Thursday, July 29, 2004

The North Korean Maquis

During World War II, the French resistance (or Maquis) included Satre and friends, who put aside ideological differences to fight the common enemy of state. Of course, at the time, information about the resistance was hard to come by, and the resisters could only communicate with outside interests covertly. We're their methods judged to be correct? Of course: because they eventually won. (Note to the Americans: you might want to try some harsher methods in Iraq, since the victors methods are always correct, although, this war seems to be ahistorical in that sense since even in victory there is the perception of loss...thus far)...

Back on topic...

Kick over the wall 'cause government's to fall
How can you refuse it?
Let fury have the hour, anger can be power
D'you know that you can use it?
---The Clash, The Clampdown

Colby Cosh unearths something from Nihon land, where a North Korean Defector (just the fact you never hear that phrase tells you something about their methods) has provided a little bit of insight:

Anti-Government Groups Active in N. Korea: Defector

Japan's Sankei Shimbun reported Monday that several anti-establishment organizations opposed to the Kim Jong-il regime are active in North Korea. The paper quoted Kim Deok-hong, who defected together with former Korean Workers Party secretary Hwang Jang-yop. In his interview with the Sankei, Kim said he was in contact with an organization engaged in anti-government activities in the North.

Kim said, "The organization concluded that the Ryongchon Station Explosion in April was the work of the Kim Jeong-il regime itself... There are about 210 counties in North Korea, and the group has gotten word that leaflets revealing in detail how the Ryongchon explosion took place were distributed from most of these counties.

Kim said, "The event was staged so Kim could claim there were forces out to kill him and launch a purge.' He claimed, "There were defective missiles on board those trains that were to be exported to Syria, and the explosion gave Kim the chance to get rid of them, too."

Okay, first off...120 groups? that's crazy. Secondly, this is insane that all that he would fake his own Lusitania type event. But then, when his country starves he doesn't show up for his 450 Mill one-day birthday party.

There is some silver lining in here, though. Raise a fist and resist

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