By Erik Crouch
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NKNews recently ran an article on Michael Malice, an American author who has announced his plans to write an “Unauthorized Autobiography” of late North Korean Dear Leader Kim Jong Il. Malice is funding his book via Kickstarter (with this fundraising video) after publishers rejected it for being “too weird.”
NKNews interviewed Malice about the book:
The Unauthorized Autobiography of Kim Jong Il will help the world understand that even if Kim Jong Il is a joke, the suffering of the North Korean people is certainly not.
[…] The author was humbled by what he describes as numerous “heartbreaking” experiences in North Korea: the incredulous (but quickly concealed) joy of a young boy when Malice snuck him some chocolate; the dream of a young woman to possess some perfume or hand lotion so she could smell nice.
Citizens of the DPRK are certainly suffering, and a book that accurately portrays their struggles under the command of a capricious dictator would certainly be worth reading. The problem, however, is that Michael Malice doesn’t seem to be the ideal person to write it, he was one of the protestors at a pro-DPRK protest in New York last November.
Malice comes in at 1:42, identified as a “Representative of the Korean Friendship Association.” He says:
I’ve been to North Korea, and everything you heard in the media is a lie. The people are happy, the people are friendly. […] Everyone loves their country, but they have to live in fear because of the constant threat of US attack.
[…]These people [the North Koreans] just want to live their lives, go to school, and be happy. And that is being taken away from them by us [the United States] for no reason whatsoever.
So long live DPRK, let them have Juche, and hopefully we’ll have our version here.
Malice is basing his “autobiography” of Kim Jong Il on DPRK propaganda, and perhaps some of it has gone to his head. The country where “the people are happy” is the same one with a massive gulag system, starving population, and citizens that have to smash holes in ice to wash their clothes.
AsiaTimes once called the Korean Friendship Association “Kim Jong-il’s ‘useful idiots’ in the West.” Now one of these useful idiots fancies himself a usefully idiotic author.