Juche

On June 25, 1950, some 75,000 soldiers of the North Korean People’s Army invaded South Korea starting the Korean War. The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) invasion of the South extended all the way down to the outskirts of Busan, demonstrating how ill prepared and caught off-guard the South Koreans found themselves. Considering that, unlike in 1950, the DPRK today has an estimated 1.2 million men in its military, the threat of an invasion would seem even more likely now.

What if the United States was removed from the scene?

On July 27, 1953, the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed officially ending the Korean War. But was it really the end since no peace treaty was ever put into effect? Truman fired General Douglas MacArthur in order to avoid having the Korean Conflict metastasize into WWIII but all he really did was to “kick the can” down the road to our time and now it’s President Trump’s problem. So now instead of facing WWIII we are facing the possibility of a nuclear conflagration. I wonder how that would affect climate change?

Even so, I’m guessing that you may not believe we are still at war in Korea so I’ve provided just three skirmishes which occurred since 1953 that say otherwise:

  • USS Pueblo Incident in 1968
  • Joint Security Area (JSA) Axe Murders in 1978
  • Otto Warmbier’s Death in 2017

All of these actions were taken against the United States without the DPRK suffering any serious retaliation or consequences.

I’ve heard many of the analysts and experts in Asian affairs give their opinions on the motives and/or mental state of Kim Jong Un. Some say he is unstable and unpredictable. Some say he is unhinged or just plain crazy. I say he is cool and calculating and doing exactly what he believes he should be doing given his country is technically at war with the U.S. and its perceived South Korean puppet state.

When news commentators or announcers reference the government of North Korea, they usually use the terms “Totalitarian,” “Stalinist” or “Communistic” which may seem accurate from the outside but I don’t think they, the North Koreans, necessarily view themselves in any of these terms. Instead, the DPRK’s official identity or ideology is “Juche” first proposed by Kim Il Sung.

It’s probably hard for non-Asians to wrap their heads around the concept of Juche since I believe it has strong tie-ins to ancestor worship—but with a Marxist twist. Instead of reverence for deceased family members, Juche ideology removes the spiritual aspect and instead advocates for reverence or worship of a living relative, i.e., a great leader. This leader is derived from a line of great leaders who considered themselves caretakers of their extended family, namely, the North Korean people. The great leader isn’t looked on as a dictator but a paternalistic head of the family. Kind of sounds like the Godfather, doesn’t it?

Another concept of Juche is self-reliance. For the North Korean, the only way to achieve self-reliance is through subordination to the great leader, and the current Great Leader is Kim Jong Un. Since Juche calls for worship of the Great Leader, it’s by definition the state religion. Take all this then throw in a heavy dose of socialism, ultra-nationalism, and hyper-militarism and you will have a better picture of what the DPRK looks like.

The North Korean people are bombarded daily with this humanistic Juche ideology, “The individual is the master of his destiny,” but only if the individual stays on the right path.

So, you have to ask yourself, how do you negotiate with this kind of government?

I believe there are only two ways to deal with the North Korean threat, the first is…well you know what that is. The second is for the United States to recognize the legitimacy of the North Korean state by signing a peace treaty and establishing diplomatic relations. But in order to assure the North Koreans that we respect their sovereignty, the U.S. would eventually arrive at an agreement to pull out all its military forces from the region, basically, abandoning the South Koreans to their North Korean neighbors. Don’t sound so shocked, this is exactly what we did in Vietnam.

As it stands, the status quo won’t last forever, at least not until Kim Jong Un has perfected his ballistic missile capabilities.

©2013-2024 Gerard Sczepura. All rights reserved.

Best of Times, Worst of Times in America

These are the best of times in American because for the first time in a long time we have a real American as president. Let me be clear, just because a person is a U.S. citizen that doesn’t necessarily make him or her an American regardless of where he or she was or was not born.

These are also the worst of times in America because the country in is the throes of a very real and widespread insurgency that hasn’t been seen since the riotous ‘60s.

I’ve already written about this phenomenon in a blog post entitled In the Crosshairs: “Yesterday Once More” where I’ve made comparisons between the political climate of the 1960s and today…but today things are much worse.

Many cartoon characters in the lamestream media and in the U.S. government are trying to convince us that Russian President Vladimir Putin meddled in our recent election by hacking the DNC’s emails. Okay, let’s assume he (they) did, then how do you explain why emails were released that demonstrated the system being rigged in Hillary’s favor—something everyone believed was happening anyway—would somehow sway the election? Could it be that the Democrats had a lousy candidate who ran a lousy campaign? Maybe they should talk to McCain or Romney for solace. By the way, when I say “everyone” believed I mean everyone, Hillary supporters included.

