By Tim Wildmon
If you want to see something really interesting Google the words “Korea at night” and see the satellite images that come up.
Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, reports: In 1945, the Soviet Union and the United States agreed on the surrender of Japanese forces in Korea, and Soviet troops occupied north of the 38th parallel, while U.S. troops took surrender south of it. This decision by allied armies soon became the basis for the division of Korea by the two superpowers, exacerbated by their inability to agree on the terms of Korean independence. The two Cold War rivals then established governments sympathetic to their own ideologies, leading to Korea’s current division into two political entities, North Korea and South Korea. The ensuing conflict between the two was largely a proxy war.
North Korea has been ruled by arguably the world’s most brutal communist dictatorship since 1945. South Korea has been a democratic government that has embraced capitalism. And if you look at the image of the Korean peninsula at night, it is striking. The line dividing the countries, known as the 38th Parallel, includes the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) which is a 2.5-mile wide fortified buffer zone between the two nations. By striking, I mean you can clearly see where that line is at night from space. South Korean is lit up. North Korea is almost completely dark.
Communism uses the power of the sword to centralize power in the hands of a few. In the name of what, I am not quite sure anymore. When I studied about Karl Marx, the ideological father of communism, his idea was for the government to own everything of importance, basically, in the name of redistributing “the wealth” to the masses in the form of basic services for living. But in reality, all that has happened with communism around the world the last 100 years is men have become leaders of countries by overthrowing a hated ruler in the name of the “people,” and replaced that hated ruler with themselves, and over time they became the hated ruler.
Such names as Joseph Stalin, Mao Ze-Dong and, closer to home, Fidel Castro, are notorious examples of this. In fact, Stalin of Russia and Mao of China, the world’s most infamous communist leaders, are listed as the top two mass murderers in history. Stalin murdered over 20 million of his own countrymen from 1932-1939 and Mao, chairman of the Chinese Communist Party from 1936 to 1976 reportedly slaughtered over 70 million Chinese.
Both Mao and Stalin were atheists. Communism does not allow for religious freedom. It only allows for religion if it is controlled by the government.
My dad used to tell me that capitalism, undergirded by the Christian value system, has done more good for more people than any other economic system in the history of mankind.
The Bible teaches both financial reward for hard work and the need to care for the poor and helpless. Greed is a sin, but so is covetousness.
America became the wealthiest country in the world through hard work and the reward of capitalism. And America has also been the most generous country in the world through private charity and government aid to those in need. It is not a coincidence that America is both the most Christian country in the world and the most charitable. The two go hand in hand.
Koreans are one people with two countries. North Korea is communist. South Korea is free. Atheistic communism kills the human spirit and leads to poverty, despair and fear. Liberty, on the other hand, uplifts the human spirit and brings forth life, progress, opportunity and hope.
Community columnist Tim Wildmon is a Lee County resident. He is president of the American Family Association, but the column represents his personal opinion unless otherwise noted. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.