Seventeen Years of Solitude

After seventeen years of absolute power, the Dear Leader of the People’s Paradise — whose joyful subjects ate bark and grass and were glad to get it — has died.

I have no idea what will happen in North Korea after Kim Jong-Il. Reading the entrails of that godforsaken animal is more than I can do.

Here’s the report from The Los Angeles Times:

North Korea Says Leader Kim Jong Il Has Died

REPORTING FROM SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, the mercurial strongman extolled at home as the “Dear Leader” and reviled abroad as a tyrant, has died at 69, North Korean media reported Monday.

Kim’s death was announced by state television from the North Korean capital, Pyongyang. No cause of death was reported, but Kim was believed to have suffered in recent years from diabetes and heart disease.

The diminutive leader was believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008 but nonetheless appeared in numerous photos released by state media as he toured state facilities and in recent months embarked on rare trips outside North Korea — to China and Russia.

In September 2010, Kim announced that his foreign-educated third son, Kim Jong Eun, would succeed him as the regime’s third leader since its emergence more than a half century ago.

Kim, who came to power in 1994 upon the death of his father, North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, led one of the world’s most enduring dictatorships, a repressive regime that has long defied predictions of its demise. Against the odds, it survived into the 21st century while its people went hungry and its allies drifted away to pursue globalization and reform…

As Vlad says, “Kim Jong Ill is no longer Ill. He is now dead.”

4 thoughts on “Seventeen Years of Solitude

  1. There was uncertainty about what would happen when Kim Il-Sung (he of the second head growing out of the side of his neck) died.

    At that time, the right moves by the Western community could have led to a commitment to reunify North and South Korea.

    This time, there is no question about following the established path of succession for the Kim family. There are no ‘moderate’ elements in the military leadership seeking a chance for peaceful reconciliation. There is no faith on the part of South Koreans that any serious will to help exists in the West.

  2. I don’t know if I believe in a literal hell or not, but if there is one, I hope Kim Jong Il rots there.

    That being said, I’ve always thought the military generals were the real ones in charge and that Dear Leader was just a tool.

    God help the North Korean people.


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