It is a privilege to hate the West

The scene of Mike Pence and Kim Jong-Un’s sister, Kim Yo-Jong, sitting together at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony has exposed something sinister and alarming about the liberal media: its wilful reluctance to be truthful about the West.

Indeed, reading most newspapers, one could be forgiven for thinking the West is the most oppressive place on earth. Journalists have done everything they can to prove Trump and his government are fascists. But when these same commentators were presented with an actual fascist – Kim Yo-Jong, Pyongyang’s PR queen – they swooned and gasped, like a bunch of silly school girls.

“Kim Jong-un’s Sister Turns on the Charm, Taking Pence’s Spotlight”, read the New York Times, which said that Ms. Kim had “managed to outflank Mr. Trump’s envoy to the Olympics”. “Kim Jong Un’s sister is stealing the show at the Winter Olympics”, said CNN; another paper complimented her “charm offensive”.

When it came to Mike Pence they were not so flattering; Slate magazine asked: “Is Mike Pence the biggest jerk of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics?” Others were even more poisonous, joking that Americans might want to flee the oppressive US.

These critiques are not so much laughable, but an insult to the citizens of North Korea: a country in which people are systematically murdered, tortured, raped, starved and where forced abortions are performed by injecting motor oil into the wombs of pregnant women. But the US is worse, right? The US deserves more condemnation?

Such double standards in reporting are indicative of many Westerners’ disgust for their own countries, for reasons that are quite perplexing. There is a fashionable assumption to believe that the West is corrupted, restrictive and responsible for every evil in the world; that the ‘system’ needs overthrowing and made better. Really?

I somewhat expect that humans reach the self-destruct button once they have achieved everything they need; liberty, basic needs and nice television sets. Maslow suggested that when we have it all, we self-actualise, but more often than not we navel-gaze, unable to see how lucky we are from an objective perspective.

What is all the more hypocritical about the commentators who have flattered North Korea is that it’s often these same people who pretend to care about the international community, projecting themselves as charitable globalists.

Actually, they only care about worldwide crises when they’re caused by the West, so as to justify their own hatred of it. When regimes have their own self-inflicted evils, commentators will never say so.

This is not only evident from the Winter Olympics coverage, but the lack of interest Iran has had in its protests, and the dearth of commentary around President Rodrigo Duterte – the murderous leader of the Philippines – who recently ordered his soldiers to shoot female rebels in the vagina.

If only these murderous dictators were treated with the same contempt afforded to Trump and his associates – Bambi and Thumper in comparison – perhaps some real social progress might be made.

But it’s impossible when Westerners are so unwilling to appreciate their own fortune. Thinking you’ve got it tough in the West is the new “let them eat cake”.

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