Enthusiastic young children with rifles and bayonets take on an unfortunate American soldier. His face is bandaged and blood gushing from his mouth.
This is drawn on a poster that meets journalists from the Associated Press (AP) asthey enter a classroom in Kaeson kindergarten. In Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea.
"We love to play war and put down the American bastards," reads the slogan on top of the poster. Another poster in the classroom depicting an American with a noose around his neck.
Toy guns, rifles and tanks are stacked neatly on shelves around the classroom. Rector Yun Song Sil go up an effigy of an American soldier. It has a beaky nose and straw-colored hair. - Students turn it with the baton or pepper it with stone. It is a favorite toy in the playground, she said
The North Koreans begin the systematic indoctrination of children in the United States-hate as early as kindergarten. It is as much a part of the curriculum as learning to count.
- Our children learn from an early age about the American bastards, says Rector."Miguk through" - "American asshole." The term has in North Korea has become themost common way to refer to people from the United States.
North Korean children learn that their country has two enemies: the Japanese, who colonized Korea from 1910 to 1945, and the U.S., which fought against North Koreaduring the Korean War from 1950-53.
They are told that the defense against foreign forces, particularly the U.S., which has28,000 troops stationed in South Korea, is the foundation of the country's foreign policy.
And they are being raised to revenge, even if their government publicly stated that they want peace with the Americans.
- They tell their citizens that there is no possibility of reconciliation with the United States. They make it clear to the masses that the hatred will last forever.
So says Bryan Myers, an American professor of international studies at the universityin Busan in South Korea. He has passed the North Korean propaganda examined, and released in 2010 the book "The Cleanest Race: How North Koreans See ThemElves and Why It Matters." Or directly translated: The purest breed: How North Koreans see themselves and why it is important.
In recent years, the government propaganda in North Korea put more emphasis on economic growth. Anti-American posters in the streets of Pyongyang has largely been replaced with images of happy factory workers.
But schools are posters unchanged.
American soldiers are portrayed as evil and barbaric, with big noses and hostile eyes.The burn marks prisoners with red-hot iron, sending wild dogs against women and draws out a little girl's teeth with pliers. A drawing shows an American soldier who breaks a girl under the boot's, while the blood flows from her mouth and eyes are filled with fear and pain. - The main theme in the anti-American propaganda is not "We must be ready for an attack," but "We must be ready for revenge." People are taught to hate the United States on the basis of the old acts, says Myers.In the morning they get in line for a bit of gymnastics and singing of patrioticsongs. For lunch they get rice, fish and tofu, according to Rector. They learn to sing,dance and cycling, and at 16.00 they get a small snack and soy milk.
History lessons contain stories about Kim Jong Il's childhood, life under Japanese occupation and Korean War.
- First, we start to teach them that the U.S. imperialists started the war, says teacherJon Yong Chun.
Outside North Korea tells the history books otherwise. We in the West learn that two years after the North and South Korea declared itself as two separate countries,marched North Korean forces in 1950 in Seoul, the capital of the south. United Nations, led by U.S. and South Korean forces fighting against North Korea with Chinain the back for three years before a ceasefire came into place in 1953.
But this does not teach children in kindergarten Kaeson where they sit hunched overtheir every drawing sheet.
A girl draws blue fish, boy next door has covered the sheetwith his tanks.Another boy portrays a major battleground in which a North Korean aircraft drop bombs on dead, bloody American soldiers.
American soldiers attacked with clubs, bayonets and grenades. They are trapped in the flames or plead for mercy - the best drawings will be hung in the classroom.1. June celebrates North Korea The International Children's day. This culminates the political indoctrination of the nation's children. Throughout the country, marching children dressed in military uniforms with toy rifles and bayonets in hand. In pyonyang, 1 June this year, switched to attack children dolls of American soldiers with weapons.
Yet, as children anywhere else in the world, shows the small North Korean children inkindergarten kaeson more curiosity than fear and hatred in the meeting with Western journalists, including an American.
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