South Africa’s ANC Youth Have Much Love for Kim Jong – Il

South Africa’s ANC Youth Have Much Love for Kim Jong – Il

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Most Western world leaders and organizations have been relatively mum about the passing of North Korean dictator Kim Jong – Il. This is not surprising: Kim Jong –Il was considered a volatile kook with access to nukes and most leaders in Europe and North America couldn’t stand him.

I’m sure President Obama did a high five with some of his DOD friends when he got the news. However, it’s important to note that other nations, beyond the typical gadflies like Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez,  had a much different view of Kim Jong – Il and have expressed their sadness in much more powerful ways.

The ANC Youth League has long been known as one of the most aggressive and progressive elements of modern South African politics.  Their actions, some violent and some explicitly political, have put them in the crosshairs of South African political leaders on more than one occasion. But, in a move of solidarity with a fellow ‘comrade’ in communism the Youth League has put forth one of the most glowing and effusive eulogies of the fallen “Dear Leader” that any political organization has released publicly. ANC Youth Leader Abner Mosaase praised Kim Jong – Il for taking his people out of poverty, ending homelessness, cleaning up the environment and defending North Korea from the imperialists in the South and the West.

Now, let’s overlook the fact that by all accounts North Korea is an environmental and human rights nightmare the likes of which even makes the Chinese squeamish. That is not what’s interesting about the ANCYL letter. The real kicker for those of us not living in South Africa is that this letter is a reminder of the still very strong communist sentiments that exist in South Africa: A nation that hosted the World Cup last year and is still considered one of the continent’s shining examples of capitalist progress.

Communist nations like China, Cuba and South Korea were instrumental in arming and training the ANC during their decades long battles against apartheid while the United States and Europe looked the other way as long as we kept getting cheap diamonds. Even in this glowing post-apartheid and capitalist era, a major wing of the ruling African National Congress party is still praising a man that the United States labeled a member of the Axis of Evil just a few years ago. This isn’t necessarily something that should keep us up at night, but it is another indicator of the disconnect between U.S. opinion about other world leaders and just about everyone else in the 3rd world.

Dr. Jason Johnson, Politic365 Chief Political Correspondent, is a professor of Political Science at Hiram College in Ohio and author of the book Political Consultants and Campaigns: One Day to Sell. You can read more at www.drjasonjohnson.com or follow him on Twitter @Drjasonjohnson

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  1. "ANC Youth Leader Abner Mosaase praised Kim Jong – Il for taking his people out of poverty, ending homelessness, cleaning up the environment and defending North Korea from the imperialists in the South and the West."

    I guess this ANC youth leader defines history as anything you want, and never let the facts get in the way. Here are some facts (just ignore them)
    1. Starting in 1994, when Kim Jong Il took over, the economy shrank, per capita incomes fell, famine killed more than a million people, and the country became dependent on emergency U.N. food aid to stave off further famines. North Korea became the world’s first and only industrialized economy to lose the capacity to feed itself. Of course, Zimbabwe also lost that capacity, but it isn't industrialized.
    2. GDP per capita: Qatar-$80,000 USA-$45,000 SK-$30,000 Russia-$15,600 Botswana-$15,200 SA-$10,700 NK-$1800 Zimbabwe-$500. NK is closer to Zimbabwe than to South Africa. SK is closer to the USA.
    3. NK is an apartheid state. Those in Communist party get homes, jobs, privileges, and get out jail free cards. Those not in the party literally starve – a million of them. They are also arrested, imprisoned, beaten, raped, and killed without any recourse, just like blacks were under Apartheid.
    4. NK is an aggressive military state with nuclear bombs, just like the Apartheid government.
    5. NK has a centrally planned economy, that is, you can do nothing without the proper ID card, membership, license, approval and stamp, effectively the pass laws on steroids.
    6. NK is a dictatorship, and worse, a patrilineal tyranny.

    So when the ANC vocally comes out in favor of apartheid, the pass system, starving political enemies, patrilineal succession, government mandated poverty, an aggressive war state, nuclear bombs, and tyrannical dictatorship, it is time to get rid of the ANC.

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