Tuesday, July 26, 2005


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Interesting diplomatic news today. Aside from the twin disasters in Asia Minor, the steady beat of death and doom there ever ongoing, never ending. Bolton just might be appointed to represent us at the UN despite Congress not passing him. Way to go, diplomatically. This is a real winner, yes?

Bush, the illiterate, still refuses to hand over important Bolton papers. I suppose he wants our Senators to be equally unread. Then there is the Supreme Court nominee, the inverterate liar, Roberts. Bush won't release many of his papers, either. Unread is unknown! Best to keep that paper trail shredded or burned.

Now we are in the midst of a diplomatic push to legitimisize North Korea and cement their place in the political pantheon.

Here is the picture proof! Note the jolly faces. Note how the North Koreans look like all the others! You can't tell them apart anymore! Note the grinning American on the end, no longer snarling and calling everyone names and barking orders. Note that Condi Rice isn't there at all! Truly a tipsy-doodle photo!

What? Is this me joking? Alas, no. Since the Chinese won this round vis a vis the American Empire, I will go to their news site for how they see all of this. From Xinhuanet:

The six-party talks on the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue restarted Tuesday in Beijing after a 13-month-long impasse, with the United States promising not to attack the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).

US chief negotiator Christopher Hill said at the opening session of the fourth round of the talks that the United States regards the DPRK as a sovereign state and has no intention to send troops to or attack it.

The US statement was of particular concern to the DPRK, who over the past years has repeatedly asked the United States to respect its sovereignty and normalize political and economic relations with it, while offering "definite assurance" of non-aggression against it.

The six nations, China, the DPRK, the United States, the Republic of Korea (ROK), Russia and Japan, have agreed to realize the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, but are yet to decide on the approach to the goal.

To find a solution to disputes, the six nations held three rounds of talks in Beijing from 2003 to 2004, but failed to achieve substantial results. The fourth round was originally planned in September last year.

Early this year, the new Bush administration called the DPRK an "outpost of tyranny." In return, the DPRK announced on Feb. 10 it was suspending its participation in the six-party talks on the nuclear issue for an "indefinite period."

The DPRK also declared that it already had self-defensive nuclear weapons.
Guess who was brought to heel here? It wasn't North Korea. Nor was it China. When Bush took the WH in the fake election in 2000, he immediately tried to tweek the Chinese who slapped him silly over the spy plane mess, then he tried to poke at the North Korean rattler and got bit.

Every time Bush and Blair shouted about Saddam having WMD, North Korea would announce they had nuclear weapons. This was deliberate. They played their poor hand and bet their tiny stakes at the table that we would be unable to counter their moves because we wanted to steal oil from Iraq and they were a diversion. This proved to be a correct analysis and the pay off is impressive: we are basically finally surrendering to them, long after the brutal Korean war stalemated. We are finally being dragged to the table to sign treaties with the North Koreans. This is most impressive.
In the past year when the six-party talks were suspended, the US side had bilateral contact with the DPRK for six times under the framework of the six-party talks.

Hill said the US side had made clear its key stance and opinions to the DPRK through those contacts and the United States was ready for "serious" talks under the same framework.

Meanwhile, DPRK's delegation head Kim Kye-gwan said political will and strategic resolution are needed to wipe out the threats of a nuclear war on the Korean Peninsula and to realize a nuclear-weapon-free Korean Peninsula.

The DPRK is ready for that, he said, adding that the DPRK side would work together with the other five parties to prevent the meeting from going fruitless.

As the host country, Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing urged negotiators to take a "flexible and pragmatic" attitude to seek "positive" progress in the new round of negotiation.

A nuclear-weapon-free Korean Peninsula and long-term peace and stability in the region would serve the interests of all parties concerned, Li said.

Noting there might be various difficulties during the talks, he said, so long as all sides worked together there would be success.

"Nothing in the world is difficult for one who sets his mind on it," he quoted a Chinese saying. "China will continue to work with all sides for realizing denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and regional peace and stability."
I recall all the hysterical pleas from Bush and his gang, begging China to fix things up with North Korea. The smug Chinese are smiling broadly as they issue this press release. Like our begging over the value of the yuan, we, the mighty so called empire of freedom, must plead for help from the Chinese. We then slap at them, note that today, Congress is definitely interfering with business. The Unocal offer has utterly unnerved us and we show naked fear, clutching at straws, trying to wrest victory without making a better offer.

