North Korea's ‘Big Lie’ era may be over as it admits to fiery rocket failure
But unlike previous launch failures, the repressive, isolated neo-Stalinist regime now headed by 20-something Kim Jong Un was quick – at least by Pyongyang’s standards – to admit the fiery failure.
The era of the Big Lie may finally have ended in North Korea, decades after most totalitarian regimes realized that even a brutally-repressed people can’t be kept collectively ignorant.
In the coming days, watching how Pyongyang plays the failure may signal whether the new leader really heralds a new era. The old ‘Big Lie’ of claiming success has been jettisoned. But if the rocket’s failure is blamed on foreign enemies, then the new era may not be so new.