By John Stang
In the spirit of quoting Christopher Hitchens, this chilling excerpt from a 2010 review of B.R. Myers’s The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters puts the tactics of the regime in perspective:
Myers also points out that many of the slogans employed and displayed by the North Korean state are borrowed directly—this really does count as some kind of irony—from the kamikaze ideology of Japanese imperialism. Every child is told every day of the wonderful possibility of death by immolation in the service of the motherland and taught not to fear the idea of war, not even a nuclear one.
The regime cannot rule by terror alone, and now all it has left is its race-based military ideology. Small wonder that each “negotiation” with it is more humiliating than the previous one. As Myers points out, we cannot expect it to bargain away its very raison d’etre.