Kim Jong Il visited a chicken farm in North Pyong’an province yesterday, and he did more than leave behind this ghoulish photo:
No, the Dear Leader left this piece of wisdom for his subjects to ponder:
He also provided field guidance to the North Phyongan Provincial Chicken Farm.
He expressed great satisfaction over that fact that the officials and workers of the farm have made leaping progress in the production of chicken and eggs.
It is very gratifying that the officials and workers of the farm are raising a lot of ducks and pigs by making an effective use of excrement of chicken, he said, highly appreciating their tenacious work style.
KCNA is known for its locutions, but this is a new one for me. The somewhat imprecise use of the plural pronoun “their” (covered in section 23b in Diana Hacker’s masterful Rules for Writers) implies that the Dear Leader could in fact be complementing the chickens for being tenacious in producing shit. But I suppose that at least that means they are being fed.
This frail man does indeed seem to contrast quite starkly with the jaunty individual seen embracing Hu Jintao Wen Jiabao and grinning at Bill Clinton. And his left arm is firmly lodged in his coat pocket at all times.
Perhaps legacies are indeed on his mind again, as his trip to North Pyong’an was paired with this story about Koguryo tombs in South Pyong’an. The North loves to look back at the Koguryo indeed, and implications of Kim as a kind of neo-Koguryo emperor must have some resonance.
Perhaps this is so, as the Rodong Sinmun argues so suavely in a signed article:
The Koreans who have lived in one and the same territory as a homogenous nation since the olden times are a proud nation not only in terms of its long history but in the development of its culture.
The Koreans are very proud of their tradition in which they have never yielded to the foreign invasion.
The dignity and spirit of the Koreans as an independent nation have been highly exalted thanks to General Secretary Kim Jong Il, peerlessly great man and outstanding illustrious commander of Songun.
Only when all the Koreans fully display patriotism with pride and self-confidence that the Korean nation is the best in the world is it possible to achieve the great unity of the nation and the cause of national reunification.
The Koreans are required to force the foreign forces out of south Korea and achieve the historic cause of national reunification by their concerted efforts. It presents itself as a more important task than ever before for them to deeply cherish the Korean nation-first spirit, preserve the history and culture peculiar to them and positively keep alive the patriotic tradition of not yielding to foreign aggressor forces.
Especially the Chinese! Thus the building up of a defensive road between Hoeryong and Chongjin, as Good Friends reports. The northern frontier is getting awfully active of late…Fortunately KCNA lifts its head in time to blast off one final salvo at “the Japanese militarists,” fear of whom hardly seems likely to inspire superhuman efforts in the calorie-deficient aftermath of the 150-day struggle campaign.
Perhaps word has gotten out that a new, more friendly government is in town in Tokyo:
Far from drawing due lesson from the fact that the LDP was reduced to an opposition party after being sternly punished by the people for its corrupt policy, militarist policy, its gangs and other ultra-right elements have set out on the road for revival of militarism again in an attempt to turn the whole of Japan into a militarist war state for overseas aggression.
Visit to the “Yasukuni shrine” is not a mere rite peculiar to Japan. Praying at the shrine while burning incense and with hands clasped is as good as an act of resolving to build the “great Japanese empire” without fail, cherishing the will of the predecessors who fell in the madcap militarist overseas aggression, and even risk a war if necessary.
Fans of Brian Myers can decide for themselves if the second paragraph evokes anything along the lines of a subtle Kim-as-Hirohito thesis.