The New York Times has a rather disjointed, long article, almost as unreadable as Pravda in the good ole days. From the NYT:
Early this year, American spy satellites detected a spike in suspicious tunneling activity at a highly secretive military site in the mountains of North Korea.

It alarmed some of the government's top nuclear analysts, who saw it as a sign that North Korea might be preparing to make good on threats to conduct its first test of a nuclear weapon. There was even tantalizing talk among some officials in Washington that the North Koreans were so far along in preparing for an underground detonation that they had built a reviewing stand for dignitaries to witness the earth tremble.
Potemkin nuke tests! A cheap way to get attention and saber rattle without either a sword or a baby's shake toy. The North Koreans are no dumber than anyone else. Indeed, it would be hardly possible to be dumber than our own dear neo-cons running foreign policy these days. They knew their quarry well and stalked the USA's neo-cons and bagged them.

Our Pravda press will trumpet this sad six country negotiations as a great victory for our dear ruler and his squadrons of goons. They will prance all over, yelling, "We got peace at last!" and will thump themselves on the back for ending the Korean war at last.

Sort of like Nixon trumpetting his kow tow embassy to Mao as a great victory, too. Note how that turned out in the long run. Heck, our victory in WWII which was total is now reversed.
North Korea's true intentions on testing - whether the activity in the mountainous Kilju region was genuine or an attempt to deceive the world - may never be known. But a review of this spring's divergent assessments, based on interviews with officials from Congress, the administration, American intelligence agencies and foreign governments, reveals how the process of assessing North Korea's weapons is vulnerable to politics and to the imprecision of intelligence. Most of the officials and analysts spoke on the condition of anonymity because the subject concerned classified information and issues of political sensitivity.
Seems like everyone except for former Ambassador Wilson has to use the hoary old, "sources say" these days. DC is filled to the gills with a goofy chorus of shady shadowy non people all babbling away like Hamlet's father's ghost. We can't understand North Korea but they certainly don't need to spy on us with all these motormouthed anonymous tipsters in DC.
The question of whether North Korea would conduct a test had great significance because, many experts and officials fear, such a step could ignite a nuclear arms race in Asia.

If the more urgent view of the test preparations was circulated by the Bush administration as it sought to restart the six-nation talks, the more benign version was promoted by the C.I.A., which is struggling to overcome criticism for overestimating Iraq's unconventional weapons. Although the government overhauled its sprawling intelligence structure in the wake of 9/11 and the Iraq war, the North Korea episode highlights a lingering lack of coordination in assessing even the most serious threats.
This is pure hogwash. The arms race began in earnest in January, 2001, with the installation of Bush in the WH. He then jacked up the foolish "Star Wars" programs and the insane Missile Defense Shield and reanimated nuclear bomb research and began a nuclear shelter building program so Bush and the neo-cons can hide deep in the earth while we all fry.

Declaring war on North Korea, Iraq and Iran is the cause of all this arms building. What on earth did we expect? When we invaded Iraq after the UN certified that Saddam was in compliance with all UN protocols, China and North Korea decided to work in concert to clip our wings as well as pull our fangs.

This worked perfectly.

Now for the real interesting news from China: From Xinhuanet:
The ancient Chinese regarded sexual satisfaction as crucial for both men and women, revealed a Japanese researcher here Tuesday.

In ancient China, men played a dominant role in social issues, politics, families, and sexual affairs. Women were regarded as passive service providers in sex and their role was to satisfy men.

However, for more than 1,000 years, "The Art of the Bedchamber" underlined the pleasure, sensitivity and desires of both men and women, said Sumiyo Umekawa, a professor with the Otsuma Women's College.

Manuals starting from the Song Dynasty (960-1279) noted that females should receive as much pleasure from sexual intercourse as she gave to the man, and introduced practical skills to achieve mutual satisfaction, said Sumiyo, at the 22nd International Congress of History of Science.
In other words, if you are going to be f*cked, at least it should feel good.

Sensitive, no?

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