World War 3 - Act III, Scene I: The Far East
While not widely
reported in the US press, war rhetoric has been escalating
rapidly since late April 2003, when North Korea's military reached
full war preparedness. No army prepares for war, only to
remain in this state for so long. What on earth is
April 21, 2003 -- North Korea calls on all
its citizens to increase the country's defence capabilities,
according to the state's official media. 'All officers and men
of the People's Army ... always keep yourselves combat ready,'
the KCNA news agency reports the North Korean military as
saying. 'If enemies invade our inviolable sky, land and seas
even an inch, destroy up the aggressors with merciless
annihilating blows'. The Central Committee and the Central
Military Commission of the Worker's Party of Korea jointly
issue the call which was carried in Pyongyang newspapers.
April 21, 2003 -- One day before scheduled
talks between US and North Korean diplomats, a secret Donald Rumsfeld memorandum calling for regime change in North Korea
is leaked. The paper does not call for military action against
North Korea, but wants the United States to team up with China
in pushing for the collapse of Kim Jong-il's bankrupt but
April 24, 2003 -- American envoy James
Kelly deliberately insults Chinese and North Korean diplomats
by breaking off talks in Beijing without giving any notice.
American embassy officials would not say where he was heading.
May 4, 2003 -- Kim Myong Chol, a
Japanese-born Korean, delivers a message on behalf of the
North Korean government: "North Korea has a nuclear
capability. It's quite obvious. North Korea may have minimum
100 nuclear warheads, maximum 300. They all lock onto American
cities... If the US attacks North Korea, North Korea will
definitely use those nuclear weapons against the US mainland."
Oops, shouldn't we take this threat seriously?
May 4, 2003 -- U.S. Defense Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld refuses to rule out the possibility of war
with North Korea.
June 4, 2003
-- After a fairly uneventful month, war rhetoric continues to escalate. The US announces
an $US11 billion new North Korean war plan... When war breaks
out, the forces will skirt the DMZ and head for Pyongyang,
giving them the ability to "take down" North Korea's heavy
presence on the border within an hour of war breaking out..
"This is Kim Jong-il's worst nightmare," one official
June 11, 2003
-- Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's advisory panel states
that the United States should be prepared to destroy North
Korea's Yongbyon reactor if necessary to keep Pyongyang from
trafficking in nuclear weapons.
June 11, 2003
-- Australia considers taking a role in an international
effort to intercept North Korean ships that may be carrying
weapons of mass destruction (WMD) or illegal cargoes used to
finance its military programs. North Korea has always
warned that a naval blockade would be a trigger for war. She
cannot afford to have any interdiction of critical foodstuffs
April 10, 2004
-- "The year to fear for Taiwan: 2006", By Wendell Minnick,
Asia Times. "TAIPEI - If China ever makes the decision
to invade Taiwan it is unlikely to be a large-scale
Normandy-style amphibious assault. The reality is that China
is more likely to use a decapitation strategy.
Decapitation strategies short circuit command and control
systems, wipe out nationwide nerve centers, and leave the
opponent hopelessly lost. All China needs to do is
seize the center of power, the capital and its leaders. If
China decides to use force to reunify the mainland with what
it terms a breakaway province, the window of opportunity is
believed to be 2006. This would give China a couple of years
to clean up the mess before the 2008 Summer Olympics. Most
analysts estimate that China's military strength will surpass
Taiwan's defense capabilities by 2005. So 2006 - the Year of
the Dog - is clearly the year to fear."
April 22, 2004
-- A massive train explosion in North Korea claims the lives
of approximately 3,000, including many children in a nearby
security concludes train blast was assassination try", Special
to World Tribune.com, June 1, 2004
"North Korea's state security agency has determined that
April's massive train blast was a botched effort to kill North
Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il, a South Korean newspaper reported
... Kim's heavily guarded special train passed through
Ryongchon station on his way back from China just nine hours
before the explosion. This triggered speculation that the
incident was an assassination attempt on the North Korean
leader ... Kim vanished from public view for more than a week
following the explosion and the North's normally attentive
state-controlled media made no mention of his activities or
June 20, 2004
-- China is told to withdraw its undertaking on no first-use
of nuclear weapons should Taiwan try to blow up the Three
Gorges Dam. The call was made by them - as well as some who
sit on the country's top political advisory body - in the wake
of a US Defence Department report which suggested that Taiwan
could target the dam in a pre-emptive strike.
This kind of news story just escalates the war rhetoric. War
rhetoric can play a significant role in starting a war nobody
really wanted. As war talk escalates, war action generally
August 1, 2004
-- China's Defense Minister Cao issued a stern warning to
Taiwan, saying the mainland military has the strength and
determination to "smash" any moves toward independence by the
self-ruled island. Cao's remarks were published on the
front pages of many newspapers and followed days of escalating
rhetoric and tension, aggravated by annual war games held in
July by both sides to display their military prowess. Wang
Zaixi, vice minister of the State Council's Taiwan Affairs
Office, warned that Beijing won't rule out war if Taiwanese
President Chen Shui-bian pursues his plan to adopt a new
constitution by 2008.
August 25, 2004 -- All 90 passengers and crew aboard
two Russian passenger jets die after both planes went down
almost simultaneously in different parts of the country,
raising immediate suspicion of terrorist action. The
accidents took place just four days ahead of controversial
elections in the separatist Russian Caucasus republic of
September 1, 2004
-- "MOSCOW (AP) - A suicide bomber kills 10 people in a subway
station. A militant Muslim group that claimed
responsibility for the crash of two Russian airliners on
August 25, said it was also behind the latest attack. The
attack was only the latest in a string of violence in the
capital and elsewhere that the government has appeared
helpless to prevent. Most of the violence has been blamed on
rebels in the breakaway republic of Chechnya or their
On the same day, more
than a dozen attackers carrying guns and wrapped in
suicide-bomb belts seized a school in the Russian region of
North Ossetia and held hundreds of hostages, including some
200 children. More than 340 people died, and 542
November 17, 2004
-- Portraits of North Korean leader Kim Jong-il disappear from
some public places like the Grand People's Cultural Palace,
with talk going around that this is a sign of changes in the
North Korean power structure. Several possible
explanations for the portrait removal readily come to mind:
Kim Jong-il has died
Kim Jong-il has been
removed from office by a military coup
The United States has
been successful in its attempts to assassinate him in order to
force a "Regime Change"
An internal power
struggle is under way and Kim Jong-il is not now in the
ascendancy in that struggle.
December 22, 2004
-- Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage states that the
US is not required to defend Taiwan if Beijing launches a war
against the island. See
WorldNetDaily. This statement could prove to be one
of the most heinous acts of betrayal in recent history.
December 27, 2004 -- China Vows to prevent Taiwan
Independence. These are fighting words, and come
against an island state which has seen and heard many
threats from the Chinese mainland. This is all part of
the rhetoric designed to increase hostilities between the
two countries in the lead up to WW3.
August 31, 2005 -- China is preparing for nuclear
war with the United States over Taiwan, and a conflict is
likely in the near future because of divisions among Beijing's
leaders, a Chinese democracy activist says. See
Act IV: Erosion of Confidence in 'The
To be continued...
Act I |
Act II |
Act III |
Act IV |
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