It is better to make friends than do foes

By Min Chol

Since the end of the Second World War that plunged the whole globe into the ravages of war and massacre, the US has searched for "next foes" and it still directs much energy and time to the quest of "foes".

'Foes' the US found

Upon the conclusion of WWII the US saw the Soviet Union as the biggest enemy. After the latter's collapse it needed next foe.

The former US president George W. Bush declared a war on terror in the wake of the gargantuan terrorist attack in September 11 2001.

The US chose al-Qaida and Taliban as its worst enemies.

During the war, it extended its sphere of influence in Iraq and Afghanistan and pursued economic interests through oil and other natural resources in the region.

In the 21st century, it designated Russia as the most threatening state.

Today's Russia cannot be compared to the former Soviet Union in the days of the Cold War.

With the collapse of the Soviet Union, its constituent republics broke away, substantially lowering Russia’s geopolitical status.

By contrast, the GDP of the European Union is over ten times as much as Russia's and the EU spends much more money for military buildup than the latter.

But to the US, Russia is probably seen as a "foe" as it has achieved social stability and is working to regain its position as a world power.

The US' scrapping of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty might have been designed as a "whip to tame" the enemy.

The US views China as a potential "foe".

A US security policy think tank claimed that China hopes to defeat the US militarily.

Maybe the Americans unleashed the current trade war against China, prompted by the desire to make it their enemy and control it.

Friends needed, not foes

The US is faced with such knotty problems as human rights, nuclear proliferation, economic affairs, Iranian nuclear deal and terrorism. The best countermeasure against such challenges might be shrewd and prudent diplomacy, not the stoking of fear or blatant acts of hostility.

Russia and China are not alone in standing up to US high-handedness and arbitrariness.

Even the NATO and European nations refuse to keep pace with the US.

Turkey recently buckled down to the purchase of Russian weapons in defiance of US warnings.

France charged a high tax on American IT businesses operating in the country last July.

No matter how powerful the US may be, it would be distressed about the defence issue if it makes all other countries its "foes".

The US should abandon the pipedream of monopoly and domination and stop conducting all kinds of military exercises threatening other countries while squandering taxpayers' money.

It should also drop the policy of interference and discontinue the sanctions racket that triggers conflict and economic upheaval.

It had better restore relations with past friends and find new ones, rather than searching for new foes.

But it may take much time and labour for the US arms dealers and their faithful mouthpieces to understand this as they are too interested in finding out new "foes".

(Pyongyang Times - September 28, 2019)