I know that at some point we're going to have to stop all these "not satire" posts but the death of Kim Jong-il appears to have unleashed a torrent of commentary that is beyond imagination. We'll skip the condolences from Bashar Assad (Kim Jong-il made “a great contribution to the development of the friendly relations between Syria and the DPRK”--until the Israelis blew up that reactor) and go straight to what has to be the mother of all "not satire" pieces, the condolences expressed by the Youth League of the African National Congress. For those of you not familiar with South African politics, the ANC is the ruling party that thoroughly dominates the political landscape. Its Youth League is a redoubt of radicalism and if it represents anything beyond the personal ambitions of its leaders, it is a constituency of disaffected youth that prosperity has eluded in post-apartheid South Africa. With bilateral trade between South Korea and South Africa running at roughly $4 billion annually (and South Africa running a surplus at that), one might have hoped that the ANC elders would have exerted some adult supervision.
"AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS YOUTH LEAGUE
Office of the Secretary General
STATEMENT ON THE PASSING AWAY OF THE DPRK CHAIRPERSON OF THE NATIONAL DFEFENCE COUNCIL AND LEADER OF THE KOREAN PEOPLE: COMRADE KIM JONG IL.
The ANC Youth League wishes to send its heartfelt condolences on the passing away of the Great leader Comrade Kim Jong Il. As we remember this revolutionary we call upon the Korean people to forge ahead with the struggle to reunify their country, to free it completely of a legacy of Colonialism left to its people by imperialists represented by the United States of America.
May the undying spirit of Comrade Kim Jong Il continue to inspire the Korean people to defend the Songhun, the idea that it is possible for the people of Korea, Asia and the world to live well alongside each other in an egalitarian society, free from poverty, joblessness, hatred of each other and the oppression of one country by another.
As we will be proceeding to lay to rest Comrade Kim Jong Il, we remain vigilant of the problems facing the Workers Party of Korea and the Kim Il Sung socialist youth, this include the threat of imperialist aggression in the Korean peninsula, and the continued misleading propaganda of the Bak puppet regime and Western imperialism, to suggest that the government of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is responsible for the destruction and disruption of the Korean Republic.
As revolutionaries we know that the government of Korea republic will destroy itself, and at that point the unity of the Korean people will prevail, under the capable leadership of the Workers Party of Korea and its Youth League the Kim ill sung Socialist youth, and the spirit that is carried in Mount Paektu will rejoice at this victorious moment. We say so because, we know that the creation of the Korean Republic or South Korea is not desired outcome of the people of Korea, but the creation of imperialism, hence its borders are still guarded by the US military. In his words the dearly departed comrade Kim Jong ill "Overall relations between the North and the South have developed in favour of national reconciliation unity and reunification".
In commemorating this Great Leader we sent warnings to traitors of the people, led by Lee Myung Bak, who deliberately sunk his Cheonoan war ship and blamed it on the government of the Democratic People's republic of Korea, to desist from an unsustainable offensive against the North of Korea and the Korean peninsula in general. His continued assault on the image of the DPRK in collaboration with the United States will not continue unabated. In this regard we support the just cause of the Korean people to defend themselves, using whatever means at their disposal, to continue struggling for a just and equal world order and to defeat Capitalism in all its facets.
On this same breath, we congratulate the many achievements, under the leadership of Comrade Kim Jong Il, including making sure that democratic centralism is alive and well in the revolution, as we in the ANC also use it to guide the discipline of our cadres. We recognise that under his stewardship the DPRK managed an economy that saved people from joblessness, homelessness, illiteracy or lack of education thereof, and the varying degrees of poverty.
In technology to save our climate you also excelled, as we saw the successful introduction of an air steriliser, to curb emission and related hazards from the climate, and this shows the effectiveness of the Korean nuclear technology, and this equally shames the Western and Imperialist Propaganda, that the DPRK nuclear programme is aimed at creating war in the world. "Korea is right, do not retreat". We urge our dear Comrade Kim Jong Un, who will be tasked to lead the Korean revolution moving forward, do so, with memory of history and with distinction.
We are certain that the working people of South Africa, who are struggling to defeat the legacies of Apartheid, who want free, compulsory and quality education, decent housing, shelter, health, clothing, Nationalisation of mines and other key sectors of our economy and all the other basic amenities of life, are with you in your struggle to first unify your country and inspire the freedoms of all in the world under a just and equitable world order. The people of South Africa will not forget the support you gave to us during our struggle against Apartheid.
We say to all the Korean people fighting for peace and justice, Victory is Certain. Amandla, Awethu!!
All Power to the People
issued on behalf of the ANC YL: International Relations Desk by Abner Mosaase:
Secretary for International Relations, December 22 2011 "
Don't drink and drive. Happy New Year.