Thursday, July 01, 2004

North Korea Declares They Have Increasing Numbers of Heroes

What can be said about this? Posts from the official North Korean News Agency are helpful because they give us a taste of the propoganda that dictatorial regimes feed the unfortunates under their rule.

Increasing Number of Heroes in DPRK

Pyongyang, June 30 (KCNA) -- Five decades have passed since the titles of Hero of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (June 30, 1950) and Labor Hero (July 17, 1951) were instituted. Thousands of heroes have been produced during the period. The history of the victorious Korean revolution is associated with feats of the heroes. The anti-Japanese revolutionary war veterans, who fought against the Japanese imperialists and accomplished the historical cause of national liberation in August 1945 under the leadership of President Kim Il Sung, rallied around him, were the first generation of heroes produced by Korea. By carrying forward their spirit, the Korean people displayed mass heroism to the full in the Fatherland Liberation War against the U.S. imperialist aggressors from June 1950 to July 1953. The Korean war produced 533 heroes and twice heroes of the Republic. They defended the freedom and independence of the country by giving full play to their matchless bravery and self-sacrificing spirit. Among the heroes were a platoon leader Kim Chang Gol and Ri Su Bok, 18, who ensured the advance of their units by covering the enemy's machine guns with their bodies; Kang Ho Yong who rolled down to enemies with a hand-grenade in his mouth after losing his arms and legs during a combat and blasted himself among them; Jo Sun Ok who destroyed a tank with a hand-grenade at the cost of her life; Thae Son Hui who distinguished herself in air battles as the first woman fighter pilot in Korea; and Jo Ok Hui who had a good record of service in the Jinamsan People's Guerrilla Army