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No Other Country But DPRK Deals Blow to U.S., Says U.S. Public Figure

Iraqi Resistance Solidarity Network March 7th editorial Makes the News in Socialist Korea
The GUN is the Primary Mode in Anti-Imperialist Class Struggle!!!
The GUN is the Primary Mode in Anti-Imperialist Class Struggle!!!
No Other Country But DPRK Deals Blow to U.S., Says U.S. Public Figure
Pyongyang, March 24 (KCNA) -- John Paul Cupp, chairman of the U.S.
Group for the Study of Songun Politics, in an article headlined "Developing
countries have the right to possess weapons of mass destruction" dedicated
to Internet homepage on March 10 said that no other country but the DPRK
deals a heroic and principled blow to the U.S. He went on:
The developing countries have the right to possess weapons of mass
destruction. If Iraq had had weapons of mass destruction as a deterrent, it
would not have been as it is.
Thanks to the Juche philosophy reflecting the real nature of human being
most correctly the DPRK is demonstrating its might as a country which
strikes terror into the hearts of modern plunderers despite the bisected
nation.
We should look with a sense of gratitude at the army and people of
heroic Korea who control Bush and Rumsfeld with arms. We should not slander
the DPRK but defend its principled stand regarding the nuclear issue.
We should not sling mud at the clearly defensive stand of the DPRK but
demand that the U.S. sign a DPRK-U.S. nonaggression treaty, pull its troops
out of south Korea and withdraw its sanctions from the DPRK.


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Support DPRK WMDs! 25.Mar.2004 17:46

Happily Licking The Boots Of Dear Leader!

Yo, JC!

When Dear Leader uses his glorious Weapons of Mass Destruction against the evil imperalists in Portland, is he going to give you advance warning, or are you going to die along with the rest of us?

Ooops, My Mistake 25.Mar.2004 20:43

JP

I misread the article, I see know that it says the "DPRK blows."

Sorry

No Other Country But DPRK Sends Children To Concentration Camps 26.Mar.2004 05:55

Public Figure's Conscience

No other country but the DPRK deals a horrible blow to human rights.
Is that what we should look at with a sense of gratitude?
Are you proud to support this, John Paul Cupp?

Read this National Review article to know more.
 http://www.nationalreview.com/comment/triplett200403170831.asp

While the Kim family and its supporters live like royalty, the bulk of the North Korean population lives like serfs. Survival depends on your rank and circumstances. North Korea has the most rigid class system in the world.

We see this most clearly in public health. At the top is Ward 2 of the Ponghwa Clinic in Pyongyang, which has modern facilities and serves the Kim family and their immediate relatives. The clinic has a "special section" and a "general section." Full politburo members and their families use the first and candidate members the latter. The next level down is the Namsan Clinic, which takes vice minister level patients and foreign diplomats. There are two more levels of modern hospitals for the civilian elite. The military has its own set of graduated hospitals and clinics. From there, the bottom falls out. The healthcare needs of the vast bulk of the population are covered by makeshift clinics at factories and rural areas. In most cases, this means a building or a room labeled "clinic" with no modern medicine.

The best witness is German pediatrician Norbert Vollertsen who spent eighteen months treating children in North Korea. After volunteering his own skin as a graft for a severely burned patient, Vollersten received a medal from the North Korean government and a "VIP passport" to travel around the country. This was a big mistake by the North Koreans because it gave him the opportunity to see what is normally hidden from outsiders.

Vollersten writes of what he found in most hospitals, "In each one, I found unbelievable deprivation. Crude rubber drips were hooked to patients from old beer bottles. There were no bandages, scalpels, antibiotics, or operation facilities, only broken beds on which children lay waiting to die. The children were emaciated, stunted, mute, and emotionally depleted." Vollersten compared this to what he found in military hospitals, "Unlike any other hospital I visited, this one looked as modern as any in Germany. It was equipped with the latest medical apparatus, such as magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, electrocardiograms, and X-ray machines."

The doctor's conclusion? "There are two worlds in North Korea, one for the senior military and the elite; and a living hell for the rest." What applies in the case of public health is true for all aspects of life in North Korea. On one side, there are strict restrictions on ordinary people whether it is food, clothing, housing, or transportation. On the other, as Vollertsen describes it, "The system's beneficiaries are members of the Communist Party and high-ranking military personnel. In Pyongyang, these people enjoy a comfortable lifestyle obscene in the context with fancy restaurants and nightclubs."

