Imagine that! A photo of North Koreans where they aren’t goose-stepping, synchronized swimming, or weeping in chorus over a dead leader!? We should beware though: this smiling group watching a marathon could be shills for the Kim Jong-un regime employing an original form of propaganda: trying to appear human by moving out of lockstep.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) calls North Koreans “some of the world’s most brutalized people.” Amnesty International (AI) & the UN have a whole dossier of human rights crimes against the regime including extermination, disappearance, & imprisonment of dissenters, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions & other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial & gender grounds, forcible mass relocations, & forced starvation. Apparently it’s in competition with the US Pentagon.
But one wonders how they know so much when they also claim it’s one of the most secretive societies in the world? They claim their information comes from satellite images. One wishes they were as assiduous in reconnaisance over US war zones & would make at least a peep of objection if they cannot bring themselves to denounce US-NATO wars.
HRW, AI, & even the UN have objected to Guantanamo; they even periodically address the massive incarceration rates in the US, particularly of Black & Latino youth for drug use or minor offenses. When the US has the highest documented incarceration rates in the world, they’re compelled to say something about it–or completely lose their credibility.
There’s no question North Korea is a tyranny that persecutes dissenters. There’s no question it needs a systemic change. But US nuclear saber-rattling is not the way that’s done. The US military build-up involving South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Australia is not just eye-balling China but includes North Korea. Getting rid of an authoritarian regime that calls itself socialist but follows the protocols of feudal monarchy & replacing it with a democratic society is the mission of North Koreans, not the US Pentagon.
Hands off North Korea!
(Photo of Pyongyang, North Korea by David Guttenfelder/AP)