“Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name. For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.” – Psalm 30:4-5
The internet is abuzz today with quite a few different story lines that are crying out for commentary. Unfortunately, it’s late, and I’m tired. I’ll pick the rest up tomorrow (hopefully). For now, a quick note on North Korea.
ABC (apparently an Australian division) is reporting on new secret footage shot from beyond the 38th parallel in North Korea (story here). I’ve attached the video link to the news story below.
The story notes that children are begging for food in the streets – this is nothing new in the DPRK. However, it also notes that now apparently even the military is running out of food. Bad news for commander Kim.
If the story is legitimate, then it spells doom for Kim Jong-Un, but hope to the rest of the dying country. One suspects that a frustrated military, once the high-class, now starving like the rest of the country, is simply biding its time until “dear leader” assumes room temperature. Why risk going up against a maniacal, brutal murderer like Kim Jong-Il, when he’s on death’s door? Better to wait for the transition of power to “commander Kim” – who may not last a full 24 hours before the military drop kicks him and sets up their own dictatorship. Perhaps the next leader won’t last long either and the whole bit will unravel.
Cheap shot of the day: special thanks to Jimmy Carter for helping Kim Jong-Il stay in power when he was on the verge of collapse. Actions have consequences Jimmy, actions have consequences.
Political/economic commentary: North Korea represents the logical extreme of state control. When the state moves beyond “defense of individual liberties” to “making the world a better place” it does so at great peril. State control leads to only one logical conclusion. The governing class sets itself up as god-men (to one degree or another) and lords power over the rest, demanding their subservience and using their productive capacity to lavish good upon the ruling class itself. Is this what we want for our country? Why would we choose it? Why would we choose even a snippet of it?
Pray for deliverance for the North Koreans. This thing really could come off without a shot (or without many shots) being fired. A nation has been held under the thumb of the oppressor for long enough. May their deliverance come soon. May the rest of us be prepared against that day. (Perhaps we should put a little seed corn back to feed the hungry when the doors finally open.)