The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has sent a letter south to Pyongyang. In it, they call for a cessation of hostilities, lest the two nations destroy each other in an nuclear war.
The open letter to the South added that “the peninsula has always been prevailed with the touch-and-go situation that even a slightest conflict may lead to an all-out war. If an all-out war, a nuclear war, breaks out on the peninsula, no Korean can escape from the nuclear disaster.”
Hey, Kim, you want to end the conflict? Demobilize a portion of your army (the DPRK does not need the 5th largest army on the planet), open your nation to the outside world, implement a market system for your economy which will allow your people to actually improve their standard of living, and stop rattling the sabers every time it looks like you need to purge someone. In fact, stop purging everyone and stop putting ninth-cousins in prison for the crimes of a person they don’t know and have never met.
When you don’t respect the rights of your people, why should any of your neighbors expect you to respect their rights?
If North Korea truly wants peace, maybe they should stop doing stuff like this.
A South Korean news agency reported Friday that the North has threatened a “merciless” attack without notice in response to anti-North rallies this week — and that it sent the warning by fax.
The military apparently condemned rallies by several conservative groups and North Korean defectors that took place in the South on Tuesday, saying they insulted North Korea’s “highest dignity,” referring to Kim.
The rallies were held on the second anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il, the younger Kim’s father, who was known as the Dear Leader and ruled the North from 1994 until his death in 2011. At the demonstrations, to protest authoritarian rule and North Korean human rights abuses, some people burned photos of the younger Kim.
I do have to give Kim Il-Sung credit on one thing, he might just be the first man to successfully create a self-perpetuating cult of personality which maintains the civilization’s stability beyond their death. Granted, he did this via Self-Apotheosis, but it is still an impressive move. Kudos to you, oh Eternal Dictator of the Oppressed People of Korea.
H/T: R. S. McCain