Christmas: Serious Business

Uriminzokkiri, the North Korean government’s official news website is threatening a real war on christmas:

“The enemy warmongers… should be aware that they should be held responsible entirely for any unexpected consequences that may be caused by their scheme,” it said.

“This issue… is not something to be ignored quietly,” it said.

Why such harsh words? Because in some years, South Korea places christmas lights within sight of its border with North Korea.

Leave aside the North’s official atheism; this doesn’t seem to be a religious issue. The lights send what is possibly a deliberate foreign policy message. Electricity is a rare thing in North Korea, especially outside of Pyongyang. The sight of bright electric lights shining from the hated South has to be bad for morale.

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