What Kim Il-Sung started with his bellicose invasion of South Korea on June 25th, 1950 has seemingly been concluded by his grandson with a simple step across the 38th parallel’s demarcation line on April 27th, 2018. The long-unresolved Korean War was officially proclaimed at an end. What MacArthur’s Inchon landing, the final episode of M*A*S*H, and Dennis Rodman’s brilliant diplomatic manoeuvrings failed to accomplish was instead wrought by the merest gesture from an obese Oriental oligarch. Such are the vicissitudes of history.
On the surface, of course, this is a joyous event. What kinist wouldn’t rejoice in the solidifying of a homogeneously ethnic people in a common, and decidedly non-imperialist, cause? Not the least of the gains would be the kick in the nether regions it would inflict upon the hegemonic American gunboat diplomacy complex by further shattering that Golem of Judeo-vengeance: the fabricated ‘Axis of Evil’. More winning, right?
And yet – modern gains seem to be replete with ‘and yets’ – there seem to be many disconcerting signs that all is not as it appears in this happy melding of kingdoms. Suspicious discrepancies abound in this meta-narrative. Let us take a …
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