GOVERNING BY GULAG
What sustains this system is the terror. "Gulag" is a Russian acronym standing for the Soviet organization that ran the vast system of political prisons and forced labor camps that existed during the Soviet era, later exposed by Alexander Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago. We now know that all Communist regimes have such systems. The Soviets were the first to institute forced labor camps for political prisoners, followed by the Chinese. In current times, the communist Chinese gulag has been exposed by Harry Wu, a survivor of nineteen years in the Chinese camps, in his book Laogai: The Chinese Gulag.

North Korea also has such a gulag system. North Korea built on the Chinese model and added a new depravity child political prisoners. Neither the Soviets nor the Chinese sent children to the concentration camps but the Dear Leader sends the entire family. One of the best accounts of the North Korean gulag is written by someone who was sent to the camps at the age of nine, because his grandfather had offended the system. His sister was only seven; she was also sent to prison. In North Korea, the children of political prisoners are called "seedlings." Official propaganda proscribes the proper treatment of these children, "desiccate the seedlings of counterrevolution, pull them out by their roots, and exterminate every last one of them."

The camps are designed to exploit the prisoners' labor until they die. Prisoners are given difficult and dangerous labor such as mining under unsafe conditions. Children are assigned heavy work as well, such as logging. Even before the famine of the mid-1990s, prisoners, including children, were on rations that would not sustain life in the long run, much less allow for any sort of normal growth. Since the political prisoners are never released, there is no danger of them divulging military secrets; they are assigned to work on missiles and other special weapons. One camp, Camp #14, is notorious for its use of prisoners "as guinea pigs for developing chemical warfare technology," according to information obtained by the Seoul Network for North Korean Democracy and Human Rights.

Since the North Korean secret police send entire families to the labor camps, they have a higher proportion of women imprisoned than even Stalin's gulag or the Chinese concentration camp system today. According to information obtained by a South Korean human rights group, it's bad luck to be an even moderately attractive young woman in the camps. High Communist Party officials troll the camps looking for victims to be used as sex slaves. If the women become pregnant, they are forced to have an abortion without anesthesia. When their usefulness is over, the women are murdered. Their deaths are covered up as "shot while trying to escape." In much the same way, the Nazi "Death Doctor," Josef Mengele, used to comb the arriving trains for an attractive evening companion, only to have her shot the next day.

The prisoners of the North Korean gulags are filthy and disease-ridden. Beatings, torture, and executions are common. There is nothing to check guards from exercising brutality. Perhaps a third of the prisoners survive, for a while, as informers. In the end, death comes to nearly all of them, sooner rather than later.

The Dear Leader's concentration camps are very efficient both for removing any real threat to the regime and in reinforcing the system of state terror. By some estimates, the North Korean gulag currently holds 200,000 men, women, and children. An estimated 400,000 people have perished in the camps over the past several decades. Rumors of the camps-of-no-return circulate in the general population and fear of denunciation prevents an organized opposition from forming.

ARMY FIRST
In the 1990s, events began to turn against the Dear Leader's hold on power. The Soviet Bloc countries turned to democracy and free enterprise economics. That meant a sudden halt to the subsidized imports, which had propped up the North Korean economy from its inception. Since the communist Chinese no longer had to compete with Moscow, they too reduced their handouts. Years of agricultural mismanagement were also catching up with Pyongyang. Kim Jung Il's legitimacy to rule was also in question, his father, the Great Leader, having died in the summer of 1994. Kim Jung Il was forced to execute a number of people, some for disloyalty and others, such as the agriculture minister, as scapegoats for the food crisis. 45 A number of high-level defectors escaped to Seoul with tales to tell about Kim's troubles.

There was a lot of speculation in Washington, Tokyo, and Seoul (and probably in Beijing as well) about the possible collapse of Kim's regime. But cleverly, the Dear Leader found a savior in the military. Communist Chinese leader Mao Zedong is famous for saying "Power comes out of the barrel of a gun," but he also said, "The [Communist] Party controls the gun." Kim has invented a new ideology called "Army-first," which declares that "the [North Korean] regime comes from the barrel of a gun and is maintained by the barrel of a gun" and "the gun barrel should be placed over the hammer and sickle."

North Korea has always been a heavily militarized society. It is one of the policies that drove so many refugees to flee to the South even before the Korean War. During the 1980s, North Korea almost doubled the size of its military establishment. By the end of the 1980s, Pyongyang's defense spending was far beyond the country's ability.

