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National Geographic Explorer, recently televised a special titled, Inside North Korea hosted by Lisa Ling. Lisa Ling travels with a Nepalese eye doctor and secretly films what she can of life inside North Korea during her trip. It was amazing to watch the eye doctor restore eye sight to people who had been blind for years and they immediately walk up to pictures of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il to thank them for giving back their eye sight without a word of thanks to the Nepalese doctor. The most chilling scene was when one old woman pledged to work harder in the salt mines for the glory of Kim Jong-il for returning her eye sight.
Lisa Ling rightfully points out how a system of fear governs the country. If these people didn’t give thanks to the Kim regime they and their whole families would have been sent to one of the massive concentration camps that Lisa Ling spent plenty of time covering. The funniest portion was when Lisa Ling visited a North Korean family and asked them if there was anything wrong with Kim Jong-il. The North Korean interpreter kept pretending he didn’t understand the question because there couldn't possibly be anything wrong with Kim Jong-il. Overall, definitely a must see documentary about life in North Korea. I’m definitely going to purchase a copy of the complete program once it is available on DVD.
Looking on the National Geographic webpage for purchasing information, I began reading through some of the comments left by people about the show. I really shouldn’t have been surprised about this, but there was people comparing North Korea to what America is today under President Bush. There were also people condemning Lisa Ling for filming the show because the Nepalese doctor could never be allowed back into North Korea to help more people and the North Korean minders with them would probably be sent to labor camps for not clamping down on the filming. I for one thank Lisa Ling for presenting an accurate picture of North Korea which is a personality cult that many people just don’t understand. It is one thing to read about it in a book or newspaper, but when you see what North Korea really is staring you right in the face on television, it is hard to ignore.All done!
Blogger Amy Proctor left a comment at SpouseBUZZ regarding the Montel story. Amy has "been there, done that," and claims that Montel is "very unprofessional both behind the scenes and in front of the camera." Ms. Underestimated wrote about Amy's appearance on the Montel Williams show last October. I encourage you to view the video clips.
I admit that I'm not a Montel viewer, so I have no way to know if most of his shows are filled with poor representations of the truth or blatant bias in pursuit of a certain political agenda, but what are the odds that two bloggers we are familiar with would both have bad experiences on the same television show?
Pam struggles as she describes some of the barbarism....not safe for folks who believe Iraq will become a Utopian Paradise if Multi-National Forces leave tomorrow morning at 9.
Having recently had all my shots brought up to date, I can testify that the anthrax shots are optional for Iraq, and at the discretion of the servicemember.
My last trip to Iraq I'd had four of the series when they were abruptly discontinued, leaving me vulnerable to attack. ;)
By the way, anyone else seen "Idiocracy" yet?
...but I expected more from Montel Williams than this.
So they didn't get al Baghdadi - here's a consolation prize from last week.
AIR STRIKES TARGET AL QAEDA TERRORISTS WEST OF TAJIAnd here's another
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces targeted members of an al-Qaeda in Iraq network Friday during an air strike operation west of Taji.
Intelligence reports indicated that this network is responsible for threats to Coalition aircraft.
Coalition Forces believe key terrorists were killed during the air strike. Results are still being assessed at this time.
Several members of the cell, as well as vehicles with anti-aircraft artillery weapons and rounds, were gathered at an area known for terrorist activities. The coordinated air strike at the targeted location resulted in the destruction of the vehicles as well as the anti-aircraft artillery.
During the operation, Coalition Forces also targeted another vehicle mounted with anti-aircraft artillery. The strike resulted in the destruction of the vehicle as well as the structure it was parked beside.
More information will be released when it becomes available.
“Coalition Forces continue to tear apart the al-Qaeda leadership inside Iraq. This operation significantly reduces the terrorist network’s ability to operate, and increases the safety of all Iraqi citizens, Iraqi forces, and Iraq’s Multi-National partners,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson.
Suspected AQ Media Emir, alleged "Butcher" captured in raidsAs you know, I could go on (and on and on and on...) All done!
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces killed one terrorist and captured 16 suspected terrorists including an alleged al-Qaeda media emir during raids Friday morning throughout Iraq.
In Mosul, Coalition Forces captured an al-Qaeda related suspect known as “The Butcher” who is allegedly responsible for numerous kidnappings, beheadings, and suicide operations in the Ramadi and Mosul areas. Coalition Forces captured five additional suspects and killed one terrorist during the raid.
During operations in Fallujah, Coalition Forces captured two suspected terrorists with alleged ties to foreign fighter facilitation.
Northeast of Karmah, a suspected al-Qaeda media emir was captured along with seven others. The suspects are also believed to be part of an al-Qaeda courier network.
“Coalition Forces will continue to target al-Qaeda in Iraq and foreign terrorist facilitators regardless of where they may hide,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson.