Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty

Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty

Bradley K. Martin

Language: English

Pages: 896

ISBN: 0312323220

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader offers in-depth portraits of North Korea's two ruthless and bizarrely Orwellian leaders, Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il. Lifting North Korea's curtain of self-imposed isolation, this book will take readers inside a society, that to a Westerner, will appear to be from another planet. Subsisting on a diet short on food grains and long on lies, North Koreans have been indoctrinated from birth to follow unquestioningly a father-son team of megalomaniacs.

To North Koreans, the Kims are more than just leaders. Kim Il-Sung is the country's leading novelist, philosopher, historian, educator, designer, literary critic, architect, general, farmer, and ping-pong trainer. Radios are made so they can only be tuned to the official state frequency. "Newspapers" are filled with endless columns of Kim speeches and propaganda. And instead of Christmas, North Koreans celebrate Kim's birthday--and he presents each child a present, just like Santa.

The regime that the Kim Dynasty has built remains technically at war with the United States nearly a half century after the armistice that halted actual fighting in the Korean War. This fascinating and complete history takes full advantage of a great deal of source material that has only recently become available (some from archives in Moscow and Beijing), and brings the reader up to the tensions of the current day. For as this book will explain, North Korea appears more and more to be the greatest threat among the Axis of Evil countries--with some defector testimony warning that Kim Jong-Il has enough chemical weapons to wipe out the entire population of South Korea.

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the feeling that the richer people were, the more cold-hearted they were, the more devoid of virtue.” Wealth, he lamented, is “a trap which swallows and destroys virtue.” But after taking power Kim Il-sung had changed. He was no longer the outraged young revolutionary who had vowed to “wipe out the old society of immorality and corruption” and replace it with a beautiful society permitting “no gulf between the poor and the rich.49 A Chinese Red Guard publication that attacked him as a fat

considered an illness, since everybody has them. Even though I had to steal food, I didn’t question the ideology. The education system makes you think of politics and real life as two separate matters. So I thought that, even though life was hard, our ideology was sound. I was in Chongjin Medical School studying traditional herbal medicine. I had studied almost four years when, in July of 1992, my brother was caught and sent to prison. The family whose grain was stolen asked me to replace the

had nothing to sell, and from July 1996 we were reduced to buying ony one spoon of rice a day, from having eaten a little better before that. We were starting to sell our blankets, blanket covers, anything we could. Some people sell everything. A family finally sells its house and becomes homeless. They go to try to find food any way they can. When it comes to the point when they can’t get food, they die.” Q. Sell their homes? A. “You do it illegally, secretly. And women sell their bodies. If

system in the economic management … and utilize such economic levers as prime costs, prices and profits.” Article 37 added that the state should encourage “joint venture enterprises with corporations or individuals of foreign countries within a special economic zone.”5 The following year the country enacted an elaborate External Economic Arbitration Law. For a time after that, change once more slowed. Pyongyang-watchers warned that signs of relaxation in the North must be read carefully.

Mao asked him whether he would like China to send troops to the Sino-Korean border if the Americans did become involved.” Kim replied that he could win the war within a month, before the United States could intervene, and thus he “rejected the need for sending Chinese troops to the border and appeared confident that the Soviet assistance in hand or in the pipeline was all that would be needed.” Also see Son Key-young, “Kim Il-sung .Masterminded Korean War,” Korea Times, July 21, 1994, and Yonhap

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