“That’s called hypocrisy, you shuck face piece of -!” —James Dashner, The Maze Runner
I am confused here. I think I need to recap some facts as one who has served in the United States Military. Moreover, I think Park Jae-sang, the artist also know as “PSY” of Gag-em-style fame…(or is that Gangnam?)…oh whatever the hell it is…I think he played Hooky from school on History day.
On 25 June 1950, North Korean Communist forces crossed the 38th parallel, sparking what liberals like to call, “The Korean Conflict.” We all know however, it was a war. Driving back communist forces all the way to the Yalu River, prompted the People’s Republic of China to enter the war. After three years of bloody fighting, an uneasy armistice was inked on27 July, 1953. The Armistice brought fighting to a conclusion and established the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North Korea and South Korea. To this day, U.S forces still occupy the two and a half-mile wide DMZ with minor skirmishes taking place from time to time.
Today, North Korea exists under the dictatorial rule of Kim Jong un, son of the nutty and unpredicatable late Kim Jong il and his late father (also referred to as the, “Dear Leader”) Kim Il Sung.
Poverty, Oppression, Famines, disease and widescale slaughter of its’ people is how the “Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea define their national culture. In short, People suffer. We have heard the countless stories of people fleeing the country…Yodok Prison: prisoners live in mud huts with roofs made of straw laid on wooden planks, and a floor covered with straw and dry plant mats.
Camp officials force prisoners to report on one another. If one person does not work hard enough, the whole group is punished creating animosity among the prisoners, destroying any semblance of solidarity, and thus emerges a system of self-surveillance. The PDRK is one of the largest recipients of foreign Non-Governmental Organizational (NGO) aid, yet its’ people sees very little of that aid. So that’s the North. Nice isn’t it?
South Korea, on the other hand, has a market economy ranking 15th in the world by nominal GDP and 12th by purchasing power parity (PPP), identifying it as one of the G-20 major economies. While heavily dependent on international trade, South Korea was the sixth largest exporter and tenth largest importer in the world according to 2010 numbers. That seems like considerable prosperity!
Were it not for the United States, “carrying the military water” for South Korea, it would be part of the North…along with all the oppression, suffering and hell we know of North Korea.
Erstwhile, South Korean Pop music artist Psy in the wake of the culture freedom, economic prosperity environment and widescale political freedom he enjoys, spewed these lyrics in 2004:
Kill those f**king Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives
Kill those f**king Yankees who ordered them to torture
Kill their daughters, mothers, daughters-in-law and fathers
Kill them all slowly and painfully…
So, I am confused….How is it that we as a society tolerate such ungrateful bastards like Park Jae-sang when it was our “Yankee” grandfathers, uncles, sons and daughters who spilled their blood at Inchon, Chosin, Pyongtaek, Pork Chop Hill? Sheer blood and treasure… This idiot should have, at the very least, thanked us Yankees that he is not living in some fresh hell like Yodok. As for me, I wont buy his music…not that I would anyhow.