MINOT, N.D. — In 2000, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-il, the pudgy progenitor of currently reigning despot Kim Jong-un, announced that he had invented a new food.
He named it the “Gogigyeopbbang” and it was described as “double bread with meat.” While the North Koreans claimed this was a new culinary innovation, observers living outside the Kim dynasty’s cruel regime couldn’t help but notice that it had “the uncanny appearance of a conventional hamburger.”
That story has stuck with me through the years because of its absurdity and because I can’t help but think about the people working for the Kims who propagated that lie and enforced belief in it.
Denying the cultivated mythology of the Kims in North Korea was and still is a good way to find yourself in a labor camp. Or maybe dead.
The ugly truth about tyrants is that none of them have ever acted alone.