This is coolbert:
Thanks to the tip from DEC at Jungle Trader we have the pronouncements of B.R. Myer on the current Korean situation.
B.R. Myer not a stranger to the blog, his observations at this exact moment even more relevant and pertinent.
"Translating North Korea's rhetorical rage"
"SEOUL, South Korea. For years, B.R. Myers has immersed himself in the paranoid nationalist propaganda of North Korea, the world's most secretive nation. Parsing TV news reports, cartoons, movies, posters, school textbooks and novels, Myers has cracked the code of the xenophobic histrionics emanating from Pyongyang."
"Where others see demented rants, cartoon dictators and a brainwashed nation of lemmings, the author of 'The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves - and Why it Matters,' deconstructs how North Korea has come to see itself as 'the better Korea,' an oasis of purity and civilization under constant threat from barbarians, starting with the 'Yankee colony' on its southern flank."
Korea as it has been in the past, the "Hermit Kingdom" and as it is today [at least the perspective as seen from Pyongyang?
Read the whole article, I recommend it highly without qualification.
AND please - - Kim Il-Sung an ethnic Korean but a Captain in the SOVIET RED ARMY WHO FOUGHT AT STALINGRAD AND NOT A BRAVE GUERRILLA FIGHTER LIVING IN THE MOUNTAINS OF KOREA DURING THE PACIFIC CONFLICT [WORLD WAR TWO]!!
[this as gleaned from the interrogation of captured North Korean soldiers from during the Korean war]