Is US Creating Shield Against Potential Nuclear Retaliation From Russia, China?
There is a striking resemblance between the previous demonization of Iran and the ongoing media fuss over the North Korean crisis, Dr. Paul Craig Roberts wrote on his blog, suggesting that both episodes are smokescreens for deploying the US' anti-ballistic missile systems in close proximity to Russia and China.
Although Pyongyang has been recently presented as the main source of the crisis in the Korean peninsula, it appears that there is yet another player behind the escalation of tensions in the region.
"The North Korean 'crisis' is a Washington orchestration," Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, American economist, author and former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under President Ronald Reagan, writes on his blog.
Regardless of its image of a troublemaker North Korea has not attacked or invaded anyone in the last 64 years, he noted, adding that Pyongyang lacks the military strength to attack either South Korea or Japan — the US' longstanding allies in the region.
"Moreover, China would not permit North Korea to start a war," he remarked.
The author drew parallels between the narrative of the DPRK's war ambitions and the previous demonization of Iran that allowed Washington to put US anti-ballistic missile bases in Europe, in close proximity to Russia's borders.
"Washington claimed that the anti-ABM bases were not directed at Russia, but were for the protection of Europe against Iran's nuclear ICBMs," Dr. Roberts wrote, "Insouciant Americans might have believed this, but the Russians surely did not as Iran has neither ICBMs nor nuclear weapons."
Likewise, the claim that the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) which has recently been deployed in South Korea and has already become operational is aimed at protecting Seoul against Pyongyang's ICBMs sounds rather confusing.
"THAAD has nothing whatsoever to do with North Korea, which borders South Korea, making it pointless for North Korea to attack South Korea with ICBMs," the author stressed.
"In other words, Washington is creating a shield against nuclear retaliation from both Russia and China from a US [preemptive] nuclear strike against both countries," he wrote and added that "THAAD or anti-ABMs are useless against Russian nuclear cruise missiles and the Russian air force."
Indeed, the crisis which has recently erupted in the region coincided with the deployment of THAAD in South Korea.
Predictably, Beijing has expressed its growing concerns over the deployment.
"I think that as for THAAD our position is clear and decisive.
We are against the deployment of THAAD in South Korea.
We call on the relevant parties to stop the deployment of THAAD immediately," China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Friday.
US political commentator and a regular contributor to Sputnik John Wight shares Roberts' stance.