Thursday, December 10, 2009

Damn, this takes both courage and desperation

and in a place like North Korea, that's liable to get messy:
While climate delegates are quarreling in Copenhagen, and President Barack Obama is collecting his Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, an important story is unfolding in relative obscurity, in North Korea. Furious over a confiscatory currency "reform," citizens of the world's most repressive state have begun publicly criticizing their government.

It is hard to overstate just how bold a move that is. North Korea's military "is on alert for a possible civil uprising," according to a major South Korean newspaper, the Chosun Ilbo. Reports have been filtering out of North Korea that the country's markets have become arenas of protest, with traders--many of them women in their 40s and 50s--publicly cursing the North Korean authorities
You're talking about public protests in a country with even less problem killing troublemakers than the PRC. Like I said, nerve and desperation both, and anger. LOTS of anger.

Question is, whether they get stomped quiet again-for a while- or something changes, just how messy will it be?

'Course, the other question is will President Obama support them? Or play games like he did with Honduras?


Ding Kong said...

Didn't commies claim that they had to make people's lives miserable enough that they had nothing to loose, for a successful revolution to take place?

Sounds like that point may have been reached? even for the increadibly placid North Koreans.

Firehand said...

And not in the way they expected. Or wanted