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Korea Stands Strong: Kim Jong-Il in Context

The following is from Fight Back! News, the official organ of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Marxist-Leninist) in the United States. 

The morning of Dec. 19 started like a normal Monday for the Korean staff at the Hae Dang Hwa restaurant in Beijing. The greeting staff welcomed hungry customers at the front door, the chefs began prepping their fine selection of kimchi and other Korean dishes and the waitresses and waiters began taking down orders for their guests. All of that changed when a China Daily reporter mentioned in a conversation with a waitress that Kim Jong-Il, the head of state for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), had died that morning of a heart attack. In minutes, the entire Korean staff – from the waiters to the chefs in the kitchen – broke down in tears and, after apologizing to the customers, closed the restaurant early for the day so they could grieve the national tragedy together.

Several thousand miles away in Pyongyang, mass sorrow like that experienced in this Beijing restaurant took the swept the capital as men, women and children – from the most esteemed party official to the steel worker – took to the streets to mourn Kim’s death. Read the rest of this entry

On the Juche Idea: Anti-Imperialist Self-Reliance, Independence & Socialism

Kim Jong-Il’s father Kim Il-Sung meeting with Chairman Mao Zedong, leader of Revolutionary China

Last night King Jong-Il passed away. He was leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. In this capacity Kim was the General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Chairman of the National Defence Commission, and the Supreme Commander of the Korean People’s Army.

The nominally left forces within the oppressor nations of the world hates Kim Jong-Il, as well as his father Kim Il-Sung, just like they hate the martyred leader of Libya, Muammar Gaddafi. In this they stand in objective unity with their own imperialisms. When these so-called ‘left’ forces attack the faults of the DPRK, or comrad Gaddafi, which are many, they don’t do so in an objective materialist fashion. Rather they employ idealist and subjective methodologies, attacking the DPRK for its perceived mistakes and miscues as outlined so often by the imperialist whitestream media. Sometimes they even go so far as to openly employ Orientalist and white supremacist, and increasingly in the case of Kim’s son Kim Jong-Un, albleist views.  

Further, no matter the faults of the Kims, the Workers Party of Korea or the DPRK, it can never be taken away from the Korean people that they have defended themselves valiantly from imperialism while having been besieged without pause for decades. Read the rest of this entry