From there, the Morgans got the chance to appreciate the scenic and personal beauty of the international pariah at harvest season.
“There could be problems in the country where we didn’t see,” Joanne said. “So we can’t comment on anything we didn’t see. But what we saw, it was fantastic.“
“The country is beautiful,” Gareth said. “The country is just fantastic, the farms are perfect. They have no pollution.”
It’s a paradise! Perfect farms. No pollution!
“You look at their personal gardens, and they have got sunflowers, pumpkin growing over their roof, they (have) tobacco, huge pride in their personal space as well as their communal farms,” Joanne said. While the standard of living is clearly lower than in the South, they said it probably is not much different from South Korea a couple of decades ago, and that those they witnessed were not malnourished or lacking in necessities in clothing or shelter.
Never occurred to them, that of course they don’t get to see the areas where three million people starved to death.
Yes, North Korea is just like Singapore. Absolutely.
Absolutely. Well, “at times.”
Add this twat and his fantasist wife Mrs Gareth to the list of other fantasists like Walter Duranty and George Bernard Shaw who visited the Slave State of Soviet Russia and returned to write eulogies about what they saw through their red eye-patches.
WRITING IN 1933 AFTER returning from a tour of Russia’s Potemkin villages, Shaw called what had become a continent-wide red prison a wholly
civilised territory [in which] we saw [a] hopeful and enthusiastic working-class…developing public works, increasing health services, extending education, achieving the economics of independence of woman and the security of the child…..setting an example of industry and conduct which would greatly enrich us.
For those not having “earned the privilege of living in a civilized community” by not “pulling their weight in the social boat,”
That [said Shaw] is why the Russians were forced to set up an Inquisition or Star Chamber, called at first the Cheka and now the Gay Pay Oo (Ogpu), to go into these questions and "liquidate" persons who could not answer them satisfactorily.
Fantastic! Oh, and he dismissed reports of the famine of 1933 in which it was later discovered about 10 million died, saying,
I saw no underfed people there; and the children were remarkably plump.
JOURNALIST WALTER DURANTY WAS as bad, living in “paradise” in the Soviet hell-hole of the 1920s, while writing glowing accounts for the New York Times of mass-murderer Joseph Stalin's Five-Year Plan, shrugging off stories of famine and bloodletting “by telling those who dared to inquire that eggs have to be broken in order for an omelette to be made.” "Russians Hungry, But Not Starving,” was the tenor of his regular despatches. Anyone who dared to air stories of the famine in which Stalin wiped out the Ukranian kulaks Duranty dismissed as “exaggerated or malignant propaganda.” In any case, he said, this "almost privileged class" needed to be "liquidated or melted in the hot fire of exile and labour into the proletarian mass" since they stood in the way of Soviet progress. And “the final fate of such enemies,” he said, “is death.”
A very useful idiot indeed, of whom Stalin found much propaganda value.
As have the Peoples' Captors of North Korea are with Gareth and Mrs Gareth.
NB: By the way, it’s appropriate that the literal meaning of the word used by Mrs Gareth is closer to the truth than her glaring misuse of it. The literal meaning of “fantastic” (from Greek phantastikos, able to create mental images, from phantazesthai, to appear) is “Unrestrainedly fanciful; extravagant; based on or existing only in fantasy; unreal.”