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The key mistake is to read them as a version of us. We walked in the same columns, carrying the same portraits of leaders, but we'd go home and tell jokes about these leaders. This is not about North Korea. In Orwell's "1984," the characters are always trying to escape Big Brother's gaze to get some privacy. In North Korea, it's the other way round. People are born with the dream of finding themselves in Big Brother's line of sight, of being noticed.
originally posted by: Metallicus
a reply to: Cygnis
I can't help but think you are advocating for wiping these people out.
I can't get behind that agenda.
As long as we remove the access to nuclear weapons we don't need to harm the civilians even if they are crazy. The goal should be removing the threat not the humans.
originally posted by: Sagacity
I have read several articles over the years regarding the integration challenges faced by NK refugees in South Korea. Most do quite well after the initial culture shock. Although unfortunately it can be too much for some, who do indeed commit suicide. Others, even after some time, express their desire to return to NK either over guilt and concern for relatives left behind or being unable to integrate with the South Korean society.
In a post Kim regime world (hopefully) a stable government can work to build the country and take care of it's citizens. The borders can open and the international community can provide some aid.
originally posted by: Joneselius
You do realise that they'd say the same thing about us.... And they wouldn't be wrong.
Ever seen the North Korean drunken dad who beats his kids? Or the dysfunctional North Korean teen gangs terrorizing their own generation? Me neither!
We are world apart from these people's for a REASON. We should stop this stupid notion that our way of life is universal....