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Last month it was jubilations galore at the world of Koryo. The Koreans both in their physical and spiritual world clink glasses of victory over the reckless excesses of imperialism. Their long awaited freedom of unity, brotherhood and fraternity came to pass with opening of the first post imperial demarcation train crossing across the demarcated zones of cultural shame and political insanity. This symbolic feat is an indication of the many things coming as far as the unity of the two separated families is concern.
Historically, the Koreans are men of liberty living in the bowels of freedom. They are not only well cultured, but they are human species that are open to values and pride that could not afford them the luxury of being enslaved, not by imperial Japan, nor by the west as symbolized by America. They resisted political colonialism, abhors economic dependency, rejected the boundless excesses of capitalism, fought blind and aggressive demand of westernization and finally dealt a deadly blow on socio-economic and political isolationism.
For over four decades now, the peoples of the two Koreans have been praying hard against their separation. Across their artificial boarder lines songs were sung, letters of love and solidarity were written, flowers were grown as symbols of hope and life for the separated families. In their war against this inhumanity, they found succor and relief in their sound of silence. Outside their official and state positions, the two Koreans are one and the same. They have more in commonality than in differences. Their names, culture, language, history and world outlook are all the same. It is less surprising to see them dismantling this monster they all collectively love to hate.
I had the opportunity to be in the peninsular last four months courtesy of an invitation by the Korean Academy of Social Sciences[KASS]. What I saw was like the eight wonders of the world. On my way to the area I was more than equipped with the piece of propaganda that was the hallmark of western media in particular and indeed the media in general. The picture I had in my mind was that of a country where the entire fabric of social and economic existence was comatose. A country where dead bodies outnumbered the living ones. A place where starvation is a norm and nutrition a rare privilege. A nation of absolute deprivation and scarcity at a critical level. The plethora of lies and heaps of propaganda that I and the rest of my country men were infested with got evaporated few days into my visit in that country. At worst, one could sum up the situation in the Korea as a nation and a people who prefer isolation than slavery, sacrifice than surrender, rights than privileges and security than mere deceitful assurances. Especially in a world that is more interested in the material than the human. Or worlds where majority of its people are unrepentant thieves.
Today the Democratic peoples Republic of Korea(DPRK) is standing tall amidst international enmity and hatred. It is like a colossus bestriding the capitalist west and imperialism without fear or apology. It is a symbol of not only freedom but a bastion of, and citadel of political sovereignty. It defines socio-economic self reliance in a manner that is ultra-pragmatist. Infact, what makes the Korean experience legendry and a legacy for mankind especially those who aspires to human dignity and honour, is their tenacity and capability in safeguarding and securing themselves from foreign and imperial occupation. Their spirit of self defense, security and strategic thinking is second to none.
The DPRK is free today not because it is not on the menu list of the west. It is free because despite its aromatic and appetizing effect on the west, it could not be consumed like Afghanistan and Iraq because unlike the two, in Korea, the policy of Songum is the shield of the koryo. And the beginning of wisdom for the west is the fear of the Songum; else the west will get songummed eternally. In the last fifty years, the Korean people have done exceptionally well in spite of stiff and deep seated hatred, animosities and sabotage by the west. Their tenacity and perseverance is a testimony to the efficacy of the Juche philosophy on one hand, and on the other the futurological genius ness of their leader and founder, comrade Kim Il Sung of blessed memory.
As I salute their courage and candor, may I appeal that this train crossing as historical as it is should not be celebrated in isolation of other more pressing realities like dismantling all imperial protocols, treaties, armistices, state and diplomatic restrictions, economic and cultural blockades and most importantly, the wiping away of the artificial line across the 38 degrees parallel dividing the North and the South. More so, in their desperate effort to re-unite they must not forget about their common enemy who may be lurking around to snatch their happiness and turn it to sorrow. In the spirit of koryo and as a member of the Juche family, I say congratulations and we look forward to seeing more of these victories over and over again.
Dr. Abubakar Sadeeque Abba
Dept of Political Science
University of Abuja