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Some History on North Korea

Another passion of mine, is learning about and from History. It saddens me that so much is being forgotten or revised.


Liberty vs. Duty

Here in the United States of America, when I felt that President Obama was going too far; beyond the limits of his power, I was one among many, who sought to bring attention to that fact.

One million plus U.S citizens, hit the streets of our nation's capital, so that our grievances might hit the ears of our Representatives in Washington D.C.

We were not pleased with the direction of our Country and we wanted to be heard.

In the United States of America, we not only have the freedom to do such things, we have an obligation to protect the interests of the people

When a portion of women in the U.S. felt that the election of Donald Trump would have the new Administration 'all up in their healthcare business', they chose to put on costumes and head wear resembling a part exclusive to the female anatomy and take to the streets.

Here, in America, they have the freedom to put such things on their heads and take to the streets...

We may not all be outraged about the same things or react in the same fashion, but here in America, we are free to respond or react (as long as it is peaceful and does no harm)

This picture of a crowd of people in North Korea, isn't spontaneous, it isn't free thought and free expression in action and in most cases, if not all, their presence at this event and others like it, is completely against their will!

  • It is all staged
  • It is all for show

These people do not have a choice, they are truly living under tyranny, they are truly living under a Dictatorship!

These people know that if they want to hold on to the little they have, if they want to stay out of prison, if they want to continue to go is mandatory, that they not only attend these events, their performance must be convincing!

They are so cutoff from the rest of the world that the majority of them are clueless as to what is beyond their borders. They are not free to travel in their own Country, much less abroad.

Many do not know that they are prisoners already and that the rest of the world lives a completely different lifestyle.

They are continually fed lies about the outside world, including the United States.

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The North Korean people were dealt a massive blow, when their side went the way of Communism, they truly became the forgotten ones.

After a flash of freedom, they were right back where they started...under the control of others.

They were now taking their marching orders from Soviet Russia and Communist China and the Kim family would soon begin their terrorist reign.

While their southern counterpart would stay an Independent Republic, thanks to the successful war effort of the U.S. and Allied Forces, the unfortunate North would be receiving all that Communism gives...

...absolutely nothing!

Difficult Plight

While it has never been easy for North Koreans, many wonder if things have only gotten worse for them under Kim Jong-un. His Father was certainly no prize, but didn't seem to crave the attention that the son craves. Regardless of the type of attention he is receiving, that in itself makes him more dangerous.

Many believe he is all talk and not to be taken seriously. But then, most didn't take Adolph Hitler very seriously either.

Whatever the case, he cannot and should not be trusted. I believe we have witnessed enough from him to realize that to be the case!

in the meantime, what of the people of North Korea, those on the wrong side of the 38th Parallel?

What of them?

We have some idea, but just don't know what all goes on, theirs is a very secretive society.

Some that have been able to journey there, although with constant oversight and others that have escaped, have described abject poverty. They've spoken of children begging in the streets and they've described the North Korean people as being very thin. (I guess portly can only be applied to the portly one himself) their Leader, which they are constantly subjected to 24-7. His portrait is everywhere, his face and the faces of those who Ruled before are on marquees everywhere.

Literally, everywhere!

The streets aren't filled with the daily hustle and bustle as experienced in most Nations.

There is no traffic, for there are no cars, the only sounds to be heard are the sounds of propaganda being cranked out in steady streams throughout the land.

What will become of the people of North Korea that never had a choice, they never sought to be under Communist Rule?

Can they survive this latest Dictator?

Can they survive Kim Jong-un?

If they survive him, can they survive war, if it is thrust upon them, due to the actions and regular threats of this unhinged Dictator?

I know they must long for that period from long ago...for those fortunate enough to have heard the stories passed down from one generation to the next. Stories about their Beloved and Special Place on Earth, so tranquil and so beautiful, not just any description would do.....

The Land once known as 'The Morning Calm'.

As early as the 1100's b.c., proud Koreans have referred to their Country as "chosen, the land of morning calm."

As early as the 1100's b.c., proud Koreans have referred to their Country as "chosen, the land of morning calm."

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2017 Angie B Williams


Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on July 27, 2018:

It’s a beginning.....

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on June 12, 2018:

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on June 12, 2018:

"We have decided to leave the past behind us." - Kim Jong-un

The historic summit between the United States and North Korea has taken place and they have an agreement.

North Korea has agreed to denuclearization, through the process, sanctions will remain in place.

The U.S. has agreed to security assurances and assistance in growing N. Korea's economy.

Back when I wrote this article, I never considered anything like this would happen, it is far from a done deal, but the wheels are in motion.

