For my 2013 hate-mail of the year award, go here.
So I get a lot of weird email and comments because of my blog, or in the comment sections of my op-eds for the Diplomat. A lot of it is fairly ridiculous (‘you want the terrorists to win!’) or ad hominem (‘you’re a tool of the IMF; you’re a Muslim’), but occasionally I get pretty unique stuff like this letter below. (The image above is a personal picture of a plaque on the Juche Tower in Pyongyang. Perhaps the correspondent comes from this study group.)
“Dear Robert Kelly,
I read your column in The Korea Times with great interest and would like to share my thoughts with you.
You may think that my opinion is weird and crazy from a point of American.
Most Americans think that North. Korea is vitally harmful, threatening the world peace by shooting the missile toward America.
America had fought with North. Korea at 1950 and kept a hostile relations with it since then.
I think North. Korea is a great country, because it has shown sophisticated diplomacy against a big country.
I claim that North. Korea is less westernized and less materialized. It keeps a strong defense for people.
I also argue that North. Korea has not tarnish tradition and nature unlike South. Korea.
I wonder that you can say that all the people in South. Korea and U.S. are happy, just because they live in a democratic and capitalistic society.
I also ask you that most people in North.Korea is unhappy, because their government infringes on its citizen’s individual freedom severely.
I am sure some people may have been successful in adapting to a totalitarian society and they may have made a fortune and achieved a solid social position.
If the U.S. is a perfect society for living, I wonder why so many American came to Korea to get a job.
I have met many Americans who blamed their country and they don’t want to go back to their country.
Some American has settled down in Korea, marrying a Korean woman.
Deciding which government is better is subjective.
In a nutshell, North. Korea never collapses.
At least Americans have chosen to come to Korea. North Koreans do not have any choice^^.