Secondly, if Putin and Russia are truly our enemies as all the Dumbocrats and many Republicans have claimed, then why would they allege that Russia interfered to sway the election for Donald Trump who is intensely pro-American? In other words, what was in it for them [Russians]?

Thirdly, if Putin truly possessed divine powers that the Dems and the lamestream media infer that he possesses because he somehow enabled Donald Trump to win the election, then I’m sure he also has the power to cover his tracks.

Senator McCain and Former Vice President Dick Cheney went so far as to call Russia’s alleged tampering in our election as an “act of war.” If it truly was an “act of war,” then why hasn’t the good senator tried to get a declaration of war against Russia from the Congress? I guess the meddling might have been serious, but it wasn’t that serious.

And then we have Senator Rand Paul saying that President Trump violated the Constitution when he authorized the missile attack on the Syrian airfield by not first getting congressional authorization. Is he kidding? Really? It would have been easier to get approval from the UN than from Congress, especially now with the insurgency raging. Maybe Senator Paul needs to wake up to the fact that the U.S. is already at war whether he chooses to acknowledge it or not. Our relentless enemy has declared a holy war on us and that enemy is the Islamic Jihad. I think that we, those of us living in the West, need to stop using the ambiguous and politically correct term “terrorists” when referring to Jihadis. I suppose we don’t like to use the term Jihadis because after all, it has religious overtones and we can’t have any of that.

I’m sure by now everyone knows where North Korea is on the map. Lest we forget, the U.S. and North Korea are technically still at war since no peace treaty has ever been signed. The S. Koreans can wave the peace sign all they want but it doesn’t change the reality—reunification is only wishful thinking. The Korean War ended in an armistice as did World War I and we all know how well that worked out. Maybe in the future we should let generals conduct wars instead of politicians and bureaucrats.

So, what brought us to this best of times, worst of times period in our history? Well, I believe the groundwork was laid on January 20, 2009 when the 44th President of the United States was inaugurated. The populace, not unlike frogs, unwittingly put themselves in a pot of water over a flame while the BHO administration slowly raised the temperature to a boil. Like frogs, the populace adapted to their situation until it was almost too late.

Things reached the boiling point on August 10, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri where the War on Police began. Like the insurgents in Iraq, the insurgents in America target symbols of civil authority, primarily the police and local officials. But it doesn’t stop there…

Another soft-target for the insurgents are college and university campuses. Safe-spaces on campuses are nothing more than mini-Sanctuary Cities for anarchists in training. Any conservative found trespassing on a campus safe-space is akin to an enemy soldier strolling into a war zone—you enter at your own peril.

Did any of these unconstitutional and anarchistic activities solicit a response from the 44th president or from then Attorney General Loretta Lynch? None that I can remember. Meanwhile, many of the frogs (i.e., the populace) broke ranks and on November 8, 2016 did the unthinkable.

After the inauguration the insurgents took to the streets to do what insurgents do best, and that is to incite riots and to participate in violent protests, It interesting to note that former AG Lynch and BHO went so far as to not only condone but to encourage violent anti-Trump protests. Collusion?

Lately, the lamestream media, Palm Beach locals, and certain Republicans have taken to criticizing President Trump’s frequent visits to his resort at Mar-a-Lago for wasting the taxpayers’ money on security and travel. I really feel relieved that my tax money is being so carefully looked after. I don’t remember hearing any outcries when BHO took trips to Hawaii on the taxpayers’ dime. Which flight do you think burns more fuel, D.C. to Hawaii or D.C. to Florida? Let me guess… As a taxpayer, I’m more concerned about my taxes being spent on the UN, NATO, foreign aid, climate regulations, illegal immigrant entitlements, Washington bureaucrats, and so on and so forth.

Since the election, the Democrats are now in the position of being the Opposition Party while the Republicans accuse them of being the Obstructionist Party. I for one, think a new name is called for that better reflects the Democrats’ ideology and tactics; I would rename the [Democratic] Party the Insurgent Liberation Party (ILP). Has a ring to it, don’t you think?

I always get a kick out of hearing the whiners complain about everything President Trump does or says as being “reckless and irresponsible.” The world is “going to hell in a handbasket” but our alt-left lamestream media prefers attacking the president in order to marginalize him personally and to delegitimize his office.

Nevertheless, let me close as “fair and balanced” by saying that I would have preferred Hillary won in 2008 instead of BHO. But, as is always the case, history tends to prove hindsight is 20/20.

The title and some literary devices used in this posting were inspired by “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens.

©2013-2024 Gerard Sczepura. All rights reserved.