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Ultra nationalism and Genocide in North Korea
Transcript of Ultra nationalism and Genocide in North Korea
An intense devotion to or advocacy of the interests of a nation. If ultra nationalism is taken to an extreme level by a leader or a government, it can often be characterized by severe authoritarianism and repression. As a result, ultra nationalism can be a catalyst of Genocide.
A Threat To The Regime
Since 1949, North Korea has considered itself to be a true and superior race. Under the direction of Kim Il-sung, North Korea would do anything to protect the country and race. People who were not accepted by the regime like Christians, and people who were considered a threat to the state, would be placed in prison camps or detention facilities. These people were often subjected to punishment and torture. This is an example of Classification.
My Way or the Highway
Under the Authoritarian government "North Korea maintained a rigid state-controlled system". Despite economic hardship and poverty, North Korea chose to strengthen its military rather than feed its people.
Getting away with murder
The United Nations has discovered what appears to be torture and gas chambers used for mass killings. Some guards and officials who helped carry out some of these organized massacres have attempted to speak out but nothing ever happens. Genocide is still taking place in North Korea but the world seems to quietly forget about it. This is a classic example of Denial.
Enemy of the State
North Korea sees the United States, South Korea and any American allies as a threat. North Korea continues to increase its military strength and conducts inappropriate nuclear missile tests as a way of intimidating its apparent enemies. The North Korean government creates propaganda aimed at criticizing its enemies. The propaganda is also aimed at providing justification for its actions. Anything American or Western is forbidden. Some of these behaviours are an example of Symbolization.
Obey or be Punished
The North Korean Regime has many government owned detention facilities and jails that are organized and operated in order to punish those who do not meet the regimes expectations. "North Koreans deemed ‘unloyal’ to the regime or otherwise ‘politically undesirable’ are sent to prison camps and detention centers for life. There are more than 200,000 North Koreans incarcerated, including children, who face torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment". These institutions and behaviors are examples of Organization, Dehumanization, and Polarization.
Ethnic Cleansing and Racial Purity
Because of the North Korean Regimes paranoid obsession with racial purity, the state would often segregate refugees, undesirables, Christians and other religious groups. The state would carry out forced abortions and infanticide when the off-spring was not of true North Korean parents. The government would seek and destroy babies of mixed ethnic backgrounds. These groups were rounded up and sent to concentration camps where they were tortured and murdered. These heinous actions were carried out as a form of religious, ethnic and national cleansing. These behaviors are examples of Preparation and Extermination.