Saturday, January 27, 2007

Understanding the Rogue Tiger: Blog of Interest on North Korea

North Korea is notorious for its reputation as a member of the Axis of Evil. We hear negative information, from nuclear proliferation, dictatorship, poverty, famine, to abduction. This country has been isolated from the global community for many years, and people understand too little about the Rogue Tiger in North East Asia.

Today, I would like to introduce an interesting blog, entitled “North Korea Zone”, which is published by nine authors from the United States, Britain, and Australia. They have various ideological backgrounds, but share common interests in Far Eastern politics. You can understand this ruthless villain from various perspectives.

Recent posts argue inside story of the North Korean government and the Sunshine policy of South Korea. In the former post, the author analyzes domestic political struggle for post Kim Jong Il leadership. In the latter post, the author reviews an article “Concerted Front” by Brian Myers in the Wall Street Journal on December 24, 2006. The author criticizes that Myers focus too much on South Korean nationalism to help North Korea. Instead, he claims that the Sunshine policy is motivated by practical incentives of South Koreans.

“North Korea Zone” has numerous links to news sources, the government, NGOs, and blogs. More importantly, this blog is linked to North Korean sources, including those of defectors. Some of them are written in Korean. Those who understand this language can learn further information and viewpoints by North Koreans. Unfortunately, I do not understand Korean at all. I will read English links only.

I hope you will find this link helpful. If you want to join intellectual and depth in analysis discussion on North Korea, I recommend “North Korea Zone” without hesitation. I believe we must not compromise with the Rogue Tiger. However, we must watch and analyze the demon very carefully. This evil is extremely vulpine, and he is dexterous in imposing humiliation on the United States and Japan, unless they are well prepared.

Picture: Japanese daimyo, Kato Kiyomasa (late 16th century) struggles with a Korean tiger on his military mission in Korea. He is really a Japanese Hercules.