Our man in Seoul, Dan Pinkston, alerted us to another cock-eyed KCNA homage, this time to the sesquicentennial (that’s 150th anniversary to us regular folks) of the Battle of Gettysburg. In a recent story, KCNA turned General Thurmond, commander of US Forces Korea, into General Sherman, albeit James D., not William T., but bent on invasion in any event. And before the re-enactor crowd goes nuts, I am aware that William T. Sherman was at Vicksburg, not Gettysburg, on this day 150 years ago.
For more appropriate remembrance of Gettysburg, Steph Haggard suggested this recent column by David Brooks in the New York Times.
But Pak Rim Su, chief of the Panmunjom Mission of the Korean People’s Army, got one thing right in his demarche to General Thurmond/Sherman: “You had better bear in mind that those igniting a war are destined to meet a miserable destruction while a great victory is in store for the guardians of justice.” After the losses of Gettysburg July 3, and Vicksburg, July 4, 1863, the war turned inexorably against the Confederacy. Brig. Gen. P. G. T. Beauregard’s artillery had initiated the conflict little more than two years earlier at Fort Sumter. I wonder how KCNA parses that.