John Gorenfeld

John Gorenfeld is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in Salon, Wired, the Guardian, and other publications.

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Dear Leader's Paper Moon

“[The Reverend Sun Myung] Moon's speeches foresee an apocalyptic confrontation involving the United States, Russia, China, Japan, and North and South Korea, in which the Moon Organization would play a key role. Under these circumstances, the subcommittee believes it is in the interest of the United States to know what control Moon and his followers have over instruments of war and to what extent they are in a position to influence Korean defense policies.” -- U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee report, “Investigation of Korean-American Relations,” October 31, 1978 Several years ago, the communist dictator of North Korea decided to send a birthday gift to a special friend. The gift was a rare ginseng root, and the recipient, given the ideology of the sender, may seem at first blush to be a surprise: the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, self-proclaimed messiah and proud owner of Washington's flagship right-wing newspaper, The Washington Times . Their relationship, in fact, is based on more...