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on May 10, 2018:

Yes Paula, it must be a sad existence, to not even be able to cheer on great news such as this!

I hope these men will find the right treatment to help them reacclimate into an environment far removed from what they've been forced to live in for the past year or so.

I was thinking about this earlier....

How will the North Korean people react to a coming together with the southern portion of their Country. (depending on the upcoming meeting)A world unlike anything most of them have ever known! It will be overwhelming!!

Suzie from Carson City on May 10, 2018:

Right, Angie...It is wonderful news. It is an amazing day for these released prisoners, their families & loved ones and those of us who can fully appreciate this event and celebrate with them and for them.

Sadly, as we know, for the haters who insist upon their hatred & ugliness despite circumstances and events deserving of acknowledgement & praise.....they will not only ignore these things, somehow in some twisted way, they will find fault of some kind.....ANY kind! Such sick, sick individuals. They are to be pitied.

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on May 10, 2018:

Such wonderful news to wake up to!

It is so nice to see the smiling faces of these men, all looking to be in much better shape than Otto Warmbier was, home on American soil!

Robert Sacchi on May 09, 2018:

That is good news. I'm very happy for; Kim Dong-chul, Kim Sang-duk, and Kim Hak-song.

There was some heavy fighting in Korea. Many combat veterans don't want to talk about their experiences. Sometimes combat veterans stay quiet for many years then talk about their experiences.

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on May 09, 2018:

Hallelujah...American hostages are homeward bound!

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on May 04, 2018:

Hi Robert -

I talked to my cousin about his Dad's time in Korea. He said that his Dad never talked about it and he never asked about it.

Not sure if I'll pursue this.

It is looking promising for three prisoners to be released from North Korea (if they've been released, haven't heard) I pray they're not in the shape that Otto Warmbier was in.

Whatever happens from this point, Kim must answer for his wicked ways.

Robert Sacchi on April 30, 2018:

That should be interesting.

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on April 30, 2018:

I will see my Uncle at a family reunion this summer and I plan to ask him about Korea and his thoughts on these latest positive developments.

His body is deteriorating, his mind is still sharp.

Robert Sacchi on April 30, 2018:

When I was gong to go to Korea, in 1985, some Korean War veterans I knew didn't think Korea had or could advance. It was a backward place during the war and many still had the M*A*S*H view of Korea.

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on April 30, 2018:

Not to my knowledge. He is in a nursing home now, so not looking as if he will ever go back.

He was able to visit the Korean War Veterans Memorial in D.C.

Robert Sacchi on April 29, 2018:

You're welcome. Has your uncle ever gone back to Korea?

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on April 29, 2018:

Thank you Robert for commenting.

My Uncle, still living, served in the Korean War. He married my Aunt and then went to Korea. I wanted to delve into the history of North and South Korea a little more and this was the result.

The bulk of my information comes from my childhood world book encyclopedia. The timeline of events mentions the 38th parallel, I do appreciate any and all clarifications.

Thanks again. A.B.

Robert Sacchi on April 29, 2018:

Thanks for posting. It is amazing the contrast between the two Koreas. The famed satellite photo showing the brightly lit South with the dark North illustrates that well. Koreas as hopeful about the latest gestures. Time will tell if it's justified. The 38th Parallel is a misnomer. The Demarcation Line has some of the Peninsula below the 38th Parallel is under control of the North. Much of the Demarcation is north of the 38th Parallel.

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on April 27, 2018:

I agree, I sure do not want to see the world fawning over him, as they did his sister at the Olympics, as if he is now suddenly something special.

I see that you got your HRC jab in. I don't think anyone will ever see her as anything special....

I can at least imagine her in prison orange or stripes (do they still do stripes?)

The Logician from then to now on on April 27, 2018:

You know you mentioned Jong-un's crimes. I don't understand how or why anyone thinks this guy shouldn't be totally removed from that country and punished for crimes against humanity - nothing less than that by whatever means necessary to remove him. To allow such a criminal to remain in any kind of power is abhortent to the world order. I'm not saying that should be our stated approach but it has to be the eventual end result of any policy or negotiations with his regime. Otherwise it's like allowing Hiliary Clinton to skate free from her crimes, it says just because you have the right connections you are above the law, can rule with no regard for human rights or the security of the world and opens the door for other tyrants to follow his lead fearing no deterrents to remaining in power.

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on April 27, 2018:

Wow! When I wrote this article I never expected to hear the words "The Korean War to end."

