A colleague of mine living in South Korea once compared the militarized totalitarian state to the north to a mean drunk. He explained over a cup of soju:
"Imagine that South Korea is like the responsible brother who holds down a good job, pays the mortgage, has a wife and two kids he tries his best to provide for. He's a nice guy. He invites his neighbors over for barbecues in the summer," he began. "But he's got this older brother, North Korea, who's a total jackass. He's a drunk and a gun-nut. He's never held down a real job in his life. He lives in a broken-down shit box, doing odd jobs for the gangsters who live on the next block.
"He's always coming over to the younger brother's house brandishing a pistol, shooting his mouth off, breaking stuff and demanding money," my friend elaborates. "His little brother doesn't want to risk his family's safety, so he gives the jerk some dough and begs him to leave them alone. And this works until the next time his older brother goes on a bender."
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