"Army-first" first emerged as a slogan in 1997. Under this policy, the Dear Leader instructed the people of North Korea "to concentrate greater efforts on military activities and strengthen national defense capabilities in every way no matter how difficult the economic situation and no matter how great the financial burden." According to the official newspaper of North Korea, the Army-first strategy "calls for giving priority to military issues over everything."

This announcement came in the middle of the worst part of the North Korean famine (1995-1998). John Tkacik Jr., a Heritage Foundation research fellow, notes, "The very legitimacy of 'Dear Leader' Kim Jong Il's regime rests on the so called 'Songun' or 'Army First' policy that Kim personally articulated....This terrifying ideology has made serfs of North Korea's civilian population. They are subservient to a war machine a move transparently designed by their 'Dear Leader' to ensure loyalty and the support of the military."

At the top of the North Korean power pyramid is the military and the National Defense Commission of which the Dear Leader is the chairman. Next are the secret police and the Worker's Party officials, which include the higher government leaders, amounting to perhaps 1 percent of the population. Together they constitute a gang of ruthless criminals bound together by a common interest in maintaining their privileges over the rest of the population.

maybe we should consider our lives as well... 05.Apr.2004 08:34

ju

of course there is no excuse for the concentration camps and other bad things that happen in north korea but maybe we should look first on our lives, on our politics (i don't even talk about the several wars your country was leading just because of money without any respect of human beings...)...especially if you are an us citizen...what about the prisoners in the guantamo prison..you think they are treated well...what about all those people that die or starve because of us because we live that good life here...what about the children that work 20 hours per day to make your nike sneakers...what about the farmers in latin america that earn almost nothing and die because of all the poison that is used to have such good fruits...and so on and so on...do you really think that our system is so much better..but maybe its easier to critisize a country which is far away and where the people might think different...
but who think is more crazier..bush or kim il sung??? i mean thats an easy question...who just throws bombs on other countries, not even because of defence...why does bush want to buy more nuclear weapons, and is he so good, that he is allowed to do that...are those nuclear weapon tests from the us okay as its one of the "good" western countries...
and so on....

maybe you should first read more information about North Korea 06.Apr.2004 02:13

to: ju

As reply to information about horrible human rights violations in North Korea, your only answer is "yes but there are bad things in other countries". Yes there are bad things elsewhere and they are criticized.

Only people with no knowledge about North Korea could compare Guantanamo with DPRK prison camps. Guantanamo and all bad things done by the US are observed, reprted and criticized by international media and human rights organisations.

DPRK prison camps are 100 % closed to the outside world, people are tortured, humiliated, executed, just as the prison guards desire. Only very few people survived this hell and told their stories. You find a good summary at  http://www.hrnk.org/hiddengulag/toc.html.

If independant human rights organisations would have access to the DPRK prison camps and only then could a basic humanitarian treatment of prisoners be ensured and you could try to compare Yodok and Haengyong with Guantanamo.

free life 13.May.2004 16:13

ju

actually i have quite some knowledge about dprk and maybe i can say that i know more people from there as you do and maybe thats why i try to say that you dont know more about whats going on in guantanamo prison than in north korea...and what the hell does it bring if its controlled, when the torture is going on, and when human rights organisations have no power to change it. for 2 and a hlf year now, everybody knows whats going on in guantanamo prison and nothing has change at all and i am sure that we dont know all about it..the torture is done by the Us...who is your so very much important controller...the Us...and the prison camps in dprk are critizised as well...and of course especially at the moment those really bad bad things that happenend in the prisons in iraq...very well controlled by the us army...i dont want countries to be blamed for things, that are done the same by those controlling "good" countries, but even more ashaming by people that had the chance to learn about the genfer convention, about what is right, that everybody can and should have a free life, with free thoughts and opinions and the respect of human rights...those people that commit those things in dprk they didn`t had that chance to learn what is a free political thinking (which should be no excuse for treating people a way you would never treat yourself), but those people of the western countries that went to the iraq and those in the guantanamo prison they should know, they grew up in a very prude and moralistic country...
i would really wish freedom to the people in dprk, and i hope that then they will really try to make a better life when they can live their freedom, as we should do...of course i want every cruelity mistreatment because of different political opinions, race, sex and so on to be stopped but its wrong to blame other countries and make a bad propaganda against them and tell all the world this is an evil country, when we dont know much about it, its different its evil, when we are commtting the same things...