Kim Jong Il starts the Songun revolution on August 25, 1960
Leader Kim Jong Il inspected the Guard Seoul Ryu Gyong Su Tank Division No. 105 of the Korean People¡¯s Army on August 25, 1960.
By the historic inspection, a new chapter of Songun revolutionary leadership of Kim Jong Il was opened, which was started with arms by President Kim Il Sung.
Here is the gist of articles introduced by the south Korean journal Mal published in November 2007.
The politics of north Korea is the socialist politics and it has an unique mode quite different from the politics of other socialist countries. The unique political mode is called the Songun politics. It is a new conception that appeared for the first time in the history of world socialism.
It is said that Kim Jong Il, Chairman of the National Defense Commission of the Democratic People¡¯s Republic of Korea, started the Songun revolutionary leadership with the inspection of the Guard Seoul Ryu Gyong Su Tank Division No. 105 of the Korean People¡¯s Army on August 25, 1960. And he comprehensively administered the Songun politics with his inspection of a KPA unit on January 1, 1995.
Firstly, it is noteworthy that the Songun politics is started from his Songun revolutionary leadership in August 1960. It proves that the Songun politics was created by his Songun revolutionary leadership for 35 years from 1960 to 1995. His greatest exploits in building the revolutionary armed force was that he put forth the program of modeling the whole army on the Juche idea and realized it. In a word, his Songun revolutionary leadership imbued the KPA with the Juche idea.
Secondly, the Tank Division No. 105 of the KPA has a special meaning. The division made the first triumphal entry into Seoul in the last Korean War and was a symbol of victory in the war.
In this vein, his start of the Songun revolutionary leadership from the inspection of the Tank Division No. 105, the symbol of victory of war against the US, tells that he started his political career not in the economic field but in the military front against imperialism. The realization of independent politics against imperialism by Chairman Kim Jong Il is an inevitable outcome.
Thirdly, north Korea regards that the Songun politics was enforced comprehensively from his inspection of a KPA unit on January 1, 1995. It implies the Songun politics was started when the imperialist forces have launched offensive against socialism.
North Korea needed a powerful political mode that defends the military front against imperialism and the socialist planned economy, unyielding to the global neo-liberalism that is advocating the ¡°end of socialism¡± and ¡°unipolar world¡±. The Songun politics is the socialist political mode that fully reflects the demand of the times.
Chairman Kim Jong Il cherished an idea how to develop the socialist construction into a higher stage when socialist construction met anti-socialist offensives of the imperialist forces. He reviewed his 35-year-long Songun revolutionary leadership and found correct answer by inspecting a unit of KPA on January 1, 1995. The KPA, the most revolutionary and militant rank, is able to push the socialist construction and the KPA is a fresh force in building socialism. This is his answer.
The Songun politics regarded the KPA as a fresh force in building socialism because the KPA advances the Juche revolutionary cause more than any other groups of the society by displaying the revolutionary soldier spirit and disseminating the spirit in all fields of the society. The KPA opened a breakthrough of progress in the period of the ¡°Arduous March¡± in defiance of offensive of the imperialists.
The aim of Songun politics is to embody the Juche idea and build a thriving nation by disseminating the revolutionary spirit of soldier in all fields of the country.
The Songun politics took its shape in the socialist movement of the world in the 21st century as a powerful political mode pushing the socialist construction by the revolutionary spirit of soldiers.