“PEACE SECURED BY SLAVISH SUBMISSION IS NOT PEACE.”
historians refer to as his ‘cult of personality’. Massive portraits of the self-styled Great Leader were erected around the country, beaming with Il-sung’s impossibly white grin. All newspapers and textbooks included ‘words of instruction’ from the big man. In 1974, Il-sung even abolished taxation.
“To my childish eyes and to those of all my friends, Kim Il-sung [and Kim Jong-il] were perfect beings, untarnished by any base human function,” says author and North Korean defector Kang Chol-hwan. “I was convinced, as we all were, that neither of them urinated or defecated. Who could imagine such things of gods?”