More Spies, Lies and Secret Ties

More Spies, Lies and Secret Ties
Vol: 14 Issue: 24 Sunday, November 24, 2002

Using forces and equipment that General Pervez Musharraf assured President Bush would be devoted to the war on terror, Pakistan has been secretly trading equipment for making nuclear weapons for ballistic missile parts from North Korea.

In a perfect marriage of interests, Pakistan provided the North with many of the designs for gas centrifuges and much of the machinery it needs to make highly enriched uranium for the country’s latest nuclear weapons project, one intended to put at risk South Korea, Japan and 100,000 American troops in Northeast Asia.

The Central Intelligence Agency told members of Congress this week that North Korea’s uranium enrichment program, which North Korea admitted to this summer, will produce enough material to produce weapons in two to three years.

Previously it has estimated that North Korea probably extracted enough plutonium from a nuclear reactor to build one or two weapons, until that program was halted in 1994 in a confrontation with the United States.

Yet the C.I.A. report at least the unclassified version made no mention of how one of the world’s poorest and most isolated nations put together its new, complex uranium project.

In interviews over the past three weeks, officials and experts in Washington, Pakistan and South Korea described a relationship between North Korea and Pakistan that now appears much deeper and more dangerous than the United States and its Asian allies first admitted to.

The accounts raise disturbing questions about the nature of the uneasy American alliance with General Musharraf’s government.

The officials and experts described how, even after Gen. Musharraf sided with the United States in ousting the Taliban and hunting down Qaeda leaders, Pakistan’s secretive A. Q. Khan Nuclear Research Laboratories continued its murky relationship with the North Korean military.

It was a partnership linking an insecure Islamic nation and a failing Communist one, each in need of the other’s expertise.

Pakistan was desperate to counter India’s superior military force, but encountered years of American-imposed sanctions, so it turned to North Korea.

For its part, North Korea, increasingly cut off from Russia and China, tried to replicate Pakistan’s success in developing nuclear weapons based on uranium, one of the few commodities that North Korea has in plentiful supply.

Yet while the United States has put tremendous diplomatic pressure on North Korea in the past two months to abandon the project, and has cut off oil supplies to the country, it has never publicly discussed the role of Pakistan or other nations in supplying that effort.

American and South Korean officials, when speaking anonymously, say the reason is obvious: the Bush administration has determined that Pakistan’s cooperation in the search for Al Qaeda is so critical especially with new evidence suggesting that Osama bin Laden is still alive, perhaps on Pakistani soil.

Pakistan’s military ties to North Korea go back to the 1970’s. But they took a decisive turn in 1993, just as the United States was forcing the North to open up its huge nuclear reactor facilities at Yongbyon. Yongbyon was clearly a factory for producing bomb-grade plutonium from spent nuclear fuel.

When North Korea refused to allow in inspectors headed by Hans Blix, the man now leading the inspections in Iraq, President Bill Clinton went to the United Nations to press penalties and the Pentagon drew up contingency plans for a strike against the plant in case North Korea removed the fuel rods to begin making bomb-grade plutonium.

In 1998, the Clinton administration and North Korea reached a deal that froze all nuclear activity at Yongbyon, where international inspectors still live year-round.

In return, the United States and its allies promised North Korea a steady flow of fuel oil and the eventual delivery of two proliferation-resistant nuclear reactors to produce electric power.

Kim Jong Il never allowed the International Atomic Energy Agency to begin the wide-ranging inspections required before the critical parts of the plants could be delivered.

And so Pakistan joined Iran, Libya, Yemen, Syria the Palestinian Authority and Egypt as regular customers for North Korean missile parts.

But, while Pakistan couldn’t afford to pay North Korea in hard currency, Pakistan has something that Pyongyang wants much more — Pakistan has nuclear weapons.


Most of the above information was gleaned from the pages of the Arizona Star, who in turn got their information from the New York Times. This raises a major point that should not go unnoticed.

If the administration has been tracking the Pakistani-North Korean barter arrangement since 1998 (which seems certain, given Bush’s surprise inclusion of North Korea into the Axis of Evil) why hasn’t the White House put a stop to it earlier?

The short answer is the easiest one — it can’t. Not now. Bush is attempting to balance the most difficult foreign policy challenges ever faced by any American president.

