After successfully liberating Korea from the Japanese imperialists, the young President Kim Il Sung, became a hero among the Korean people. President Kim Il Sung and his Anti-Japanese Guerilla Army had been fighting the Japanese imperialists for decades to achieve independence for the Korean people, but still another obstacle was set up for a unified, independent Korea. The US imperialists, responsible for the division of Korea, installed the fascist dictator Syngman Rhee. Syngman Rhee escaped prison in 1904 and fled to the United States. Syngman Rhee only spent two years between 1910 – 1912 during the Japanese occupation, and then returned to the United States again.
While President Kim Il Sung fought the Japanese imperialists, Syngman Rhee was elected president for the Korean Provisional Government in Shanghai. On March 1925, Rhee was impeached as the president of the Provisional Government in Shanghai over allegations of misuse of power and was removed from office. Nevertheless, he continued to claim the position of president by referring to the Hanseong Provisional Government and continued independence activities through the Korean Commission to America and Europe.
Once World War II was over, Syngman Rhee was flown to Tokyo aboard a US military aircraft, then from Tokyo to Seoul aboard General McArthur’s personal airplane. McArthur personally responsible for giving immunity to Japanese war criminals as well as the imperial family. McArthur also confirmed that the abdication of the emperor would not be necessary despite the advice of many members of the imperial family and Japanese intellectuals who publicly called for the abdication of the Emperor and the implementation of a regency.
President Kim Il Sung who was fighting side by side with the Korean people won a landslide victory in the all-Korean election of who would become the first Korean president. Despite the fact that the election were monitored and approved by international observers, the US-backed regime wouldn’t recognize the election. Syngman Rhee did never accept the fact that he was impeached as a president, so his dictatorial regime from 1945 and onwards were just in line with his policies.
President Kim Il Sung understood the importance of the liberation of the oppressed people’s of Africa, Asia and Latin America.
50 years ago, President Kim Il Sung went to Indonesia. President Sukarno brought President Kim Il Sung to the Bogor Botanical Garden. President Kim Il Sung stopped before a particular flower, its stem stretching straight, its leaves spreading fair, giving a cool appearance, and its pink blossoms showing off their elegance and preciousness; he said the plant looked lovely, speaking highly of the success in raising it. Sukarno said that the plant had not yet been named, and that he would name it after Kim Il Sung. Kim Il Sung declined his offer, but Sukarno insisted earnestly that respected Kim Il Sung was entitled to such a great honour, for he had already performed great exploits for the benefit of mankind.
President Kim Il Sung was always a supporter of the oppressed African-American minority, which is the motive behind why the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense and the Workers’ Party of Korea created a close bond of friendship. The Black Panther Party were the closest friend of the DPRK in the United States. Eldridge Cleaver, one of the early leaders of the Black Panther Party, realized that the original Juche idea could not only be applied to Korean conditions, but to any oppressed people’s conditions. Kathleen Cleaver, Eldrigde’s wife, and their then one year old son, Maceo, went to the DPRK in 1970 to give birth to their daughter. They named the newborn girl Joju Younghi Cleaver due to their deep respect for socialist Korea. The Black Panther Party kept on celebrating the President Kim Il Sung and the DPRK in the “Black Panther” newspaper. Due to the FBI’s war against the Black Panther Party who they labelled as “the greatest threat to the internal security of the country”, the friendship ended and the revolutionary Black Panther Party was dissolved.
Until his last breath, President Kim Il Sung fought for the peaceful reunification of Korea, but just like his Korea, that always had room for the freedom fighters and the oppressed masses of the world, so did his heart.