North Korean troops prepare to load missiles onto an aircraft,
in this undated photo from the Korean Central News Agency.
Cowering Before America is Sure Path to National Catastrophe (RodongSinmun, North Korea)
Is it a
mistaken belief in American good intentions that most endangers 'independent, anti-imperialist'
nations? In this editorial from North Korea's state-run RodongSimnum, the regime expands on its
traditional Cold War logic with a dash of psychology, in an effort to explain
it maniacal conception of 'Juche' or 'self reliance.'
U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq toppled local governments,
and its war plots in Libya overthrew the government there.
Ensuing events made things worse by intensifying racial and
religious conflict, which threw people into fear and anxiety and cost many
their lives. These tragedies all stem from an illusion held by many governments
and peoples about U.S. imperialism and U.S. power.
Enticed by American-advertised "peace" and
"cooperation," many end up straying from the
road of independence, plunging themselves into an irretrievable plight.
Without exception, such peoples harbor illusions about American
use of force. They seem to believe that that U.S. tyranny has changed its
The U.S. goes around the world talking a lot about human
rights, freedom and peace, all the while poking its nose into the internal
affairs of other nations. The wars that broke out in the last century in Korea
and Vietnam showed that when an army, a people and their leadership are firmly
united and fight, they can defeat America and defend their national sovereignty
But in countries that fail to rely on their own strength and
are deceived by American propaganda and nuclear blackmail, tragedy strikes. The
U.S. exerts its utmost to weaken their defense capabilities, and under the
pretext of "preventing the development of weapons of mass
destruction," the U.S. sends inspection teams under various names and in
the case of Iraq, even ransacked the presidential palace.
It is the mistake of yielding to the U.S. that results in
The case of Iraq and others like it should be a lesson to
independent, anti-imperialist and revolutionary countries. It is fear of the
United States that leads to the worst kinds of national tragedy.