North Korea: Saber Rattling and Hunger Games

Rocket man Lil Kim is rattling his saber at Joe Biden for calling out North Korea and Iran as threats to world security. The American citizens still capable of rational thought said collectively, “No, duh.” Kim Jung Un was offended. Meanwhile, the real life version of The Hunger Games continued in North Korea.

In his Joint Address to both Houses of Congress, Joe Biden said:

During Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, he said that the nuclear programs in North Korea and Iran “present a serious threat to America’s security and world security.”

The president added that he would work with allies to address these threats through “diplomacy and stern deterrence.”

A top North Korean official, however, has denounced Biden’s words as a “big blunder.”

Presidents have been blundering regarding North Korea for 70 years. Even President Donald Trump blundered. He tried to sell a vision of North Korea as a participatory partner in the Global economy. I was enticed. I wondered why it didn’t work. I mean, other than I thought Kim Jung Un was an evil fruit loop. But, a logical, rational person would have looked at Donald Trump’s video of what North Korea could be and said, “I am in.” I didn’t get it.

Then, I started doing research for this post and found a video comparing North Korea, or the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea (DPRK)to “The Hunger Games”. In the Hunger Games, impoverished, starving people live in Districts. In the book, two teens are chosen to go fight to the death. On the train to the Capitol, they are shown a life of food and decadence they have never seen. That’s a very truncated version of the plot, but you get the drift. In the video, defector Yeonmi Park describe life in the DPRK. Here is her video:

When Lil Kim’s grandsire came to power as the Eternal King, he divided the country into districts. To end Capitalism, those associated with Capitalism were driven from Pyongyang to the different districts. Also driven from the Pyongyang, were those who were infirm, handicapped, or just undesirable. Pyongyang was to be the shining Capitol of Perfection with the best of everything. The Capitol has infrastructure and grandpup Lil Kim has a goal of building 10,000 apartments a year. Not that those in Pyongyang live life in greased grooves.

The chosen people in Pyongyang still have to rely on the government for everything. They have enough to eat, but their every move is watched and monitored.

Meanwhile, in the Districts of the DPRK, starvation and deprivation are the only knowns in life. In 2020, Action Against Hunger withdrew from North Korea. Twenty-two years of fighting to get food to those who needed it and they gave up.

The people are taught “Juche”. Juche, very roughly, translates to self-reliance or self-denial. Eating only two meals a day is good for your discipline, even when you don’t have enough nutritional food for one meal.

You know how “infrastructure” is a popular word these days. Well, the people in Pyongyang have infrastructure and the people in the Districts don’t have infrastructure. The people cannot travel freely in their country and they have no infrastructure to travel on.

Yeonmi Park reiterates her hope for revolution in North Korea and her recognition that starving people with no roads have no means of revolution. I heard that to mean we in the United States need to buy more guns and ammunition, or learn to make our own.

Yes, I read and heard all of this with the Democrat Party’s vision of America in my mind. All rational and sentient beings will read this as a warning to arm herself. And, grown your own food sources. From the Daily Beast:

Ultimately, the point was to build an impregnable wall in the minds of the North Korean people.

Today, the division remains, and it is not only made of razor-wire barriers at the DMZ or the imaginary concrete structure conjured by Kim Il Sung. It is a wall built of hunger.

Kim Jong Un, the grandson of Kim Il Sung, understands all this perfectly well, which is one reason he may be impervious to the promises of U.S. President Donald Trump, who talks about the development potential of North Korea as if he were selling timeshares in Florida real estate.

People tend to think less about getting rich, and less still about the abstractions of democracy and political freedom, when they are struggling to find something to eat.

This is why Kim Jong Un/Rocket Man probably enjoyed watching the video naively presented by Donald Trump. He also knows that he needs the United States as an enemy he can rattle his saber at occasionally. The starving people need to know the country has an enemy that is causing their problems, not their government.

That sounds so familiar. Kind of like something George Orwell wrote:

“The past was alterable. The past never had been altered. Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia.”

I wish our fellow Americans were literate. I wish they read The Hunger Games and anything by George Orwell or Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Our fellow Americans are too busy screaming Black Lives Matter and All Cops Are B*stards to read and know they are being led down the Pyongyang path.

It could never happen here in the United States, could it?

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