North Korea caused international outrage when they fired off a test missile, but they also caused themselves embarrassment when the missile failed less than 1 minute into launch. In denial, the North Korean government still decided to hold missile parades to celebrate. Glenn reacts & talks about North Korea’s failed monument to communism — the Hotel of Doom.
“North Korea had a rocket launch that kind of failed spectacularly. Kind of makes me happy on that one. Just a little bit,” Glenn said upon hearing about the missile launch.
BBC reports that “The official reason for the launch had been to put a satellite into orbit in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the state’s founder, Kim Il-sung. North Korea fired the Unha-3 rocket around 07:40 local time (22:40 GMT Thursday) from a site in Cholsan County on the western coast, according to South Korean and US monitors. It disintegrated after a minute or two, falling into waters 165km (105 miles) west of the South Korean capital, Seoul, the monitors said.”
The launch has universally been called a failure.
But don’t worry, the UN is getting involved, going so far as to criticize North Korea for the launch and call it a violation. Pretty harsh, right?
In an effort to pretend this never happened, the communist country unveiled huge statues of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-Il.
This, of course, brought to mind some other failed examples of communist propaganda, such as the huge yet unfinished Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, also dubbed “The Hotel of Doom”.
Stu explained that when South Korea was hosting the Olympics, North Korea decided “we need to do something as a communist nation to show that communism is superior. So they decided to build the largest and tallest hotel in the world. It’s this gigantic triangle, and it’s made completely out of concrete. It’s exactly what you think that communists would build.”
Stu explained that they built the skeleton of it but ran out of money – which is exactly what happens in communism.
“They couldn’t tear it down. They actually scrub it out of official photos of the city,” Stu added.
“Imagine living in that kind of society where you’re starving, and they come in and they build this giant,” Glenn said.
“I watched a documentary recently about North Korea, and they interviewed the people, and they don’t see it like that. They are so indoctrinated from birth that Kim Jong Il was in power. The documentary was specifically talking about citizens that have these basic eye surgeries that need to be done on the cataracts, and instead they go blind. They go blind for thousands of citizens they have no doctors that can perform the surgery. And so charities from outside of North Korea are allowed in very rarely to go in there and do these simple surgeries that restore these people’s sight. What do they do once they get out of these surgery. They run up to the photo of the Kim Jong Il. They praise these paintings of Kim Jong Il,” Stu said.
You can watch the documentary Stu describes below:
Photo of the building before construction resumed:
There is now a glass facade on the outside, but the building is still not open.