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The Dearest Leader

May he rest in peace.


  1. Talwin says:

    As I watched the film I wondered what might be the impetus for grown men, wearing business suits, to march whilst waving bad-taste pink/mauve flags.

    And then it came to me: testicles attached to the mains supply. On the rare occasions that there isn’t a pwer cut in North Korea that is.

  2. john in cheshire says:

    I want a pot bellied pig as leader; they’re not just for Christmas.

  3. NickM says:

    Interestingly the KFA (Korean Friendship Association) webshite (not a typo) is down.


    What I love about it is apart from the fact it is barking mental in the nut is that it doesn’t allow comments on it’s forum! What the fricking hell is the point of a forum without comments? I loved some of their videos of their military. They look quite impressive if you know absolutely nothing about tanks or planes or ships. The entire US contingent could leave the ROK (and maybe Japan) to handle them. My fave was a set of flame-thrower tanks. Stevie Wonder from the rear seat of an F-15K* could stick a heat seeker on them. The thing is Comrade Kim followed an avowed “military first policy” (conscription is for 13 years for able bodied males) but his evil empire looked kind of like some sort of bastard offspring of the Walmington-on-Sea Home Guard and the Waffen SS. It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry.

    I appreciate I’m being unfair to Mainwaring et al. For all his bufferishness what gives that show poignancy is you know he’d charge a German machine gun with only his service revolver and so would Jones and Pike and all the rest of the platoon*. But then Captain Mainwaring was a soldier for a nation that was a beacon of liberty in a demon haunted world and not for some cockamamie Communist atrocity. And the DPRK is an atrocity. South of the DMZ is one of the most advanced economies on the planet. I bet you own something made there – I do. I bet you don’t own a thing made in Norkland.

    It is a travesty. And therein lies the rub. Look at the countries that threaten us – North Korea, Iran etc. They are dismal jokes. Vile dismal jokes perhaps more to be pitied than laughed at.

    *A great many of the actors had actually fought. If you ever wondered why the platoon was commanded by captain Mainwaring and not an Lt it is simply because the writers reversed Arthur Lowe and John Le Mesurier’s wartime ranks. If you ever wondered why Arnold Ridley played the medic it’s because the medical bag on his shoulder partially hid the fact his left arm was practically useless as a result of a wound at The Somme. He also fought with the BEF in France in 1940.

    *Basically an F-15E

  4. Jim DiGriz says:

    Hopefully the next incumbent will go for a food first policy and try to feed his people.

  5. RAB says:

    I wonder who gets the Bond movie DVD collection? I hear that Kim Jong Un is a Bruce Willis fan.

    Dear lorks almighty! what a fuckin shower eh? Kim Il-Sung, Kim Jong-Il, now Kim Jong-Un. They sound like the bad guys out of a Superman movie. And why is it that Communist countries, which are supposed to be about power to the “People” always end up as medieval dynastic totalitarian dictatorships? I know marx is a bit hard to follow at times, but I’m pretty sure that wasn’t the outcome he had in mind when he wrote Das Kapital.

    As for our heroic actors, the wife and I were talking about D Day the other night, as father in law was in 2 Para and dropped around the Pegasus bridge to assist the glider troops to “Hold until relieved”.

    Well Richard Todd, who played Major John Howard in The Longest Day, who’s glider borne troops were holding the bridge, was actually there in person. He was a Captain in the Paras, and fought off several counter attacks by the Germans before British reinforcements arrived from the beaches.

  6. Bod says:

    In fairness to the DPRK military, I think the flamethrower tanks are really intended for internal security and crowd control purposes.

  7. RAB says:

    Why should we be worried Tim? It’s just an oil rig, and you can’t be held responsible, it’s in your blood Mun! Born in Pembroke, I bet your earliest and fondest memories was the smell of Crude coming into Milford Haven with the onshore breeze, wasn’t it? ;-)

  8. Sam Duncan says:

    Talwin, I always assumed that was why there are power cuts in Norkland.

    So Kim’s boy was edumacated in Switzerland and follows Yank basketball. Maybe a bit of sense has sunk in there.

    Or, alternatively, not.

  9. Tim Newman says:

    RAB, my growing up under the flares of Roscrowther refinery had one hell of a lot to do with me going into the oil business. For a start, the kids at school whose father worked for Texaco (i.e. half of them) always had loads of kit like torches, bags, hats, pencil cases, etc. My old man was the town solicitor and all we got were gyppos coming up to us in the street saying “Cheers mun, for gettin’ us off that beef last week…problem is, you see, I’m back in court again tomorrow, like!”

  10. Dom B says:

    Nick, they did allow comments on the website right up until the famous ‘Comrades I am terrored!’ post regarding the Team America movie!

  11. Kendall says:

    I see the looniest of the loony left have their unironic tributes up.

    Expect that kind of bollocks to filter down into the world of left wing academia sooner or later. Just like the revisionist history and socialist apologetics aimed at rehabilitating Mao and Lenin.

  12. Paul Marks says:

    Nick and Rab – thank you for what you say about the real military background of the actors.

    As for Kim – he never faced gunfire in his life. “Greatest military leader” my………

    Of course North Korea IS where “progressivism” and “political correctness” lead – the short film was quite right about that.

    This is socialism – and this what progressivism and political correctness (i.e. the Frankfurt School of cultural Marxism) are supposed to lead to.

    It need not be Marxism (Richard Ely – the founder of Progressivism was not a Marxist), but it is socialism, in this case under the Marxist tradtion.

    There is also an Ayn Rand point.

    North Korean propaganda is full of mystical ideas (special lights appeared when Kim was born – and so on), and this may be held to be in contradiction with Marxism – but really they are akin.

    Marxism itself is, at heart (under the “scientific materialism” pretense) a mystical doctrine – and it allies with others.

    Greenism, “New Age” ism – Marxists in the United States (like that awe struck “99%er” that Kendall shows us) have no problem mixing in mystical bullcrap into their Marxism.

    All about Mother Earth and how capitalism violates her.

    By doing stuff like…….

    Well like growing food and GIVING it to North Korea (when there was mass starvation).

    Why did the evil “1%” do that leftists?

    Oh, of course, because they have to get rid of their “surplus production……”

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