We are fighting a global war against enemies in high places in governments with whom we are NOT at war. Some of those enemies — like al-Qaeda — are ideological and ruthless.

Others, like officials in friendly Western governments (notably Canada, France and Germany) are simply enemies of US foreign policy in all its forms, even when those policies are favorable to their own interests.

A case in point was the Canadian Defense Minister, John McCallum. Although he favors increasing Canada’s defense spending (which is the function of a defense minister, to keep the military supplied, especially with money) when the US requested Canada boost its spending to meet the challenges of the war on terror, he opposed it for no reason apart from the fact America asked him to.

As he put it, “I simply said this is a made-in-Canada decision. I’m on the record as wanting more defense spending, but I’m not asking for support from our American allies on this subject.”

Enemies of America like al-Qaeda use the sibling rivalries that exist between the US and the Western democracies as a shield behind which they are able to operate, thanks to the enthusiastic support of those idiots (like McCallum, among others) in other Western governments who are blinded to the danger facing Western civiization by their petty jealousy of the world’s most powerful government.

The administration is further hamstrung by dissention from within the country and opposition to a third World War for which the opening shots may have already been fired.

This administration — and even the Clinton administration — cannot move against the North Korea nuclear threat without taking action against Pakistan for supplying it. India will insist on that. Russia is an ally of the Indian nuclear program, China the father of the Pakistani Bomb.

There is a global ritual that precedes world war. First, there is denial of the threat until it is so overwhelmingly obvious that pretending it isn’t there doesn’t work any more.

Then begins the process of ‘negotiation’, which is in reality an effort at appeasement, since the threat existed before the negotiation process began. Then more denial on both sides, followed by threats. Finally comes acceptance — and then it becomes a waiting game while the world holds its breath and waits for the first domino to fall over.

We are well into the process, the ritual denials have given way to acceptance of the threat and we are holding our collective breath in anticipation of the inevitable.

The White House has promised that this will be a long war, and a difficult one. How long and how difficult remains to be seen, but the Bible does provide some insight into what war looks like in the last days.

Joel 2:30 describes it this way. “And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.” The Apostle John spoke of a “a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;” [Revelation 8:11]

(We know from the 39 Scuds that were fired against Israel from Iraq in Persian Gulf War I what an incoming missile looks like; from a distance, it looks like a flare, or even a falling star.)

We also know without doubt that if it DOES come to all-out global war, it will involve nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

Here’s how Zechariah describes the scene from his vantage point in history, 2500 years before the fact. (How would YOU describe a modern battlefield using the frames of reference common to 500 BC?)

“And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.” (Zechariah 14:12)

Who participates in this last war? Obviously, Israel. Also, “Edom , Moab, and the people of Ammon; all the kings of Tyre, all the kings of Sidon, and the kings of the coastlands which [are] across the sea; Dedan, Tema, Buz, and all [who] [are] in the farthest corners; all the kings of Arabia and all the kings of the mixed multitude who dwell in the desert; all the kings of Zimri, all the kings of Elam, and all the kings of the Medes; all the kings of the north, far and near, one with another; and all the kingdoms of the world which [are] on the face of the earth.” (Jeremiah 25:21-26)

Geographically, that encompasses pretty much the entire Middle East, together with the boundaries of the Medo Persian Empire, (which includes Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan).

But it also includes the ‘kings of the east’ (Revelation 16:12) in the roster in a final end-time war that, at its conclusion, will have killed three-quarters of the human race.

According to Scripture, the majority of those will be killed by the very weapons we now face on every side; nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

This seems an exceedingly gloomy report; there’s no cheery way to present it. But it isn’t all bad news. The simple fact that things are exactly as predicted means that the situation is still completely under control and functioning precisely according to God’s previously stated Plan for the last days and the final judgment of human government.

It will get much worse before it gets better, but we know Who wins in the end. The war described by Scripture is almost upon us, I believe. But it could be a long war, and the catastrophic events described by the Bible may yet be years away.

Or they could move forward right now — with the push of a button. From the perspective of Bible prophecy one event remains yet unfulfilled.

“For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”

“Wherefore, comfort one another with these words.” (1 Thessalonians 4:15-18)

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About Pete Garcia

Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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