The Manchurian Candidate in London

Thursday, 4 April, 2013

“The escalating tension over North Korea, which has led to nuclear tests by the regime, is a product of a long term increase in sanctions and other measures against the North Korea, and a recent surge of US and South Korean military activity in the area.” So speaks Pyongyang, right? Wrong! That’s, actually, a London-based outfit called Stop the War Coalition and in its love for the “supreme leader”, Kim Jong-un, it continues: “We call on the US to stop stoking the tension, end its provocative military exercises, drop the sanctions and seek dialogue rather than confrontation in the region.”

Shortly after this was circulated, North Korea declared: ““We formally inform the White House and Pentagon that the ever-escalating US hostile policy toward the DPRK and its reckless nuclear threat will be smashed by the strong will of all the united service personnel and people. And cutting-edge smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear strike means of the DPRK and that the merciless operation of its revolutionary armed forces in this regard has been examined and ratified.” In light of this, it’s quite possible that the Stop the War Coalition is a Manchurian Candidate of sorts.

As the late Christopher Hitchens once said: “If the counsel of the peaceniks had been followed, Kuwait would today be the nineteenth province of Iraq. Bosnia would be a trampled and cleansed province of Greater Serbia, Kosovo would have been emptied of most of its inhabitants, and the Taliban would still be in power in Afghanistan. Yet nothing seems to disturb the contented air of moral superiority of those that intone the ‘peace movement’.”

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