Amid furious debate over Prof. Kang Jeong-koo's right or otherwise to exalt North Korea and disparage the U.S. with impunity, a colleague at Dongguk University, English Literature Prof. Jang Shi-ki, has rushed where angels fear to tread with a column titled "Kim Il-sung, a Great Modern Leader." It appears on the website of the National Association of Professors for Democratic Society.
"Ranked among the likes of India's Gandhi, Fidel Castro of Cuba, Gamal Abdel Nasser of Eygpt and Mao Zedong of China, Kim Il-sung stands out as a great leader, revered by the people of the Third World," Jang writes. "Therefore, the people of Africa feel more affinity with North Korea than with South Korea." Dongguk University says Prof. Jang has been on sabbatical since last July and is in South Africa.
From there, he writes, "Most of the fighting against dictatorships in Africa was actually directed against the outside power of the U.S., so for them Kim Il-sung, the leader of a Far Eastern country who was brave enough to stand up to the U.S. even before they did, makes him as worthy of honor as their own leaders. Whenever I am given preferential treatment just because I come from the same country as Kim Il-sung, I feel a little embarrassed."