North Korea To Rely on “Juche” in World Cup Finals
In all North Korean homes, one picture dominates the walls. Father of the nation, Kim Il-sung, stares down at his children with a smile so bright the space shuttle could see it from outer space. A population short on toilet paper, food, and hope, must keep up the chin. North Korean life is a hard scrabble. It’s difficult to find words for it.
The nation’s football team unites behind the Supreme Leader, even though he has been dead for a while. No matter. The dead can rule forever. Many have asked what the world can expect from North Korea in South Africa. No one knows what game they bring. The warm up matches have been a hodgepodge of cancellations, lost strips and abandoned games against better opposition, while fixtures against Burma and India can hardly be deemed rigorous.
To enlighten the mystery we have to look at the national mentality known as “juche.” In one of his beaming treatises, the Supreme Leader, Kim Il-sung, explains –
“Establishing juche means being the master of revolution…This means holding fast to an independent position, rejecting dependence on others, using one’s own brain, believing in one’s own strength, displaying the revolutionary spirit of self-reliance.”
Move over Holland. This is Total Football, North Korean style. Juche!
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