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Thread #161905   Message #3850916
Posted By: Joe Offer
17-Apr-17 - 09:13 PM
Thread Name: BS:Mass murder of defenceless civilians-Korea 1951
Subject: RE: BS: Mass murder of defenceless civilians
I gotta say, Jack, that posts from you and from Jim Carroll often seem to have the word "agitprop" written all over them. For those of you who haven't read Jack's PDF, it's a cable from the Korean People's Republic about the bombing of Pyongyang on 3 January 1951 by 82 B-17 Flying Fortresses of the US Air Force. And yes, it is profuse with the adjectives of propaganda - but it tells the truth.

Still (as always), Jack has a good point. In March 2015, the Washington Post ran an article titled, "The U.S. war crime North Korea won't forget":

It's easy to scapegoat North Korea, because the Kim family dynasty has certainly not made North Korea into a model citizen of the world. As the Post article says, "Much of it is cooked up daily in Pyongyang. Like all dictatorial regimes, the Kim family dynasty needs an endless existential struggle against a fearsome enemy. Such a threat rationalizes massive military spending and excuses decades of privation, while keeping dissenting mouths shut and political prisons open."

But there is good reason for most third-world nations to view the United States as villain. The "Ugly American" still exists.

As a pacifist, I view any bombing of any city as barbaric. Total-destruction bombing of cities became matter-of-course during World War II, and it's easy to think nowadays of such bombings as commonplace inconveniences of war.

But the total destruction of any city is still barbaric, no matter if it's done by the "good guys" or the "bad guys."

So, although I question the agitprop tone of Jack's thread and post, I have to agree with him - although I'd say it more gently.