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    Re: Video of grief and mass hysteria in North Korea

    I think it's an important lesson to see what kind of power the State can have over people if rights and freedoms are abolished. NK is an extreme, I admit, but... it shows you that it can definitely be done, and is still being done today. These people were raised to think Kim Jong-il and his family are akin to the divine right of kings. Imagine one of your holy beings suddenly dying. It wouldn't be much different than suddenly finding out that you just lost your savior.

    Others in this thread are right though... there is also pressure to grieve because the State is watching and they will use their opportunity to spot non-conformists. And surely there is some Stockholme syndrome in there too.

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    Re: Video of grief and mass hysteria in North Korea

    I saw this ridiculous hysteria on YouTube. I'm sure they are insincere.

    I don't know the details on the aid given to NK, but if it's helping to keep the poor from starving and dying, then it shouldn't be stopped. If the authorities in NK are siphoning/taking that aid, then I'm not sure what the best option would be.

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    Re: Video of grief and mass hysteria in North Korea

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    I saw this ridiculous hysteria on YouTube. I'm sure they are insincere.

    I don't know the details on the aid given to NK, but if it's helping to keep the poor from starving and dying, then it shouldn't be stopped. If the authorities in NK are siphoning/taking that aid, then I'm not sure what the best option would be.
    This is always the tricky thing with food aid to North Korea.

    The official state ideaology basically dictates that the military comes first. The military does get quite a bit of that food aid.

    However the North Korean government still has to give people food in order to keep as many people as they can onside.

    The lack of food aid in the last few years has had a devestating effect on NK's armed forces, which while still fed if you can use that term is hungry, while many other parts of the country scenes like this play out...



    But unfortunately due to North Koreas tight regime it's literally impossible to know the full extent of the food problem in North Korea, but we assume it's biblical.

    Whether it's on the same scale as the famine in the 90's which we think killed millions is not clear yet.

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    That's the dumbest video I've ever seen.

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    Re: Video of grief and mass hysteria in North Korea

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    I agree with the OP. Either these people are incredibly brainwashed or they cry out of fear for their government. Either that, or they are being paid to mourn. I noticed they seemed to be wailing and not necessarily crying with tears. Regardless, Kim can't hear their cries in hell
    No one is getting paid to mourn, why would they be getting paid? North Koreans must cry over Kim's death, there is no other option. To not cry would raise suspicion against you and your family, to not show enough grief would place you in ill standing at your local work unit. On top of that there's always the genuine tears, when you are told a man is a God your entire life you start believing it. You cannot listen to that amount of propaganda and not have some part of your brain fearful once the God is gone, regardless of what you think to yourself. Those kinds who know no better are almost entirely hopeless, I'd believe most of them are genuine tears

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    Re: Video of grief and mass hysteria in North Korea

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    I saw this ridiculous hysteria on YouTube. I'm sure they are insincere.

    I don't know the details on the aid given to NK, but if it's helping to keep the poor from starving and dying, then it shouldn't be stopped. If the authorities in NK are siphoning/taking that aid, then I'm not sure what the best option would be.
    Just proves that you know nothing about North Korea.
    The people there have been brainwashed. Just imagine this: You've been raised your entire life believing that Kim-Jung-Il and Kim-Il-Sung are demigods. Heroes. Something like George Washington or Jesus. They, of course, don't hear the bad things that Kim-Jung-Il and Kim-Il-Sung commit. The state propaganda machine is the only source of information they get. NK propaganda teaches them that they live better than South Korea and the US, and is morally better. Wouldn't you cry if George Washington died in the present?
    Of course, some do know what a horrid regime they live under, but many, probably the majority really believe in Kim-Jung-Il and Kim-Il-Sung.
    For those that don't truly mourn, they have to act like it, because the result will be obvious
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    Re: Video of grief and mass hysteria in North Korea

    Quote Originally Posted by Proud South Korean View Post
    Just proves that you know nothing about North Korea.
    The people there have been brainwashed. Just imagine this: You've been raised your entire life believing that Kim-Jung-Il and Kim-Il-Sung are demigods. Heroes. Something like George Washington or Jesus. They, of course, don't hear the bad things that Kim-Jung-Il and Kim-Il-Sung commit. The state propaganda machine is the only source of information they get. NK propaganda teaches them that they live better than South Korea and the US, and is morally better. Wouldn't you cry if George Washington died in the present?
    Of course, some do know what a horrid regime they live under, but many, probably the majority really believe in Kim-Jung-Il and Kim-Il-Sung.
    For those that don't truly mourn, they have to act like it, because the result will be obvious
    I consider brainwashed behavior to be insincere. Thoses who aren't brainwashed are undoubtedly acting, thus insincere as well.

    You would be wrong to say that I "know nothing about North Korea," PSK.

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    Re: Video of grief and mass hysteria in North Korea

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    I consider brainwashed behavior to be insincere.
    Someone who is brainwashed genuinely believes what they say and think. By definition that makes them sincere.
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    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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    Re: Video of grief and mass hysteria in North Korea

    Meh...Im guesing it is no more legit than


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    Re: Video of grief and mass hysteria in North Korea

    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalEvilDan View Post
    Someone who is brainwashed genuinely believes what they say and think. By definition that makes them sincere.
    Oh well.

    It's not my idea of "sincere." But if that's accurate, it's accurate.

    I find the people in that video to be foolish.

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