U.S. Militarism Continues on the Korean Peninsula

U.S. soldiers hang a South Korean flag on the top of their tank during a joint exercise in the city of Yeoncheon on May 30, 2013. JUNG YEON-JE / AFP - Getty Images
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Today, 83 U.S. military bases exist in South Korea. The reason: To protect South Korea from North Korea.

The U.S. have maintained a military presence on the Korean Peninsula since the Korean War of 1950-1953, which technically hasn’t ended. Interestingly enough, the Korean Armistice Agreement was only signed between North Korea, the United States, and China. South Korea has yet to sign it. Another interesting fact, under the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) between the U.S. and South Korea is when or if war breaks out on the Korean Peninsula, the United States would be commanding Republic of Korea (ROK) military forces. Sounds a lot like neocolonialism. Probably because it is.

The very latest events on the Korean Peninsula highlights this neocolonialism. The U.S. is in the midst of deploying an anti-missile system called THAAD, Terminal High Altitude Area Defense. The Pentagon insists that THAAD is for South Korea’s protection, but missile defense experts and international relations experts have been speaking out saying that it will only bring destabilization to the region. Tensions have certainly increased.

North Korea has been increasing its missile tests. China has been boycotting South Korean products and tourism. Even South Korean animosity towards the United States military has been growing. THAAD has certainly been effective in stirring the pot. But would it actually protect South Korea?

THAAD’s main purpose is to add another layer to what is called “Missile Defense” (MD). MD is part of a multi-billion dollar industry created with the task of shooting down incoming missiles. It has often been referred to as “hitting a bullet with another bullet“. The U.S. already has SM-3 and PAC-3 MD systems along with AEGIS destroyer ships loaded with MD systems. In the 15 minute video posted below, I go over many of the aspects of both MD and THAAD examining some of these claims. I also briefly go over some of North Korea’s history. When we realize the destruction and nuclear first-strike threats towards North Korea from the United States, conducting missile tests really aren’t too crazy. If any nation was threatening the U.S. with nuclear first strikes, I’m pretty damn sure the Pentagon would lose its shit.

We like to believe that our government has our best interests at heart, especially when spending billions of our tax-dollars on new technologies wrapped in the American flag. THAAD’s cost is well over a billion dollars, with hundreds of millions to maintain every year. Recently President Trump requested that South Korea pay the $1 billion, threatening to end the Free Trade Agreement between the countries. How much more harassment will South Korea endure before saying no? Hopefully, THAAD will be the catalyst for getting U.S. troops out of the Korean Peninsula, finally leaving Korea to its own fate which would most likely be a united Korea. We have plenty of our own problems at home. There’s no need to send our problems to the other side of the globe. Its time for the U.S. to defend its own borders… from its own government.