I guess they like him because he's one of the most important anti-imperialists of our time. Can't disagree with that.
I heard that the North Koreans are miserable. Can anyone comment on that?
I guess they do better than the global average. Pyongyang looks like it's in better shape than many Southern European cities, but it's most probably drastically different on the countryside. But I don't think starvation or anything is an issue anymore nowadays.
Of course, compared to us Westerners, everybody is miserable. But that perspective seems to be pretty useless because there are huge differences between places like Somalia and Sudan and places like North Korea and China, even though they're both miserable compared to us.
Also, it's probably a bit simplistic to blame the poverty of North Korea on its leadership. I'm pretty sure they're not "torturing" their people on purpose
- or that any leadership would ever do that. Not only because the vast majority of people do not like misery, including leaders, but also because it's a bit hard to stay in power if your subjects feel like you're treating them sadistically - which we're told about the North Korean government quite often.
The cause for North Korea's poverty is its international isolation, which is leadership is not happy about.
Also, he has a massive standing army, doesn't he?
Yeah. Seems like a good policy if you're threatened by the USA.
I also heard that his people don't have enough food to eat, because they give it all to the soldiers. Is that true as well?
I doubt it. I mean of course nobody really knows, but I imagine that soldiers would get higher rations because they need more food, obviously, but I don't think they're deliberately letting the others starve because of that.