posted on Jul, 6 2006 @ 05:48 PM
I've spent the last half-hour speed-reading the first hundred pages of the "short history" of il-sung (the father)
Talk about your conspiracies. . . .
You can learn just as much (more) from reading the wikipedia article. There are only two pages of the document that even reference Lenin or communist
leninism (35, 46). No mention at all of Marx or Engels that I saw.
Here's what I came away with.
1. Kim il-sung's father was a nationalist leader against the Japanese occupation; the school where he was educated was a Christian missionary
school. il-sung's history even mentions the christian community praying for his father while he was being tortured by the japanese occupational
2. After an aborted uprising, Kim's family fled to manchuria. It seems likely that il-sung became a member of Mao's red communist army; it sounds
like his unit was captured or retreated into the Soviet Union.
3. The soviets retrained Il-sung, and he took command the Korean Communist army in exile. I suspect that the wikipedia article is incorrect---I
think it likely that il-sung actually took the name of a famous pro-korean nationalist (kim il sung) who had died in battle. Basically, I believe he
did assume the mantle of the slain leader. The Soviets certainly supported him 100% as the leader of Korea from that point forward, whereas
before he was nothing special. < my personal speculation is that the original "kim il-sung" was assasinated, by the future leader of North Korea,
who even stole his victim's name and office!!! >
4. It seems that there had been an indigenous (non-Russian, non-Chinese) proto-communist movement in Korea, while Il-Sung was taking the leadership
of the army in exile. As soon as Il-sung returned to Korea once the Japanese had left, he immediately suppressed the incipient non-nationalistic
indigenous movement for a Moskow-oriented soviet-style communism.
In other words, it looks like the Marxists in Korea were not particularly pro-Russia. These radicals lost out to Kim, supported by the government in
Moscow. How's that for imperialism?
One of the repeated truisms from his memoirs is that the Koreans shouldn't look to Woodrow Wilson's "self-determination principle," because in
Kim's words, no strong nation has EVER helped a weaker, helpless nation." This is sort of funny, since it means he's denying all the help
he got from Moscow and Peking, which seems to be the case . . .
Even more ironically, he sneers at the American promise of "self-determination for all peoples," and yet "Juche" seems to be the precise concept,
rendered into Korean. Hmmm. Political doublethink worthy of "1984"