Everything wrong with the world is America's fault, or at least this is according to Niccolo Caldararo, an anthropology professor at San Francisco State University and blogger at the Daily Kos (h/t Newsbusters). Specifically, the horror of the North Korean state is all our fault.
The specific kind of leadership and government North Korea has today is the result of its history, and especially its most recent history with America. We must consider that from the end of W.W.II until 1987 South Korea was a brutal dictatorship. Its prison camps and torture chambers were filled with not only political prisoners but also ethnic minorities and religious objectors, in fact, anyone who dared to challenge the injustice and corruption of the regime. All this time South Korea’s government had the full support of the USA. North Koreans remember this horror and base part of their posture to the USA on this history.
Can any leftist regime ever go wrong? American liberals like to treat the Soviet Bloc like it was one long bad dream, and Tom Friedman can't shut up about how he wished we lived in a society governed by technocrats and corrupt part apparatchiks. Then we get the DPRK, a communist experiment that has been an unmitigated failure. How do their leftist brains rationalize this? Clearly it's America's fault.
There are, therefore, only two ways in which socialist regimes can fail. Either its ideals were never "applied properly" as in the USSR and the Eastern Bloc, or because of sabotage and embargo by those rascally western imperialists as in Cuba. You would think that North Korea would the one case we could all agree is an objective disaster, but apparently not.