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Pyongyang Blues

Israeli journalist Sever Plocker has penned one of the most impassioned pieces against the NY Philharmonic’s visit to North Korea. Far from being a “neo-con,” Plocker is actually a central figure in Israel‘s left-leaning journalistic establishment, and tends to sympathize with the Democrats on internal American debates. Yet when it comes to Pyongyang, he simply cannot understand why Americans are so thrilled. He writes:

America’s cultural elite has embraced the darkest, maddest, and most murderous regime on earth, North Korean communism. This is the regime that starved to death at least five million of its own citizens and eliminated as many as two million “subversive elements” in purges that continue to this very day.

I watched the live broadcasts of American networks, I read the stories published in US newspapers, and I was horrified. What happened to the journalists’ and newscasters’ natural sense of criticism? What happened to their liberal point of view? Apparently they melted in the snow that covered the empty streets and dark villages of North Korea’s police and terror state.

I recommend you read the entire piece.



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