Saturday, January 1, 2011
Three nights ago my husband and I watched a documentary on North Korea by National Geographic. It came out back in 2007 and a lot has happened in North Korea since then, but the core values of the nation are essentially the same. Then again, they're essentially the same as they were in the 1950s.
It began with a humanitarian mission to the "hermit country". A crew from National Geographic teamed up with a doctor who planned on performing one thousand operations on North Koreans with cataracts that cause blindness. The documentary team was undercover, obviously, and they were the only Americans in the nation.
I won't tell you too much about it, because it is worth watching yourself, but a few things blew me away. First, there are two MILLION soldiers guarding the border between North and South Korea. Two million! There are also over a million land mines and an electric fence.
Second, they had a famine during the 1990s that killed three million North Koreans. The children that grew up during that time are permanently stunted in growth.
Third, they worship Kim Jung-Il like he is the son of God. Literally, that's not an exaggeration. As the people removed their bandages after their successful surgeries, they ran to a picture of Kim Jung-Il with prayers of thanks and promises to do more to make him happy.
I am normally one who sees the possibility of a solution to anything. Not here. The children are taught from the day they are able to understand that America is the enemy. Old men promise to kill all the Americans to honor Kim Jung-Il. It's hard to imagine a nation that size and with so many people, so completely under the control of such an evil leader. Check it out. Tell me what you think.