Why Does North Korea Hate the United States?

In this photo taken Friday, April 27, 2012, an anti-U.S. propaganda poster is displayed at the Kaeson Kindergarten in Pyongyang, North Korea. For North Koreans, the systematic indoctrination of anti-Americanism starts as early as kindergarten and is as much a part of the curriculum as learning to count. The Korean characters read “We love playing military games knocking down the American bastards.” (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

by Michael John Scott

North Koreans are taught from a young age to hate the United States.  The streets are decorated with gigantic billboards depicting NK missiles devastating US cities.  The people of this poverty-stricken nation have long been convinced that America is responsible for all the problems it faces.  The people do not, however, consider Kim a God.  That’s propaganda.

Propaganda is when Western media tells you that the people of NK think the Kim family is full of gods, but it just isn’t true. They have a high reverence for the family that, in their minds, liberated the country and people, but they’re not brainwashed, as the media would have us believe.

The hate of all things American had its beginnings many years ago.  North Korea blames the United States for dividing it from South Korea along the 38th parallel, right after World War II.  It also has bitter memories of the 1950 U.S. invasion when American planes burned villages with napalm and U.S. tanks and troops pushed North Korean forces nearly to the Chinese border.

It is estimated as many as 4 million Koreans died in the fierce fighting and bombing, including an estimated 25 percent of the North’s population. “North Korea was flattened,” said University of Chicago historian Bruce Cumings.

“The North Koreans see the American bombing as a holocaust, and every child is taught about it.”

Ever since the war hatred of America has been a cornerstone of North Korean identity. The regime is organized around its massive military — 1 million strong in a country of 25 million — whose explicit goal is to prevent U.S. invasion at any cost. Anti-U.S. propaganda is a constant, and “Struggle Against U.S. Imperialism Month” is observed every year.

It’s going to take a lot more than a treaty with Trump to make the people of this secretive kingdom change their minds about the United States.  After all, North Korea has repeatedly pledged it would make peace and abandon its nuclear programs. What makes this time different?

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5 Responses to Why Does North Korea Hate the United States?

  1. Neil Bamforth Reply

    May 13, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    This time Kim thinks the US have a nutter in charge.

    He’ll tow the line until Trumps gone.

    So. Keep Trump a second term or Kim will go nuclear again.

    Hell of a choice eh?

    • Michael John Scott Reply

      May 13, 2018 at 1:39 pm

      Yep. It’s a helluva choice indeed. Then again, the Kim family’s secretive, Stalinist regime has a decades-long record of promising to halt its nuclear programs in exchange for sanctions relief or aid. Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il, who came to power in 1994 after the death of his father, Kim Il Sung, agreed to end nuclear weapons or missile activities that year — and then again in 2000, 2005, and 2007. Each time, Pyongyang secretly continued its nuclear tests and missile development. The U.S., said then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates in 2009, is “tired of buying the same horse twice.” I doubt Trump knows anything about horses, except for the horse’s ass.

  2. Bill Formby Reply

    May 13, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    North Korea has had as its goal since the pause in the fighting over 60 years ago to become recognized as an equal to the U.S. on the world stage. Each of its leaders have starved and imprisoned its people over this period of time knowing one thing. When North Korea became a nuclear power it would be seen as an equal. Some people think that it is now at that stage and bringing the American president to the bargaining table it has proven it equality. Anyone who thinks that a country that has suffered this long with one objective in mind is going to give up the one thing that make them equal is either not thinking or is a fool. They are dismantling their test area, according to a number of experts because it is used up. Because of the size of the country and the lack of access to the country there are any number of hiding places for their weapons programs. Not only that, if we bargain away our troop status in South Korea it will not be long before the Korea conflict starts again and this time we will not have time to react, that is if Trump allows us to react at all. It has already be estimated that even with the forces we have there North Korea could wipe out Seoul in less than a day. With a million man army half of South Korea could be taken by Kim in less than a week. These people live war every single day. It is their life and their only reason to roll off their little grass mats every day is the thoughts of reuniting Korea on their terms. Our president will not defend South Korea.

  3. jess Reply

    May 13, 2018 at 4:35 pm

    Kim will blow smoke up dolt45’s ass to placate him, like the rest of the world leaders do to get what he wants.

  4. Neil Bamforth Reply

    May 15, 2018 at 4:26 am

    On the other hand, maybe they hate America for imposing McDonalds on the world? 😀

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