Re: North Korea
posted at 3:01 pm on January 22, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
AP, that excerpt really speaks volumes, and once again calls into question what the heck Google CEO Eric Schmidt thought he was going to accomplish with this visit — except, of course, give the Kim regime a big, fat propaganda victory. This is a country that can’t light its own towns at night. Did he think that this was an untapped market for Google Ads?
But what struck me more than Ms. Schmidt’s interesting travelogue into tyranny were the pictures she took. The entire country looks empty. One picture, titled “Traffic ladies,” is particularly revealing. The regime has traffic police on a street where only one car can be dimly viewed in the distance. Most of the pictures of Pyongyang — the most populous city of the DPRK — shows empty streets, no parked cars, and sterility stretching on nearly forever. The only picture in which Pyongyang shows any sign of life is when the residents line up to purchase “sundries.” Otherwise, Pyongyang looks like the most well-developed ghost town in history.
Compare those images with the dynamism displayed by Western countries — even in subzero temperatures, such as Minneapolis, or in New York City in the winter. It’s a stark reminder of just how bizarre and retrograde these closed tyrannies become.