US’ schadenfreude—North Korea

The failure of North Korea’s satellite launch has brought much glee to the Obama administration and its camp followers of US North Korea clerisy.

The US will try to rally the UN Security Council to once more condemn North Korea, but China will not go along with the American initiative.


As an act of political impotence, Washington has canceled its agreement to supply Pyongyang with 240 tonnes of fortified milk powder and chocolate energy bars.

Fanciful theories are now circulating about the embarrassing setback the young Kim Jong eun has suffered, as well as the political fallout within North Korea and the further weakening of the DPRK.

And yet, few observers appreciate the small signs of opening in North Korea. Within hours, it announced to its people, the launch failure. And yet, we should not overlook that even China, Russia, and the mighty US have also had launch failures. At least, North Korea’s didn’t involve the loss of human life.

And still, few observers appreciate the fact that launching a long range missile mounted with a satellite that would transmit patriotic songs won’t be considered as a complete setback. If anything, North Korea and its people can take pride in defying the international community spearheaded by the US to condemn and further isolate the DPRK.

The US has pricked North Korea’s revolutionary pride in its all out offense to ‘destroy it’ by any means possible. A rocket failure can always be repaired, but a Cold War against North Korea will ultimately fail.

Again, the US wears its schadenfreude of the DPRK satellite failure too lightly. The Obama administration and its army of North Korean experts in and out of government display an abysmal lack of understanding of North Korea, blinded as they are by old readings of Korean history.

Lest we forget, the US and its ally and client state South Korea are still at war with North Korea. And in war, hot or cold, Washington has never forgiven North Korea for ‘rolling back its troops’ to the 38 parallel 62 years ago, thereby inflicting on the triumphant US, a victor of world war two, a humiliating defeat in destroying Communism’s advances.

The North Korean leadership will gird its loins, examine the missile’s failure, argue what went wrong, and then go forward with its programme to build a better long range missile. A small musical chairs’ change in the senior leadership may occur, but the leadership will remain firmly in place.

It is important to note two things at least: the plans for a satellite launch were made whilst Kim Jong il was alive and in control. And, the US knew as early as July 2011 that as part of the gala celebration of DPRK founder Kim Il Sung’s 100 birthday, Pyongyang would attempt putting a satellite into space.

As GuamDiary has noted, North Korea has turned the shattering of the missile carrying the satellite before leaving Earth’s atmosphere is also a badge of honour. It is not failure but an act of defiance against a host of countries that not only wish North Korea ill but work towards its destruction.

And yet, North Korea has known war and famine and the ill fortunes of nature and survived. So, too, will it now.

America’s policy towards North Korea reads like a book of one failure after another. It will continue to go from one bad policy to another, the hundreds of millions it wastes on intelligence, training scholars, agents, and the like. For the foundation of America’s North Korean policy is more sand than cement, and in consequent, its structure will fall apart.

Its time that the US realistically draught a new policy, one based on talking to North Korea and less on star war plans that have no chance in hell in succeeding.

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