Monday, October 11, 2010

North Korea's Big Day

Sunday North Korea held a massive parade to show off their military power, while marking the
65th anniversary of the Communist Party; the only party in the country.

Shown on live TV were thousands of soldiers marching past the review stand where Kim Jong Il and his third son, and heir apparent, Kim Jong Un, watched and were saluted by the passing troops. This gave North Koreans their first extended view of the man selected to become the next leader.

Also on view were tanks, and huge trucks carrying missiles and rockets.

This appears to be notice to North Koreans, and the world that Kim Jong Il; who has been reported to
be in declining health plans to pass power to his third son. Although Kim Jong Un was not in military
uniform he was recently promoted to 4 star general. It was not known if the younger Kim had ever held a position previously.

Defectors claim that not many people care who is in charge. They just are trying to find enough to
eat to sustain them. The country is very poor, but they continue to build their military; and also try
to bully South Korea and the U.S. with speeches and threats.

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans
"We Remember"

---------------- "And so the greatest of American triumphs... became a peculiarly joyless victory. We had won the Cold War, but there would be no parades." -- Robert M. Gates, 1996