We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Monday, July 31, 2017

America's Big Lie about Bioweapon Crimes in Korea--[interview with] Tom Powell

Click here to access the approximately one hour interview with Tom Powell by Jeff Brown. 

Tom Powell is the son of parents who lived in China during the Korean War and knows a lot about the controversies surrounding the subject. During the interview a lot of material was referenced to, and which I was familiar with from my readings. Much of this material was covered in a recent book by Dave Chaddock (2013) entitled This Must Be the Place in which he extensively covers the subject from both sides of the controversy and comes to the definite conclusion that the US did indeed use bacteriological weapons in Korea and adjacent areas of China. 
The Korean War  (1950-1953) has been actively and purposely censored and suppressed in American textbooks, classrooms and the media, for three reasons. First, the United States got its butt convincingly whipped by the communists – Korean, Chinese and Russian all. Second, America committed genocide, by bombing North Korea with ten times the firepower of Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined, as well as 33,000 tons of napalm, for evil measure. There was literally not a building left standing north of the 38th parallel, while America exterminated 3,000,000 North Koreans, about 15% of the entire population. This war plan became the blueprint for continuing genocide in Vietnam, a decade later. Third, America committed the most heinous of crimes against humanity: the use of bioweapons against the North Koreans and Chinese.
Sylvia and John Powell were at the center of a legal and media firestorm, which lasted nearly a decade, 1953-1962, for reporting the horrific truth about America’s Korean War atrocities.
Thus it is very understandable that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) are so motivated to defend themselves from the US Empire by developing long range missiles.