By ANDREW FLYNN, Managing Editor of The Daily Damn
The death of god-king Kim Jong-il temporarily leaves the most volatile nation on earth in mourning for its fallen Dear Leader. But this isn’t for long.
The country of North Korea has always been a wild card in geopolitics from the perspective of every powerful nation on Earth. A wild card dipped in uranium with leaders in its history as insane as Heath Ledger’s Joker from The Dark Knight. The fucker set off a nuclear bomb only a few years ago, we all remember. Who does that?!
About a year ago, I was obsessed with learning about North Korea. Netflix subscription in hand, I plowed through a good dozen videos on its history, learning all that I could. Lisa Ling went in there for a little while on a trip a few years ago, bringing back unbelievable video that quickly made the rounds into the rest of the world’s homes. And various journalists and other notables have been so lucky to do the same, and survived to tell the story.
It’s purely fascinating shit, to think that there is a country in this life that exists like this one does. It’s horrifying. The suffering, famine, and the complete mind-control of its citizens goes on. And they know no other reality besides that one.
It continually slays me that anyone thinks they know exactly what’s going to happen. It slays me, and smacks of ignorance. You’ve got some pundits saying that North Korea’s new leader is going to launch a full-frontal assault on its neighbor to the south to take over the wartorn peninsula, and you’ve got this pundit over here saying that we should all just leave them alone. These are idiots who think they’re smart enough to solve one of the most difficult problems that has ever faced humanity. It’s not easily solved, so the current thinking is flawed.
North Korea is a country so backwards and upside-down, that if you were in it for a week, you’d swear you had fallen into a wormhole and arrived at something only science-fiction writers could dream up. For the last 70 years, its people have been subjected to famine, random torture, complete technological and societal shielding of the world around them. They have no idea what the real world is like. There are those who have escaped past the demilitarized zone that divides them from South Korea, only then to fully realize the absolute mindfuck that they experienced in the first place.
Perhaps in someone’s lifetime, North Korea will become a nation that trades freely and supports its people. It’s not likely to occur anytime this decade at least, that seems for certain. Judging by the actions of North Korea’s leadership and newly-designated “Great Successor”, Kim Jong-un, it’s apparent that some men just want to watch the world burn. In the meantime, they’ll continue to be the darkest country on Earth.
And that’s my giving a damn.