from Brent Smith for World Net Daily:
In an effort to avoid talking politics, I took to the internet for anything that didn’t have to do with how awful Trump is or how wonderful Biden is.
It was difficult, but I found such a thing in a Valuetainment podcast. And as it turns out, this story is quite possibly the most powerful statement of the human condition and how one person overcame unspeakable oppression of what we in the West could not fathom.
Valuetainment’s Patrick Bet-David, certainly no stranger to oppression, as he himself got out of Iran, interviewed a most remarkable young woman. Her name is Yeonmi Park, now 26 years old, and she escaped from North Korea at the age of only 13.
She tells her harrowing story of escape to China, then to South Korea, Ireland and finally ending up in the United States. In the 72 years the Kim dynasty has ruled North Korea, she is one of only 200 who made it out alive to defect to the United States. And even after all this time, she says she’s still a target of the regime.
What is most fascinating and cryptically enlightening is her accounting of the 13 years spent in the isolated Communist nation. I’m not surprised by much anymore, but I’ll tell you, I was shocked by the level of control the regime has over its people.
Yeonmi shares what it was, and still is, like to “exist” in North Korea. She purposely did not say what it was like to “live” there. The way she describes it is stranger and crueler than fiction.
She begins by saying that the “1 percent” has all they desire, but the rest have nothing. And by nothing she means absolutely nothing!
We in West often speak of “stress” and “depression,” etc. Yet in North Korea, these words don’t even exist. They are not in any North Korean dictionary. The terms had to be explained after her escape.
A simple thing like a calendar, which the rest of the world takes for granted, is vastly different there. To the world, the New Year begins on Jan. 1, but not in North Korea. There the year begins on April 15, marking the birth of their original “Dear leader,” Kim Il-Sung, “when time itself began, or was renewed.” And because they remain so isolated, no one knows any better. They liken Kim-Il-Sung to be God, and his successor, Kim Jong-Il, Jesus Christ.