Koreans reaffirm self-reliance and socialism
Published Jan 11, 2009 5:30 PM
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was the very first country in
the world to successfully repel an all-out U.S. invasion and war.
U.S. strategists had seen the 1950-53 conflict as an essential element of the
Cold War. Their aim was to roll back the socialist revolutions that in many
parts of the world had been sweeping out comprador capitalist regimes
subservient to the colonial powers. The U.S. ruling class, presiding over an
enormous productive apparatus undamaged by World War II, was hungry for raw
materials and markets and viewed Korea, a former colony of Japan, as ripe for
But the mass resistance and sacrifice of the Korean people, led by Kim Il Sung,
defeated the Pentagon war machine and kept the northern part of the peninsula
out of the clutches of the imperialists.
That strong spirit of resistance, self-reliance and commitment to building
socialism could be seen once again in the recent joint New Year’s
editorial of the DPRK’s leading newspapers—Rodong Sinmun,
Josoninmingun and Chongnyonjonwi. This annual message conveys to the people the
accomplishments and challenges that have been met in the outgoing year and what
the Workers Party of Korea sees as the most important tasks for the future.
The editorial stresses “our Party’s invariable will to build a
powerful socialist country” and recalls that since the war ended in 1953
it has “built on the war debris a strong country independent in politics,
self-supporting in the economy and self-reliant in national defense.”
Summing up the last year as one of “improving technology and boosting
food production,” the editorial said that, “Collectivism and
self-reliance are our peculiar mode of revolution and nothing is better than
this. ... Science and technology must be the basis of economic
development.” And it added that “The working class is the main
force in the building of an economic power.”
Korea has been divided ever since World War II and U.S. troops still occupy the
south. For decades military dictators ruled South Korea with Washington’s
blessing and were openly hostile to the DPRK. However, after great mass
struggles there, somewhat more liberal governments were elected. In the 1990s,
a process of dialogue with the north opened up and important agreements were
reached to move toward some form of reunification.
In the past year, however, this process has been set back after a right-wing
government took power in the south.
The editorial puts great stress on renewing the struggle for reunification.
“The country’s reunification is the unanimous aspiration of the
fellow countrymen and the supreme and urgent task for the nation. ... The
national reunification movement ... faced a grave challenge due to the advent
of the conservative authorities in south Korea last year.
“The drift of affairs last year shows that national reunification can be
accelerated only through the determined struggle against the moves of the
partitionist forces inside and outside the country.
“We should reenergize the national reunification movement this year under
the slogan ‘Advance dynamically along the road of independent
reunification under the banner of the June 15 Joint Declaration and the October
“All the Korean people should resolutely check and foil the maneuvers of
the anti-reunification forces that run counter to the trend of the times
towards independent reunification [and are] steeped in pro-U.S. sycophancy and
hostility towards the fellow countrymen.”
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