May 8th, 2012
11:57 AM ET

Why is this North Korean mob so angry?

In today's globalized world, we sometimes forget how intense the hostility between nations can be - especially when one of them is a paranoid dictatorship.

But watch the above video from North Korean state television of an angry mob in Pyongyang. What are they angry about? The crimes of this poor effigy, which happens to be that of South Korea's president, Lee Myung-bak.

But, no, death by hanging isn't even enough for the dummy. So they set attack dogs on it. Not enough? Try a big bad military tank. Didn't do the job? Throw rocks at the dismembered head. (Don't worry, this isn't a human it's just plastic.) Finally, job done, one hopes.

It is a mysterious country, North Korea. We rarely get pictures from there, but I guess this is how they want the world to see them.

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  1. John

    The North is a scared country, the down fall of many dictators have ben arise and many more will follow what bettter way to keep control of a fraile country by bringing them together in such a manner,trying to give them unity. only time will dismember this regime allow internet in this country see if the arab spring rubs off into an asian sprung hahahahaha

    May 10, 2012 at 2:18 am | Reply
  2. Bob Dobbs

    There is no angry mob scene. You have a rally in one shot and some clowns playing with the effigy the other shots. At most, you have 10 people throwing rocks but the effigy isn't in that shot. When you see rocks thrown at the head, there is only one or two coming in at a time. This is irresponsible journalism on CNN's part.

    May 10, 2012 at 7:21 am | Reply
  3. d

    Isolation plus propaganda equals unquestioned loyalty to the leader.

    May 10, 2012 at 8:32 am | Reply
  4. Ken from FL

    "Mob" implies spontaneity, Fareed. Do you really believe there is anything spontaneous or unplanned about this "demonstration?" Sometimes I honest believe that Zakaria is totally delusional.

    May 10, 2012 at 8:55 am | Reply
  5. johnny

    This is a difficult question, but let me guess.

    Is it because they either choose to be a part of an angry mob, or choose to be transported to their country's notorious concentration camp.

    Any prize for the correct answer?

    May 10, 2012 at 10:30 am | Reply
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