Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wikileaks and a potential war on the Korean peninsula

Of course, not much thought will be given by the general public on how the mainstream media picks, chooses, uses and abuses the different revelations by Wikileaks. However, the news that China is willing to accept Korean reunification being given pride of place in today's media is certainly worth thinking about. All the more so, as Chinese officials in Europe today appeared to give some substance to the contention when they said "supports the "independent and peaceful reunification of the Korean peninsula", even if they did go on to qualify the statement by adding that "reunification was not going to happen overnight."

Good news we might think, but we might think a bit more and start to consider the consequences of what these leaks might actually lead to. On the one hand, we have Wikileaks revealing that two named senior Chinese officials think that Korea should be reunified under Seoul's control, that China's vice-foreign minister believes that North Korea behaves like a spoiled child and that a Chinese ambassador sees North Korea's nuclear weapons as "a threat to the whole world's security" and a few hours later we have a statement from Chinese officials which, at the very least, lends substance to the information contained in the leaked diplomatic cables. .... and on the other hand?

On the other hand, the regime in Pyong Yang bombed South Korea's Yeon Pyeong Island only a weak ago and we still have countless "experts" trying to figure out why. Desperate measures from a desperate regime, we might think and once again we might think a bit more and in doing so we might come to the conclusion that today, with the news that China is about to drop it like a hot potato, the DPRK has become an even more desperate place. News, we should add, that was instigated by Wikileaks and today totally exploited by the mainstream media.

Yesterday, my conclusion was that we have moved a step closer to an attack on Iran and today we may have moved a bit closer to an all out war on the Korean peninsula for we can expect further desperate measures by a North Korea, which is now in fact totally isolated, and we can expect a response from the Seoul and from Washington to those desperate measures. Moreover, with the evidence increasingly suggesting that  China will keep out of the conflict, everybody has less to lose. It would appear that although Wikileaks cannot dictate American foreign policy, it has become a catalyst in ensuring that a machiavellian 'Realpolitik'  is employed in ensuring that that foreign policy's goals can be achieved sooner rather than later.

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