Tuesday, 9 August 2016

The Victory in Korea

Prof Harish Gupta makes his point
By New Worker correspondent

Solidarity activists marked the 63rd anniversary of the end of the Korean War at a meeting in central London last Saturday afternoon. US imperialism, flying the false flag of the United Nations (UN) and backed by its allies that shamefully included the UK, attacked north Korea on 25th June 1950.
Beaten to a standstill, US imperialism was forced to sign an armistice in 1953 and to promise to hold free elections in south Korea to lead to the reunification of the country. Sixty six years later the Americans still occupy south Korea, propping up a puppet regime that rejects all Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) proposals to ease tension on the divided peninsula.
            The meeting, at the Chadswell Centre on 30th July, was called by the Juche Idea Study Group (JISGE) and chaired by Dermot Hudson. Hudson pointed out that this was the first JISGE meeting since the historic vote by the British people to leave the European Union (EU), which was a practical application of the Juche idea and reflected the desire of British people to live independently.
            Communist leader Kim Il Sung, who had led the victorious struggle against Japanese colonialism, took up the gun again to drive the Americans and their lackeys back in this second war of independence – a point made in the key-note address by Indian academic and Juche scholar Professor Harish Gupta.
            Professor Gupta, director general of the International Institute of the Juche Idea and head of the Asian Regional Institute for the Study of the Juche Idea, gave a detailed and informative lecture on Kimilsungism-Kimjongilism and its contribution to peace and sovereignty. He referred to the malevolent nature of imperialism particularly with regard to the Iraq war and exposed the double standards of American imperialism, which has ratcheted up the imperialist sanctions regime against Democratic Korea. He also exposed the false propaganda against People's Korea and explained the superiority of socialism.
Other speakers, including NCP leader Andy Brooks, said that the main factor in the Korean people's victory was their own efforts. Brooks said that the Korean people’s victory in 1953 was an inspiration to the communists and liberation forces throughout the world. The Vietnamese people, led by their communist leader Ho Chi Minh, who had kicked the French colonialists out, were double-crossed by US imperialism in 1954 and their country partitioned like Korea. A year later the people took up the gun again in south Vietnam to begin the struggle that eventually defeated US imperialism and reunified the country. Likewise the Egyptians, led by their charismatic leader Gamal Abdel Nasser, took on the might of Anglo-French imperialism, and their Zionist lackey Israel, when they nationalised the Suez Canal in 1956.
            The meeting agreed to send a solidarity meeting to DPRK leader Kim Jong Un before continuing informal discussion over light refreshments in the hall.

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