Take one people with a shared cultural self, a strong shared perception of nationality. The vast majority will at any given time be politically inactive, often biased in political preferences by social factors such as family, but generally tolerant and flexible. Only minorities are politically active, and even fewer are seriously engaging in political life and processes. The picture is generally similar regardless which political system is predominant, and it is even reflected in tribal structures.
People are not split because the majority of them feel alienated or experience a for them intolerable dichotomy between their social, national or political identification, morals, ethics and practices. People are split because small segments of politically active groups are taking them hostage in a struggle for power while foreign nations, empires so to speak, instrumentalize either the one or the other minority in a process of destabilization, a subversion. When two such empires clash within the boundaries of a national state and a nation is divided, or if one side can assert it´s position against the opponent without the support of foreign nations, the result is generally identical in one respect. It takes years, often decades, before the cultural self and the perception of nationality of the two state sections populous has developed so far along the guidelines of the political minorities that are dominating the sections respective political processes, that people cease perceiving themselves as one nation. In some cases even centuries have not changed this self perception of peoples, who identify them selves rather along the lines of tradition, dialect and other social factors other than nationality, as long as they are allowed to choose for them selves.
These processes of division are tragic and painful. Often entire families, even married couples are divided, separated from one another by suddenly established new borders. Children are separated from their father and mother. Besides the physical separation there is the political separation that runs through families too, and often it even runs through the peoples own hearts and minds. This is especially so because the people of nations who experience such tragedy, like the people of Germany who got “reunited in a shotgun wedding”, and the people of Korea, who are still bitterly divided by the will of the few, who enforce the dictates of their governments. In the case of North Korea there is not even an empire left that dictates a course. What dictates North Korean self perception is the resistance against becoming a satellite of the Anglo American Empire. In spite of all costs, and in spite of North Korea`s frailty their people wish to continue along the path of the political development they have chosen for them selves.
Is North Korea a serious military threat against it´s brother land in the south ? Hardly. Is North Korea a military threat against the USA ? In spite of all attempts to position it in such a light in Western and Corporate media, the claim is de facto laughable as soon as one inspects reality. Never the less it is tragic, because the result is the continued separation of a people who have suffered the tragedy of division ever since the tragedy of state sanctioned mass murder ended in an armistice.
Another tragedy is that the indoctrination, the positioning one another as evil, is a constant reminder of the tragedy and suffering of division. It is as if two people who love one another can´t stop hitting each other. Every blow at the opponent will inevitably inflict pain on them selves. This is Korea, North and South. One people in two nations, interlocked into a tragic battle which non of them has chosen and where both are suffering from each others and their own blows.
The Death of Kim Jong Il, and the Tragic Symptoms of the Division Syndrome.
Every now and then conflicts arise, but they are quickly forgotten. A patrol boat here, a haubitzer shell on an island there, sentiments flare up and things are soon forgotten. The sense of belonging and the pain of division demands it. That is, as long as we are speaking of the silent majority whose main interest is peace.
But at special occasions, at occasions where the spin doctors of the loud minority finds a chance to inflict especially hideous emotional suffering on the people on “the other side” the chance is taken with enthusiasm. Psychology is one of the most evil professions when abused.
While the people of North Korea are grieving for Kim Jong Il, the government of South Korea briefs the North Korean government that it will “allow” South Koreans to “express their sympathy for the North Korean People” but that it will not send a government delegation to take part in the funeral of Kim Jong Il, we saw one of the symptoms of severe division syndrome. Naturally strong emotions are involved, so the North Korean government could not help it but to retaliate.
Keep the image of the two lovers who can´t cease hitting each other in mind. The North Korean government, as expected, had to respond by stating that this would have serious consequences for the relationship between North and South Korea. The most tragic part of the entire situation is that you can not hit someone you love without inflicting pain on yourself.
Now think about the cruelty of the laughing third, and the insanity of the misinformed masses world wide who are subject to the propaganda of empires; condescending, cheering for their most favorite team as conditioned by countless hours of sports tv. It takes a reasoning mind to see the tragedy, empathy to wish that all would finally win, and courage as well as integrity by political leaders to finally begin acting on behalf of the people whom they are claiming to represent.
Dr. Christof Lehmann