and thus stoopped him persuing the program.
>Bush resumed the threatening and Mr Kim also resumed the program. Kim
>finally showed his neuclear capability after 6 years' noticement.
>Bush disregarded Kim's announcement that neuclear weapons were already
>ready. I respect highly Mr kim because he was the first person in the
>histroy of warfare to have openly noticed his intent of weapon development
>and he foretold a week before his own neuclear test schedule.
>Unfortunately, however, nevertheless, Bush and the west have never shown
>any of their logical capability against Kim's neuclear capability. This
>story is very significant. It shows USA's intelligence incapabilities,
>their misinformation,  their misjudgement. In the war against North Korea,
>USA has already lost, I believe. They have no knowledge at all about what
>their own enemy is like.
>However militarily strong you are, you can lose if you have no choice.
>Think about a chess, you cannot win with many solders and generals. You
>will lose if the king have no choice.
>In solidarity,

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