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NB: Updated on 4/26/2013.
COMMENT: One of the more bizarre and alarming developments in recent months concerns North Korea and its nuclear saber rattling. Dominating the news cycle, it is increasing pressure on the United States to “do more” in the area of defense–invariably an expensive and “budget-unfriendly” undertaking.
This also comes at a time when the “sequester” has grounded roughly a third of the U.S. Air Force’s fleet, as well as placing strain on other military resources.
It should be noted that this sort of behavior cannot improve business confidence in Asia as an area of investment.
One of the questions that suggests itself is just what Kim Jong Un is really thinking? Is he actually delusional and operating under the profound misconception that something productive can come of nuclear war with the United States (or anyone else?) Is he attempting to appeal for more aid to from the West and the international community by throwing a sort of mega-temper tantrum?
Obviously, we are not in a position to state precisely what the answer is, however we note several considerations which, taken together, suggest at least the possibility that there may be a method to Kim’s madness. Note the sequence of events, with linked stories excerpted below:
- In November of 2012, German foreign minister Guido Westerwelle stressed Germany’s importance as America’s number one trading partner, as well as encouraging a North Atlantic Free Trade agreement, stalled for many years as the U.S. turns increasingly toward Asia. Obama’s re-election was followed by an announcement of a “pivot toward Asia,” involving both increased military presence and augmented economic activity.
- At the same time, Westerwelle urged the U.S. to embrace the German “austerity” doctrine, noting that many in this country look to Germany as an example, an oblique reference to the GOP and allied interests.
- This comes at a time when the U.S. has been critical of the imposition of “austerity” on the afflicted economies of the EU, as well as rejecting it here.
- Two months later, in January of 2013, German media carry an account of North Korea’s desire to open up to South Korea and the West, with a particular eye toward stimulating trade and investment.
- This announcement was accompanied by the arrival in North Korea of German lawyers and economists to facilitate the effort.
- Kim’s Korea then abruptly adopts the exact opposite stance, threatening both South Korea and the United States with military action, including nuclear attack.
- South Korean officials have taken note of North Korea’s almost slavish alliance with Germany.
- In addition to providing impetus for maintaining defense spending in the face of the sequester and consequently increasing budgetary strains, this does nothing to create positive business and investment sentiment in the West with regard to Asia. Who wants to invest in an area threatened by a nuclear “madman”?
- A British reporter notes that public icons of Lenin and Marx have been eliminated from widespread public display. Why?
- A former British ambassador to North Korea has stated that North Korea is deeply racist, and that its government bore an unnerving similarity to Nazi Germany. Kim’s father was an unabashed admirer of Hitler, according to this account, and patterned the North Korean public political spectacle after Hitler’s Nuremberg rallies.
This sequence of events raises a number of questions and points of information, including:
- Is Germany developing economic relationships with North Korea, at the same time as it is encouraging North Korea to destabilize Asia by threatening South Korea and the United States? In effect, is North Korea becoming a “proxy belligerent’ ” for Germany?
- Is this Germany’s way of discouraging commercial growth in Asia, this at a time that Germany is pressuring the U.S. for a “free-trade” agreement?
- It should never be forgotten that the current German economic hegemonic position in Europe–rapidly being transformed into political hegemony–began with “free-trade” agreements in the early 1950’s.
- Germany’s position and policy is an extension of the policies of the Third Reich, spelled out by Dorothy Thompson  in 1940 and enunciated by Nazi officials  during the war.
- That policy, as enunciated by Ms. Thompson entailed the following for the United States: ” . . . As far as the United States is concerned, the planners of the World Germanica laugh off the idea of any armed invasion. They say that it will be completely unnecessary to take military action against the United States to force it to play ball with this system. . . . Here, as in every other country, they have established relations with numerous industries and commercial organizations, to whom they will offer advantages in co-operation with Germany. . . .”
- Is the “free-trade agreement” Westerwelle was stressing in November of 2012 the beginning of the tethering of the U.S. to the German political and economic design? he, too, discusses the (ostensibly and initially) profitable advantages of such a relationship, rather like Ms. Thompson’s interviewees in 1940.
- We should remember the theoretical structure formulated and advanced by Francis Parker Yockey , who envisioned an alliance between Third World and Communist countries as a vehicle for subduing the United States, paving the way for a German-led European empire–‘The Imperium.”
Note that future posts will explore this “heckuva conspiracy theory” in connection with possible German environmental and biological warfare/terrorism in Asia. Be sure to check this site regularly for updates.
