November 21, 2010

The Sri Lankan & North Korean Family Rule

North Korea here we come!

North Korea’s government follows the Juche ideology of self-reliance, developed by the country's former President, Kim Il-sung. After his death, Kim Il-sung was declared to be the country's Eternal President. (ha...ha...ha...reminds me of the slogan on banners, “Oba samadaa apay Janapathi!” translated to English it means you will be our PresiDunce forever!)

Juche became the official state ideology when the country adopted a new constitution in 1972, though Kim Il-sung had been using it to form policy since at least as early as 1955. (remids me of the “Mahinda Chinthanaya.”) After the collapse of the Soviet Union and a series of natural disasters, a famine occurred, causing the death of 900,000 to 2 million people. (We can expect something similar in the near future!) Facing these circumstances, leader Kim Jong-Il (thats Kim Il-sungs son) adopted Songun, or a "military-first" policy in order to strengthen the country and its government. (what will Namal adopt after his father kicks the bucket? “Namal Chinthanaya?”)

Officially a socialist republic, many media organizations outside North Korea report that it is a totalitarian Stalinist dictatorship with an elaborate cult of personality around the Kim family and one of the worst human rights records of any country. (Now is there a cult of personality behind the Rajapaksha family or not?) North Korea is the world's most militarized nation with a total of 9,495,000 active, reserve, and paramilitary personnel. (Sri Lanka is slowly getting there). It is a nuclear weapons state, and has begun an active space program. (All Rajapaksa doesn’t have for the time being is nuclear weapons...God help the neighbouring countries if he gets his hands on a few nukes!) Due to the government's secretive nature and its reluctance to allow in foreigners, North Korea is today considered the world's most isolated country and has thus been given the moniker "The Hermit Kingdom" by some. (well Sri Lanka is slowly but surely getting there and I have given it the moniker, “JILMART ISLAND”).

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