Friday, May 8, 2009

North Korean Propoganda

Below is an article and the link for it that I found on a website that shares propoganda coming out of North Korea. I found on Wikipedia that the North Korean news is pretty tightly controlled and restricted. To me it seems pretty obvious that this piece is simply propoganda and only focuses on the positive or exaggerates the truth. It makes me wonder though what other kinds of propoganda I buy into in my own life. I thought it was interesting.
May 7. 2009 Juche 98
Spirit of Defending Leader with Life Is Core of Spiritual Strength
Pyongyang, May 7 (KCNA) -- Now the Korean people are striving hard to open the gate to a great, prosperous and powerful socialist nation with the indomitable spiritual strength, taking the ideological theory of Juche as the treasured sword.
So strong is the mental power of the Korean people because it has the spirit of defending the leader at the risk of life as the core.
The spirit is the fundamental source for making the DPRK's spirit of single-minded unity the eternal soul and life of the nation.
The tradition of single-hearted unity, the main stay of the Korean revolution which was provided in the flame of anti-Japanese armed struggle is being displayed to the full generation after generation. This great unity has turned into a perfect and eternal one that can be found nowhere else in the world.
During the "Arduous March" and forced march in particular, the entire people became the true Songun revolutionary comrades who displayed comradeship to a greater extent, sharing ideology and will on the road of defending the leader with their lives and the internal force of the Korean revolution was strengthened still more solidly.
The fundamental source of the spirit of defending the motherland which has been manifested in each sacred chronicle of the DPRK is also based on the sprit of defending the leader with life.
The Korean people, who had grasped the philosophical principle that the motherland is precisely the leader in the revolution, safeguarded the DPRK creditably with heroic struggle in the Fatherland Liberation War and, after the war, defended the socialist motherland firmly, frustrating the anti-DPRK maneuvers of the U.S. imperialists.
Upon receiving the report of the Supreme Command of the Korean People's Army (KPA) and the statement of the spokesman for the General Staff of the KPA, the entire people have turned out as one in the struggle for protecting socialism. This revolutionary stamina of the DPRK shows well the height of the spiritual world of the whole army and entire people armed with the spirit of defending the leader with their lives.
The spirit lets the revolutionary spirit of self-reliance be displayed to the full in the building of a rich and powerful nation.
In the postwar period, the heroic Korean people carried out with success the historical task of industrialization, which would have taken others hundreds of years, in a short span of time by rushing ahead at the speed of Chollima (a winged horse) under the banner of the self-reliance and converted the country into an invincible socialist power, independent, self-supporting and self-reliant in national defence, with uninterrupted leaps and innovations.
The modern industrial establishments and the solid foundation guaranteeing the epochal prospect for the development of agriculture which have been created in the Songun era are the precious fruition of the spirit of defending the leader with life displayed by the Korean people in the efforts to realize brilliantly General Secretary Kim Jong Il's plan of building the rich and powerful country.
The flame of a new revolutionary upsurge which was kindled in Kangson last year proved that the Korean people can build the great, prosperous and powerful socialist nation with their own strength and technology when they give full play to the spirit of defending the leader with their lives.
The Korean people will open the gate to the great, prosperous and powerful nation without fail in 2012 which greets the 100th birth anniversary of President Kim Il Sung and demonstrate the invincible stamina and might of Songun Korea to the whole world by giving fuller play to the spirit that they have acquired and cemented in the protracted revolution.

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