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     Feb 16, 2007
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SPEAKING FREELY
Bush waves a white flag
By Kim Myong-chol ("unofficial" spokesman of Kim Jong-il and North Korea)

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Good wishes are reverberating throughout the Korean Peninsula and among Koreans abroad in praise of the legendary leadership quality of Kim Jong-il as its proud people celebrate the 65th



birthday of the supreme leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Friday and the Lunar New Year days beginning this weekend.

Two things combine to make this 65th birthday anniversary and the Lunar New Year most auspicious. The first is that Kim has led the DPRK to score a fifth straight bloodless victory over the world's sole superpower by "outsmarting the US in the game of nuclear bluff" as The Sunday Times in London put it on February 4. He has emerged the first national hero in the 5,000 years of Korean history to fulfill the long-elusive ambition of the Korean people to acquire military capabilities to take the war from the Land of Morning Calm to the heart of the metropolitan USA.

The second is the little-known fact that the birthdate of Kim Jong-il, February 16, 1942, coincides with the Lunar New Year universally observed in East Asia.

The most significant fact about the six-party talks that ended this Tuesday is US President George W Bush waving a white flag, offering to allow the DPRK to retain its nuclear arsenal as it is. It means the shared recognition of the five parties and the DPRK as a nuclear-weapons state and the US notice that it would lift its financial crackdown on the Korean state.

The five parties - the US, South Korea, China, Japan and Russia - agreed to provide the DPRK with a huge amount of energy, up to a million tons of fuel oil, in compensation for the suspended operation of an outdated and expendable nuclear site. The DPRK government of Kim Jong-il renews its determination to use its nuclear umbrella to contribute to maintaining peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and in the rest of the world.

The spectacular five successive victories over the US administrations leave no doubt in the eyes of the 70 million Korean people and the world public that Kim Jong-il is another legendary Kim Il-sung, a peerless national hero and iron-willed, brilliant commander of Korea, and is favorably compared to Jumong, founder of Koguryo with a history of at least seven centuries, and Dankun, founder of ancient Korea 5,000 years ago, whose territory covered most of what is now northeastern China and much of Siberia.

Kim Jong-il, Kim Il-sung, Jumong and Dankun have four things in common. The first denominator is the sun. Korean legend says Dankun and Jumong were sons of the Sun God. The name "Kim Il-sung" means "the sun" and the name "Kim Jong-il" refers to the sun, too. Dankun descended on Mount Paekdu from heaven about 5,000 years ago and Kim Jong-il was born on Mount Paekdu during the Lunar New Year holidays, as described by the Japanese police station at the foot of the mountain in a report sent to Hamgyong Provincial Police Headquarters. The sun or heaven signifies the paramount aspiration of the Korean people. Kim Il-sung used Mount Paekdu as the key base for his anti-Japanese guerrilla struggle.

The second is the fact that Dankun Korea and Koguryo used Pyongyang as their national capital. So does the DPRK.

The third is the fact that Kim Jong-il, Kim Il-sung and Jumong are veteran practitioners of the art of war, as Jumong defeated China and Kim Il-sung beat Japan and the US. Kim Jong-il has outsmarted two successive US presidents. Noteworthy is the fact that Jumong was a marksman and developed newer weapons for use against the Chinese, and Kim Jong-il has built a nuclear-missile force capable of blazing the remotest target on the US mainland.

Total dedication to the Korea-first policy or Koreanism is the most important and fourth denominator of the four leaders.

The Dong-A Ilbo reported on February 9: "More than 3,000 articles have been posted on the websites of various progressive civil and social organizations praising Kim Il-sung, Kim Jong-il, and their Songun Politics." A major Japanese television station, Asahi, broadcast a program on February 4 quoting a South Korean as saying, "Kim Jong-il can stand up to the Americans, but we South Koreans are in no position to do so."

A certain Korean restaurant operator in Saitama, Japan, told me: "In my December visit to Seoul, I was amazed at many South Koreans expressing admiration at the way Kim Jong-il is dealing with the US. They say, 'This is the first time in Korea's history of 5,000 years since Koguryo that Korea has been able to equally deal with the world's superpower.'"

The July 11, 2006, New York Times quotes Kim Yung-reoul, 36, a pastor, as exclaiming: "North Korea is an independent country, so why shouldn't it be able to fire missiles? It's remarkable - they've confronted the United States. I felt quite satisfied. I felt as if I'd finally digested something that I had trouble digesting." According to the New York Times on December 25, 2002, one Bush administration official commented, "This will cause some secret shivers of pride amongst some in the South."

In a secret Communist Party meeting, Chinese leader Hu Jintao praised Kim Jong-il for sticking to his guns, and Chinese bloggers erupted in applause of him for defying the US in the wake of the North Korean detonation of a nuclear device, according to the December 16, 2006, edition of the Sydney Morning Herald. The Australian daily explains what binds the DPRK and China together.

The January 4 Christian Science Monitor writes on the Western world's rising grudging regard for Kim Jong-il. The US daily quotes Alexander Mansourov of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu as observing: "Why shouldn't Kim be seen as extraordinary? He's poked his finger in the eye of the US hegemon. He's tested missiles and nukes. At home he's more popular than ever."

Obviously Kim Jong-il's military-first policy inspired by tamul (a Koguryo word for feeling pride at being inheritors of Dankun Korea, developing new weapons, and restoring the lost land of ancient

Continued 1 2 


Declaration by North Korean defectors (Feb 16, '07)

North Korea accord: Now for the hard part (Feb 14, '07)

Kim's message: War is coming to US soil (Oct 6, '06)

North Korea's only talking head loves the US (Jan 19, '05)

 
 



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