The people of the DPRK effectively form the state, therefore any policy of the state is a policy from the people. Anything that comes out of the DPRK’s government can be reasonably extended as being an opinion shared by the people of the DPRK.
Anti-Amerikan imagery permeates Korean culture in the north. You can see many posters here that were released shortly after Kim Jong Il died. It’s not that long ago (and I could find more recent ones but this is a good collection).
The DPRK is right.
Let me remind you they are still technically at war with the south. A country fabricated by the USA to prevent a communist takeover, as Kim Il Sung had popular support.
Then the US inflicted one of the deadliest wars upon the communists. Upon a population that was woefully unmatched. And the US knew this going in. They knew they could indiscriminately bomb the north, because the communists had little to no aerial defence. The US Air Force purposely targetted civilian buildings, especially the agricultural industry, to force a famine upon the communist side.
And today people call it the “forgotten war”. Well, the Koreans didn’t forget it. They are still living it. Can you imagine the insult that is upon them to say that their invasion, their massacre, is not worth being remembered or mentioned? There are still people alive today in Korea that lived through that war.
But the Korean people endured and survived. Starting in the 60s and up until 1992, they were self-sufficient. They had to be, because they were denied the right to be recognised as a country in the UN until they opened up the economy during the arduous march. The government had to provide but couldn’t, so they tried to open up the country – they wanted to join the IMF and the World Bank. Both times the US vetoed their application.
Later in the 90s, the US destabilised the USSR which led to its illegal dissolution. Suddenly all trade relations between socialist countries collapsed and the socialist world was plunged into a crisis. This is where many horror stories about life in the DPRK started. A horrific period the USA purposely cultivated and exacerbated. People used to go to China to trade and bring back food because there just wasn’t any left in the DPRK. They needed petrol for their tractors and machines, but US sanctions did not allow them to get any. So they relied on manual and animal labour. The rabid dogs of the CIA used to operate on the border between China and the DPRK and would approach travellers, and offer them a bag of rice in exchange for a cow’s tail. Do you know why they wanted a cow’s tail? Because without a tail, a cow cannot balance itself. It cannot be used to plow the fields. The CIA purposely, wilfully, knowingly worsened the famine in the DPRK. They are guilty of a crime against humanity.
And the USA, thanks to its media influence, turned the story in their favour. Imagine yourself as a Korean living in the DPRK again. Not only is your history not worth mentioning, the enemy is also writing whatever they want about you. They are saying you cannot provide for your people, when in reality they are doing whatever they can to make sure you will not.
Then there are the defectors. More often than not, they are abducted and forced to live in the puppet state known as South Korea. They are monitored 24/7 by the national intelligence service (NIS). They are not allowed a passport, because they could go back to the DPRK with it. They are held hostage in enemy territory. Then they turn your people against you. They turn you into a defector. They urge you to say ludicrous things on TV if you want to get out of their cells. And because people don’t want to hear the same tame stories for the 15th time, they give you scripts that get more and more outrageous as time goes on.
And again their struggle is not worth mentioning. It’s not worth remembering. It’s lost to history, somewhere in the 50s, and nothing has happened since then. It’s old news, man, get something new.
Why are DPRK citizens attacked so much? Why are they singled out specifically? It’s not on racial grounds, because the US is very friendly towards the South. No, their guilt lies somewhere else. Koreans are guilty of wanting to take charge of their lives, and build their own country. And the US can’t have that.
So tell me again why the DPRK is not allowed to apply their laws to their countries, why the people of the DPRK are not allowed to make their policies in their government, and say: the USA is the enemy, they will die at our hands?
A community about anything related to Korea, such as news about the countries (DPRK and south), discussion, photos and videos, the language, etc.
See also: !firstname.lastname@example.org, which is intended for memes rather than serious discussion of these topics.
The picture of this Lemmy community is magnolia (목란), the national flower of the DPRK. The background picture is a scenery of Pyongyang.
No imperialist apologia. The DPRK didn’t start the war. US imperialist invasion was not justified. Neither are their army bases in south Korea. The sanctions were and are not justified.
Be respectful. The imperialist media likes to describe the DPRK people as completely brainwashed, and that it’d be fine to completely destroy that country in an invasion. Don’t act like the imperialist media.
Be skeptical of your sources. Don’t trust the media that has been known to report many falsehoods about Korea already. (You may still link to them if they write something interesting / worth reading, just be careful.)