Friday, February 5, 2010

North Korea: A Nation of Racist Dwarfs - Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens has authored another brilliant piece, "A Nation of Racist Dwarfs," over at Slate. North Korea is arguably the most perverted and tragic modern manifestation of humanity on the face of this fair planet. Hitchens, in a way only his dry and acerbic wit can capture, pens a solid piece on ethnic nationalism and racism in the Korean peninsula.   Here are some excerpts: 

"Here are the two most shattering facts about North Korea. First, when viewed by satellite photography at night, it is an area of unrelieved darkness. Barely a scintilla of light is visible even in the capital city. (See this famous photograph.) Second, a North Korean is on average six inches shorter than a South Korean. You may care to imagine how much surplus value has been wrung out of such a slave, and for how long, in order to feed and sustain the militarized crime family that completely owns both the country and its people.

But this is what proves Myers right. Unlike previous racist dictatorships, the North Korean one has actually succeeded in producing a sort of new species. Starving and stunted dwarves, living in the dark, kept in perpetual ignorance and fear, brainwashed into the hatred of others, regimented and coerced and inculcated with a death cult: This horror show is in our future, and is so ghastly that our own darling leaders dare not face it and can only peep through their fingers at what is coming."

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