EXCERPT: The German Foreign Minister has called on the new US administration to consolidate transatlantic economic relations. “Europe and the USA” should “soon reach an agreement on concrete negotiations for a transatlantic free trade zone,” proposed Guido Westerwelle. This could bring new “growth.” Experts are estimating billions in possible added profits. Regarding its strategic consequences, the foreign minister claimed that the close cooperation would strengthen the “basis of common interests” in the global competition. Berlin’s initiative was provoked by Washington’s explicit announcement that, in the future, it will mainly focus on East and Southeast Asia, rather than on Europe. The German government is reacting with an expansion of its own Asian activities, while simultaneously insuring its alliance with the USA in global policy. Berlin is also making demands that are more extensive. Foreign Minister Westerwelle calls on Washington to assume the German austerity policy as its own model for fighting the crisis. . . .
First Free Trade Plans
Since the 1990s, there have been discussions on the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Area (TAFTA). Already at that time, it was clear that the USA would eventually shift the focus of its attention to the Pacific Basin, as Washington’s reaction to the rise of the People’s Republic China. Bonn wanted to take preventive measures to permanently insure its exclusive relationship with the USA. But, deliberations proved futile, because the USA was seeking global free trade regulations. . .
. . . Over the past few months, the US government has expressed angry criticism of the German austerity dictates, because these threaten to lead Europe into a recession, thereby endangering the global economy. In a recent interview, when asked what “Washington can learn from Berlin” Westerwelle claimed that “many Americans have been respectfully following the successful economic history written by us Germans over the past three years,” adding “growth comes from increased competiveness.”
The Most Important Partner in Europe
The German Foreign Minister has made his imposing public declaration based on Berlin’s claim of still being Washington’s most important partner in Europe. The foreign ministry points to the fact that although the Federal Republic of Germany is but the fifth-largest investor in the United States, it remains its largest European trading partner. Just recently, Harald Leibrecht (FDP), coordinator of the German Foreign Ministry’s transatlantic cooperation section, succinctly summed up Berlin’s attitude: in the USA, “Germany is currently seen as the most important partner in Europe.” But Leibrecht cannot deny the fact that the United States is turning more strongly toward Eastern Asia and that “a tendency” can be discerned, wherein “a decreasing number of US politicians are interested in Germany.” Berlin hopes that the transatlantic free trade zone, claimed to possess the potential for consolidating the “basis of common interests,” can counteract this dwindling significance.
EXCERPT: On New Year’s Day, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called for a “radical” economic renewal for his country and an end to decades of conflict with South Korea. Now, a German media report says he is moving quickly to fulfill at least the first pledge.
According to an article to be published on Saturday by the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the communist regime in Pyongyang is preparing to open up the country’s economy to foreign investors. Moreover, it has enlisted the assistance of German economists and lawyers to lay the groundwork for the move. . . .
“Inside North Korea: No ads, no planes, no internet, no mobiles, no 21st Century... A rare dispatch from deep within the lunatic rogue state enslaved by Zombie and Sons” by John Sweeney; Daily Mail [UK]; 4/13/2013. 
EXCERPT: . . . Many people think of North Korea as Communist. One year ago Marx and Lenin still had pride of place in a big square in town. But on our trip, they’re gone.
If North Korea is not Stalinist, what is it? Former British ambassador to the country John Everard was blunt: ‘There are sad parallels between North Korea and Nazi Germany and although some people describe North Korea as a Stalinist state, it’s actually much more accurate to describe it as neo-Nazi. It is deeply racially biased.
‘Kim Jong Il [Kim The Second] was an unabashed admirer of Hitler and copied the Nuremberg marches that are staged in Pyongyang to this day.’ . . .
EXCERPT: President Park Geun-hye said, “North Korea is said to have the belief that it should keep its promise with Germany without fail,” effectively confirming that she considers North Korea-Germany ties as the target for benchmarking in her bid to pursue what she calls the “Korean Peninsula trust-building process.”
“When implementing a joint project with North Korea, Germany gave the North the impression that ‘the North should never break promise with Germany,’ which is believed to take corresponding measures if the North breaks promises both nations agreed to follow,” President Park was quoted as saying by government sources at the joint briefing by the Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Unification Ministry last Wednesday.
Likewise, trust is important. By implementing policy through consistency, we should prompt the North to think ‘it would pay the price’ if and when it does things wrong,” stressing, “We should make sure that North Korea keeps promises with the international community without fail.”
Kim Jang-soo, chief of the presidential National Security Office, said, “I understand that as North Korea is well aware that if it breaks even a single promise, its relationship with Germany will collapse. Hence Germany’s aid programs for North Korea have been seamlessly implemented based on trust.” . . . .