True, not true: Korea, Sony hack, Pres. Obama, free speech

North Korea hacked Sony: Not true.

There’s no proof that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea hacked Sony. The DPRK has in fact volunteered to help investigate the hack, and there’s mounting evidence, reported widely in the mainstream U.S. press, that the hack was likely an inside job. That’s right: President Obama and the FBI lied about having conclusive evidence that the DPRK attacked Sony.

True: U.S. government functionaries had input into and are promoting the dissemination of a racist movie, “The Interview,” which depicts the assassination of current DPRK head of state Kim Jong-un.

It is not far fetched at all to conclude that Washington and Wall Street see the movie and the controversy surrounding it as an opportunity to continue its demonization campaign against North Korea—a campaign that is aimed at overthrowing the sovereign government of North Korea.

True: South Korea outlawed a political party, throwing its elected representatives out of parliament on Dec. 19—the very same day President Obama lied to the world about the Sony hack.

The Unified Progressive Party was dissolved under the Republic of Korea’s current leadership. The current president of South Korea is conservative Park Geun-hye. She is the daughter of Park Chung-hee, the country’s former dictator, who had served as an officer in the Japanese occupation army and received military training in the United States. Amnesty International stated that the banning of the UPP raised “serious questions as to the authorities’ commitment to freedom of expression and association.” Amnesty International, not surprisingly, has greatly understated what is part of a grave escalation on democratic rights in South Korea.

The same day U.S. ally South Korea was banning a political party, President Obama gave a year-end press conference. He said: “But let’s talk of the specifics of what we now know. The FBI announced today and we can confirm that North Korea engaged in this attack.”

What we actually now know for sure: President Obama said zero about South Korea’s assault on free speech and human rights the same day he lied to the people of the world about North Korea. In other words, U.S. policy towards Korea isn’t about telling the truth, human rights or free speech.

The truth: South Korea is not just an ally. The U.S. maintains a hostile relationship with the people of South Korea and all of Korea. The United States has 37,000 troops stationed in the Republic of Korea and has authority over the country’s armed forces. U.S. soldiers stationed in the country have special legal privileges not enjoyed by Koreans, and Washington has a history of supporting numerous South Korean fascists and dictators.

To this day, the U.S. has refused to sign a treaty ending the Korean War. The fighting stopped in 1953. That’s right: 1953!

Every year, the United States carries out multiple war games that simulate the invasion and the destruction of the DPRK. Those war games include full-scale mobilizations on Korean soil. They also include the simulated deployment and use of nuclear weapons.

True: The DPRK is no threat to the people of the United States. Looking at the situation from a wider view, it is crystal clear that the U.S. has no interest in freedom and democracy for Korea. All the phony talk about the supposed “lack of democracy” in the DPRK is to distract people from the simple fact that North Korean sovereignty is based on two things: (1) the successful defense of the country from predators in the United States and Japan who would like to control all of Korea and (2) social rights that include the right to a job, equal pay, equality for women (including paid maternity leave), the right to paid vacation and free health care and education (including preschool).

This is one of the toasts I will be making tonight on New Year’s Eve: “May 2015 be the year of lasting peace and justice for Korea and the end of U.S. lies, racism and aggression: Hands Off the DPRK! Hands off Korea!”

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