Saturday, March 23, 2013

N. Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspects special forces unit


The importance of nK SOF to the Regime might be illustrated here.  Excerpt:
The visit occurred Friday, with the North's official news wire service stressing there was "profound meaning" in Kim checking of the unit, although it did not elaborate on details.
So does that mean the next provocation will be conducted by nK SOF?

But this excerpt from Adrian Buzo's book, Guerrilla Dynasty, helps to explain the reason for the emphasis on SOF and the reason for the "profound meaning" of the visit (and also explains a lot about nK culture):

In the course of this struggle against factional opponents, for the first time Kim began to emphasize nationalism as a means of rallying the population to the enormous sacrifices needed for post-war recovery.  This was a nationalism that first took shape in the environment of the anti-Japanese guerrilla movement and developed into a creed through the destruction of both the non-Communist nationalist forces and much of the leftist intellectual tradition of the domestic Communists.  Kim’s nationalism did not draw inspiration from Korean history, nor did it dwell on past cultural achievements, for the serious study of history and traditional culture soon effectively ceased in the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea].  Rather, DPRK nationalism drew inspiration from the Spartan outlook of the former Manchurian guerrillas.  It was a harsh nationalism that dwelt on past wrongs and promises of retribution for “national traitors” and their foreign backers.  DPRK nationalism stressed the “purity” of all things Korean against the “contamination” of foreign ideas, and inculcated in the population a sense of fear and animosity toward the outside world.  Above all, DPRK nationalism stressed that the guerrilla ethos was not only the supreme, but also the only legitimate basis on which to reconstitute a reunified Korea. (emphasis added)
V/R
Dave

2013/03/23 10:00 KST


N. Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspects special forces unit
SEOUL, March 23 (Yonhap) -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspected a special forces unit and was briefed on its mission and training status, state media reported Saturday.

   The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) monitored in Seoul said Kim, who holds the rank of Marshal in the Korean People's Army, toured the headquarters element of Unit 1973.

  

The visit occurred Friday, with the North's official news wire service stressing there was "profound meaning" in Kim checking of the unit, although it did not elaborate on details.

   It said the commanding officer briefed Kim, with the leader emphasizing that all service personnel be fully prepared to defend the country and remain faithful to the goal of national unification.

   "Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il attached importance to this unit and it is the unit he regards as the most important and the Party trusts," the KCNA quoting the leader said. Kim Il-sung is the founder of North Korea and the incumbent leader's grandfather, while Kim Jong-il is his son, who died in late 2011 and left power to Kim Jong-un.

   The North Korean leader has been making regular trips to military units and overseeing drills as well as giving instructions on preparedness of troops as the communist country has ratcheted up tensions on the Korean Peninsula after it detonated its third nuclear device on Feb. 12.
(Continued at the link below)

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