Friday, January 6, 2012

Our "at least they made the trains run on time" correspondent writes

Gob-smacking North Korea apologia in the letters page of the Birmingham Mail on Monday this week.

I'm particularly taken by two things in this letter. The quote about the North Korean army and its 'brilliant [..] discipline' conjures up images of our correspondent wandering around his back garden in Weoley Castle trying to marshal paperboys, postmen, his pet cat and local wildlife into replicating the huge theatrical parades for which the regime is known.

It also conveniently overlooks the horrific human rights violations on which that discipline is based.

Second, he asks when North Korea has ever declared war in the world or directly interfered in other nation's affairs.


I had to check, as my knowledge of the Korean War comes largely from M*A*S*H, but yup, I was right, Wikipedia confirms his Utopia threw the first stone here.

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