주체107(2018)년 9월 7일 《기사》
Songun and August 25
Songun was a principle that governed Chairman Kim Jong Il’s revolutionary ideology and practice and his political idea and mode.
On August 25, 1960, the Chairman inspected the Korean People’s Army (KPA) Seoul Ryu Kyong Su Guards 105th Tank Division, starting his Songun-based revolutionary leadership.
That day, spending quite a few hours with the officers and men of the unit in the sultry weather, he gave important instructions that reflected his political faith and Songun-based will. He said: The KPA should regard it as their general task to defend their leader (President Kim Il Sung) and their Party (the Workers’ Party of Korea) with their lives; the unit should conduct combat and political training as the anti-Japanese guerrillas did so as to increase its combat efficiency in every way; the defense industry of Korean style should be developed; and the People’s Army should pay an important role in the socialist construction.
His instructions served as a vital guiding principle to be consistently held to in army building and defense upbuilding.
Once, during a talk with KPA commanding officers, he recollected the WPK’s history of Songun with deep emotion.
During the Arduous March and the forced march decisive to the destiny of the country, he continued his inspection of the defense line posts of the country like Chol Pass, Mt. Osong, Hill 351, Height 1211, Panmunjom and Cho Island. Each of the faraway rough posts is associated with legendary stories of his love for soldiers.
One day over twenty years ago, he inspected a frontline post. Having climbed up to an observation point where an enemy post was visible to the naked eye, he gave important instructions and had a souvenir photograph taken with the soldiers there. Then he said: Lots of my sons and daughters are now defending the country in the frontline, and I should acquaint myself with their life in and out of service and encourage them. This requires me to go to the frontline.
Regarding all the soldiers on the frontline as his sons and daughters, he continued the Songun-based revolutionary leadership out of parental affection. Whenever he visited army units, he looked round their barracks, kitchens and wash-cum-bathrooms, storehouses and sideline fields in detail and even had a taste of their dishes.
When he saw soldiers having a meal in darkness during his inspection journey, he had the headlight of his car lit for them though he was very busy. And he went to meet soldiers at a frontline post as he had promised their parents, and had a photograph taken with them. When he visited an army unit, he waited outside in a cold wind for a long time lest he should wake up soldiers at dawn although he had traveled by night.
With such warm love for soldiers, he led the KPA to fully display its might as the architect of people’s happiness in the socialist construction as well as in national defense. During his continuous inspection of army units, he often said that the soldiers should continue to love and help the people and make breakthroughs in all difficult fronts for the building of a powerful nation by displaying the traits of army-people unity.
He dispatched soldiers to the difficult and labor-intensive projects such as the construction of a large-size power station and a motorway projects so that they performed labor exploits.
True to his intention, KPA soldiers made breakthroughs in those projects for the socialist construction under the slogan “Let us take upon ourselves both national defense and socialist construction!”
Thanks to the Songun-based leadership of the Chairman who created the new mode of regarding the People’s Army as the pillars of national defense and socialist construction and vigorously accelerating the overall socialist construction on the strength of the army’s spirit and mettle, the solid foundation was laid for the building of a socialist power.
Recollecting his history of Songun-based revolutionary leadership with deep emotion, the Korean people are now full of fierce determination to keep upholding his intention.