Enligt författaren Brian Myers beror det på att regimen matar den egna befolkningen med en helt annan typ av propaganda än den omvärlden får ta del av.
Grundtemat i den inrikespolitiska propagandan är en form av rasism skriver Isaac Stone Fish i en recension i Newsweek. Omvärlden är ond och nordkoreanerna själva är allt för rena och oskyldiga för att kunna överleva utanför Nordkorea.
Kim Jong Il and, before him, Kim Il Sung based their legitimacy not on fabricated reports of the country’s economic success (that line is directed at outsiders) but on a world view that casts them as ”great parental leaders” who embody Korean virtue at its most untainted. In this national narrative, the Korean people ”are too pure-blooded, and therefore too virtuous, to survive in this evil world” without the leaders’ benefic guidance, writes Myers. This potent myth of racial superiority is aimed at confirming to the North Koreans that they are morally superior to Americans and the rest of the world, even if they lag behind it in technology or wealth. When visiting foreigners are covered by the domestic media, they are portrayed as being highly respectful–even obsequious–toward their NorthKorean hosts. Dictionaries and schoolbooks speak of the Yankees as having ”muzzles” and ”snouts.” A common North Korean maxim goes: ”Just as a jackal cannot become a lamb, the U.S. imperialists cannot change their rapacious nature.”
It’s via this racial-purity propaganda that the Kims have explained away American aid (as a tribute from the cowering Yankees to the more virtuous North Koreans) and the South’s burgeoning wealth (the South Koreans may be richer, but they envy North Korea because it’s more free from degrading American control and thus more pure) (…).
Övrigt: Brian Myers bok heter The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See Themselves and Why It Matters.