roadbikeRob saidThe horribly sad thing is that most of the North Korean people have been weakened by years of famine and hard labor. Any type of rebellion against this sick, fascist regime would be a tremendous effort. However, I am hoping that the North Korean people will gain international support which would give them much needed momentum in tearing down this brutal regime and winning their freedom from fierce oppression. The number of people who have suffered and died under this fiercely brutal dictatorship is horribly shocking and the description of their hard labor punishment in the gulag is not for the faint of heart. This is worse than the Nazis.
There have been signs though.
Don't be surprised if in the next ten to twenty-five years North Korea is no more.
Part of the Juche ideology which North Korea founds itself on is a heavy personality cult of the leaders. Before Kim Il-sung handed over leadership to Kim Jong-Il, there was time to mythologise and idealise Kim Jong-Il via what I'd term 'personality propaganda'.
However, due to Kim Jong-Il's sudden death, there hasn't been enough time to build up this cult of personality around the new leader.
The previous two leaders have multiple statues of themselves surrounding the country, people wear lapel badges with their faces on, their pasts have been turned into mythological stories...but none of this has been done (or at least, not to the mass extent) with the current leader, Kim-Jong Un.
There is hope.