North Korea says ‘We are the world,’ and Manhattan is toast

Click the link at the end of this post. It takes you to a video that was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday by the North Korean government. It’s a surreal depiction of a missile being launched from somewhere in North Korea, flying around aimlessly through deep space for awhile, turning into the space shuttle and then apparently destroying New York City. All the while, the tune to “We are the world” plays in the background.

“We are the world” was written and performed in 1985 as a way to raise money to help starving people in Ethiopia. North Korea has been known to suffer from food shortages, and its people are believed to be impoverished.

The video might be meant to say, “Hey, we’re going to kill you unless you give us food.”

But really, it’s more serious than that. This New York Times blog explains what the film says.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un does seem to have a contradictory approach to the United States. He acts belligerently and defies U.S. efforts to get him to back off his nuclear weapons program. Then he turns around and steals Disney characters for a strange program broadcast last year on national TV.

Even this film isn’t original. It was stolen from the video game, “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.”

There can be no denying that North Korea considers itself the mortal enemy of the United States. Such clumsy pieces of propaganda draw instant laughs over here, but they are deadly serious in intent.

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Jay Evensen

Jay Evensen is the Senior Editorial Columnist for the Deseret News. He has 32 years of journalism experience covering politics and a variety of other assignments at news organizations ranging from United Press International in New York City to the Las Vegas Review-Journal and the Deseret News, where he has worked since 1986. During that time, he has won numerous local, regional and national awards. Most recently, he was given the Cameron Duncan Media Award, given annually in Washington, D.C., by the advocacy group RESULTS, to the journalist judged to have done the most to further the cause of the world's poorest people.

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