Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader: North Korea and the Kim Dynasty
Bradley K. Martin
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Under the Loving Care of the Fatherly Leader offers in-depth portraits of North Korea's two ruthless and bizarrely Orwellian leaders, Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il. Lifting North Korea's curtain of self-imposed isolation, this book will take readers inside a society, that to a Westerner, will appear to be from another planet. Subsisting on a diet short on food grains and long on lies, North Koreans have been indoctrinated from birth to follow unquestioningly a father-son team of megalomaniacs.
To North Koreans, the Kims are more than just leaders. Kim Il-Sung is the country's leading novelist, philosopher, historian, educator, designer, literary critic, architect, general, farmer, and ping-pong trainer. Radios are made so they can only be tuned to the official state frequency. "Newspapers" are filled with endless columns of Kim speeches and propaganda. And instead of Christmas, North Koreans celebrate Kim's birthday--and he presents each child a present, just like Santa.
The regime that the Kim Dynasty has built remains technically at war with the United States nearly a half century after the armistice that halted actual fighting in the Korean War. This fascinating and complete history takes full advantage of a great deal of source material that has only recently become available (some from archives in Moscow and Beijing), and brings the reader up to the tensions of the current day. For as this book will explain, North Korea appears more and more to be the greatest threat among the Axis of Evil countries--with some defector testimony warning that Kim Jong-Il has enough chemical weapons to wipe out the entire population of South Korea.
selflessness Kim Jong-il unfailingly displayed. One of countless officially peddled anecdotes relates that a sickly youth whom he tended in the hospital and helped with studies “could not hide hot tears welling up in his eyes.” Holding in his hands the class notes that young Kim had copied out for him during his absence, the student “threw himself into the broad arms of Kim Jong-il and burst into sobs with his face buried in his breast. That was something too noble to be called mere friendship.46
so many kids that my classmates decided to gang up on me. I realized then that kids no longer feared me. They would throw stones at me, or spit at me.” The older gang members, around the same time, “took me to the railroad, stripped me to my underwear and made me lie on the track.” After thinking things over, the boy gave up his pose of ferocious loner in hopes of becoming a leader. “I made friends and created my own gang,” he told me. Indeed, from the sound of it—and despite his lack of family
forgive you even though you are a sinner and your guilt was very large,” Kim Jong-il had written. “I just want you to devote yourself to achieving revolution in my country.” Shin’s handler took him to a restaurant. There, Shin bo-wed automatically, at the requisite forty-five-degree angle, before a portrait of Kim Il-sung. Then, still standing before the portrait, he vowed aloud to “do as you order, Great Leader.” The guide was pleased. “You are doing very well,” he told Shin. “Let’s have a
Twentieth Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Khrushchev launched a formal denunciation of Stalin, challenging the supremacy and infallibility of Stalin as a leader. The de-Stalinization was undoubtedly a rude shock to Kim Il-sung. A second trauma occurred in the 1960s, when Mao signaled his wish to groom a political heir after his demise, thus putting the nation in a state of heightened anxiety and uncertainty. In September 1971, Mao’s handpicked successor, .Marshal Lin Biao,
budget,’ according to Kyodo. “Offenders will be treated as anti-socialist elements, arrested and tried while their families will be deported to labor camps, the notices allegedly said.” 6. Interview with an ethnic Korean who traveled to North Korea. The sentence for speaking ill of Kim Il-sung or Kim Jong-il was life imprisonment, according to this informant. 7. See, for example, “NK Bans Contact Wtih Chinese,” Korea Times, January 28, 1993, p. 1. The Yonhap news agency report picked up from