Kim Jong-un on the soil of South Korea, shaking the hand of President Moon Jae-in, in end this 65 year old war, *officially (*North and South have been in armistice; an agreement was signed in 1953 to end fighting, while they have remained divided, this handshake is the beginning of the formalities to reunite)

This is an historic moment and there is still a process, (it is not a done deal yet) but things are moving forward in a positive direction for the first time in many decades.

I pray that Kim Jong-un has seen the light (or had his life flash before him!), will he give up nukes? Will he serve time for crimes against his people?

A lot remains to be seen.

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on February 12, 2018:

While I am so glad that Korea is, as one, at the Winter Olympics, it is a BIG MISTAKE to give Kim Jong-un's little sister, such superstar status.

This 'fawning' over Kim Yo Jong is very curious to me...does the media not understand her role, 2nd in command to her big (not so big!!) brother and ONLY because KJ-u murdered the other brother, in line.

They are brutal dictators, that does not change because the Olympics have come to town.

My prayer is that the athletes, their families, their neighbors and anyone else that can possibly escape...find a way to leave North Korea behind and never look back!!

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on February 09, 2018:

Korea as One, at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

May this be a new beginning!

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on September 05, 2017:

In America....

"We should not be comfortable with the largest military power in the world bullying a small isolated Country and terrorizing the people of that region. A nightmare for the Korean people, nightmare for humanity" - Refuse Facism

One would ASSUME....witness the terrorism of one such as Kim Jong un, and his terrorizing of his own people. Witness not only his nuclear threats, but witnesss his constant abusive use of missles (Japan is presently evacuating citizens)and know (without a doubt) that Kim IS the dangerous one! He is the one that must be stopped.

("No American President can tolerate a unhinged North Korean leader. This Administration is painting a bleak picture for the Chinese, the only ones with any leverage." - Condaleeza Rice)

Meaning China must cut-off trade with North Korea in an effort to avoid military solutions.

But.... don't make assumptions, don't think you know what Hate America First anti-America groups , such as Refuse Facism...siding with North Korea...are thinking or are working toward!

Groups such as this may not be as dangerous as the North Korean dictator, but they are dangerous!

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on August 31, 2017:

Assumptions should never be made, not when it comes to loose cannons such as KJu.

Praying that his reign...shall soon end!

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on August 26, 2017:

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on August 15, 2017:

I've been hearing News reports that Kim Jong-un is backing off a little and I've heard reports that he definitely has not.

Per usual with him, we just never really know do we?

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on August 14, 2017:

Thank you Paula. I agree, it is very frustrating.

I am glad you enjoy my articles;what's more...that I am making some sense! lol

So many things, do not make any sense.

Suzie from Carson City on August 14, 2017:

ab....I appreciate this mini-tutorial of N. Korea. To be reminded of the history and sequence of events is so necessary for the rest of the world to even begin to understand the dire situation, lack of freedoms & poverty of a people and why this is.

You're right, ab. They really know no better, nothing more. They have been imprisoned in a country cut off from those who are independent republics.

Perhaps this unstable, unworthy dictator will be his own undoing, if only the end of him could occur without the already oppressed people facing more tragedies and loss.

I have a tendency to become terribly frustrated and angry that the U.S. has not or is unable to take peaceful but firm actions to force the crazed leaders of N. Korea to vastly improve conditions for it's people...yet we must always RE-act to dangers as those which exist currently.

You always make sense ab. Thank you for your articles. Paula

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 14, 2017:

Thanks, I know it is all tragic and happening today but the history is really fascinating from many angles.

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on August 14, 2017:

Thank you Eric.

This is what I found in my research:

July 27, 1953 -Truce agreement signed, all fighting ended at 10:00p.m.

October 26, 1953 - Allied and Communist Representatives began a series of meetings to set a time and place for a Peace Conference.

Representatives of each Country that fought (including Russia) met in Geneva, Switzerland in 1954. The Conference failed at unification.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 14, 2017:

Really well done. I like your view point on the country. I was looking it up and there is no end to the war. There is an armistice but no treaty and no declaration that the war is over.

Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on August 14, 2017:

So true Jackie. I can name a dozen 'leaders' off the top of my head that would love to keep us all under their thumb.

The only direction that we need to be moving here in the States, is back toward the U.S. Constitution. The further we allow our elected officials to stray from the one thing that stands between liberty and tyranny, the more numbered our days.

My prayer is for us to get past this very volatile situation and for there to be a United Korea some day.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on August 13, 2017:

Many leaders in this country would like to have the same control over us. It is actually their goal and sadly many play right into their hands. We don't need any rights taken away. None.

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