Tuesday, August 04, 2009

North Korea: BBC Documentary About The Korean War

This is a very difficult documentary to watch.

It is a BBC documentary and it is very long, and I will just link to part 22, about the bombing that totally devastated the entire north. BBC says 600,000 tonnes of bombs (including napalm) was used. Only chimneys would remain. There is a segment were they talk to the cameraman who did some of the filming. Horrific stuff. According to BBC, some 2,000,000 people died.

Part of this was censored from the US version of the documentary, if you decide to watch, you will understand why. But can it also help us understand why today, North Korea is such a different place?

BBC: Korean War Part 22

Most people have heard about the Korean War, maybe you even watched M.A.S.H and laughed at Alan Alda ("in this horrifying place") and his friends. M.A.S.H was shown on Swedish TV in the late 1970s, long before I knew that I would be living in these parts of the woods. And, no, M.A.S.H was not filmed in Korea. It was shot in Malibu Creek State Park in the Santa Monica Mtns of So. California!

M.A.S.H When The War Is Over ("There are certain rules about war. The rule No. 1 is young men die. The rule No. 2 is doctors can't change rule No. 1")


Pandabonium said...

As US citizen, "When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school, it's a wonder I can think at all" - Paul Simon, sure rings true.

And I would add, "and all the facts I wasn't taught". Like the contents of this video.

Tom O said...

Have yet to watch it, maybe won't. Might just have the same effect as when watching the 'World At War' series back in the 70s as young teenager. In particular the episode that featured the liberation of Belsen. And what they found...