KIM JONG IL
The great leader comrade KIM JONG IL actively defended independence all his life and pushed forward the cause of global independence . His credo was that of "Independence, independence and independence ". His whole life was spent futhering the cause of independence, Indeed the very name
KIM JONG IL is associated with anti-imperialism and independence because throughout his life he opposed not only imperialism but dominationism and big power chauvinism.
The great leader comrade KIM JONG IL always say independence as been insperable from internationalism. This is the Juche outlook on internationalism. As he wrote in his classic treatise
"ON THE JUCHE IDEA " "Independence is not in conflict with internationalism but isthe basis of its strengthening.Just as the world revolution is inconceivable without the revolution in ones own country, internationalism divorced from independencecannot exist. As a matter ofprinciple, internationalist solidarity must be based on freedom of choice and equality.
Only when it is founded on independence, will internationalist solidarity become based on free choice andequality and become genuine and durable."
Right from his early days the great leader comrade KIM JONG IL carried out activities to defend independence , not just the independence of Korea but for all countries. In the early 1960s when modern revisionism was causing problems in the international communist movement and socialist camp , the big power chauvinists who were throwing their weight around tried to put pressure on Albania to follow modern revisionism. Comrade KIM JONG IL showed solidarity with Albania by visiting some Albanian students who were studying at KIM IL SUNG University..
The great leader comrade KIM JONG IL strongly believed in the slogan "Let the peoples of the world advocating independence , unite !"which had first been put forward in 1975 by the great leader President KIM IL SUNG .This is a profound slogan indeed . In the past the Communist and Workers' Parties under the Comintern put the slogan "workers of the world unite ! Later the Communist Information Bureau put forward the slogan "For a lasting peace, for a people's democracy but this was later replaced by the revisionist slogan of "peaceful co-existence " and "peaceful co-operation" . The slogan " Let the people of the world advocating independence , unite " was profoundly revolutionary because it put embodies the concept of independence thereby dealing a blow to imperialist domination and neo-colonialism but at the same time united the broadest possible forces to achieve independence rather than relying on one class or strata.
Comrade KIM JONG IL himself put forward the militant slogan "Let Us Live Our Own Way ! "in December 1978 at a time when the imperialists ,dominationists and revisionists were trying to suppress the independence of many different countries and carry out intervention in many lands. The slogan was aimed at encouraging the Korean people to forge ahead in the spirit of independence and the revolutionary spirit of self-reliance , the slogan had repercussions beyond the borders of Korea because the world revolutionary people were inspired by the example of the Korean people and fought against the imperialists ,dominationists and great power chauvinists. Juche and self-reliance became the watchwords of the world revolutionary people. In those days many Juche Idea study groups were founded in different countries , even in the United States the metropolis of world reaction.
In his work "Let Us Advance Under the Banner of Marxism-Leninism and the Juche Idea " comrade KIM JONG IL pointed out that ". Capitalism and imperialism are the last exploiting systems which trample upon the aspiration of the masses for independence in human history, and are the most ferocious oppressive systems which combine class domination with national oppression. Imperialism has now turned into modern imperialism based on state monopoly capitalism,and it has become more aggressive and brutal than ever before. It is flagrantly challenging the oppressed popular masses in their cause of national liberation, independence and socialism. The imperialists are clinging to neo-colonialism and obstinately pursuing the policy of plundering and subjugating other nations by more covert and crafty methods. US-led modern imperialism, though on the decline, is making desperate efforts to save itself from ruins. Particularly, as the general crisis of capitalism deepens, the imperialists are not only repressing harshly the revolutionary advance of the working-class and the working masses in their own countries, but also intensifying the acts of aggression and subversion against socialist countries and the international communist movement under the heading of ،anti-communism،.So long as imperialism exists, domination and plunder will not cease, and as long as imperialist domination and plunder exist, there is bound to be the revolutionary struggle of the working class and masses of people to oppose them"
This was a totally brilliant analysis of the situation that was perceptive and lucid. What comrade KIM JONG IL said was and is very true . The imperialist and monopoly capitalists were not only blocking the revolutionary advance of the working class in their own countries but were trying to subvert and overthrow the socialist countries .At the same time they plundered the third world countries through neo-colonialism.The teachings of the great leader comrade KIM JONG IL are guide to action and greatly inspired the world progressive people in their struggle against imperialism and dominationism.
The great leader comrade KIM JONG IL in practical terms took measures to stop the struggle of the world people for independence . He saw to that the DPRK supported countries like Zimbabwe and Nicaragua when they emerged as newly independent countries from the ruins of imperialism and neo-colonialism. When socialism was frustrated in several countries owing to the nefarious moves of the modern revisionist traitors comrade KIM JONG IL rallied the socialist forces with the Pyongyang Declaration . "Let Us Defend and Advance the Cause of Socialism" which stated “Ours is an era of independence and the socialist cause is a sacred one aimed at realising the independence of the popular masses…Now that the imperialists and reactionaries are attacking socialism and people in an international collusion, the parties which are building socialism or aspiring after it should defend and advance socialism on an international scale and strengthen mutual support and solidarity in their efforts for social justice, democracy, the right to existence and peace against imperialist domination, subjugation by capital and neo-colonialism.
This is an international duty incumbent upon all parties and progressive forces for socialism and an undertaking for their own cause.
We will advance under the unfurled banner of socialism in firm unity with all progressive political parties, organisations, and peoples of the world who are striving to defend socialism against capitalism and imperialism.
Let us all fight it out to open up the future of mankind with a firm conviction in the cause of socialism.
Final victory is on the part of the people fighting in unity for socialism.
The socialist cause shall not perish.”
The DPRK under the leadership of the great leader comrade KIM JONG IL actively opposed US imperialist intervention and warmongering. In 1999 when Yugoslavia was attacked by the US imperialists and the NATO aggressors the DPRK strongly denounced it and held a meeting in support of Yugoslavia. The DPRK opposed both the Afghan and Iraq wars of US imperialism. In 2005 thee World Conference on the Anti-Imperialist Cause of Independence in the 21st Century under the sponsorship of the DPRK was held in Caracas the capital of anti-imperialist Venezuela .The conference adopted a declaration which concluded that "All the countries and nations advocating independence should firmly preserve the Juche character and national identity and settle problems arising in all fields including politics, economy, military and foreign affairs their own way, it noted, underscoring the need to boost the international unity and solidarity among the anti-imperialist independent forces and intensify the study and dissemination of the Juche idea and the Songun idea"
Thus the life of the great leader comrade KIM JONG IL was marked by his strenous struggle for global independence. As we approach the 75th anniversary of his birth we remember the great leader comrade KIM JONG IL as the architect and driving force of the era of global independence .
Dr Dermot Hudson
President Association For the Study of Songun Politics UK
Chairman Juche Idea Study Group of England
Official Delegate , Korean Friendship Association UK
Chairman UK Preparatory Committee For the 2017 Gathering to Praise the Great Persons Born of Mt Paektu
Member International Committee For the Study of Songun Politics