Jonah in North Korea
I recently reread the book of Jonah (in the Bible). Jonah eventually explains that he originally refused to deliver his message to Nineveh because, if he did, there was a chance that the Ninevites would listen, change their ways, and thus escape the wrath of God. I think the best modern parallel is probably to North Korea, although the Assyrians were a lot nastier.
Now the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, "Arise, go to Pyongyang, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me."
Historically, the Assyrian empire was a pretty horribly place afterwards too, perhaps best described by their belief that everyone you killed when conquering a nation was one person who couldn't rebel later. You can sort of see why Jonah might have wanted to get rid of them.
And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, "Yet forty days, and North Korea shall be overthrown."
And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.
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