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Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by Prof., Dec 18, 2011.
AP, CNN, MSNBC confirms.
Interesting ... I wonder how his son Kim Jong Un will run the country
I'm sure he won't be missed.
except for all the comedy sketches that he helped provide material for.
but on a serious note, i did just see this from the AP press. wonder what will happen to North Korea going forward.
I can see three things happen:
Revolt (quickly controlled, everything back to normal in a few weeks)
We'll see, but it's a critical moment for North Korea.
Now that's too bad! /sarcasm
The cause of death was a heart attack (according to KCNA). This shouldn't be a surprise, since the democratic people's tyrant did have diabetes and heart disease due to his weakness for cigars, cognac and gourmet cuisine.
It's a big moment. Obviously this was foreseen to some extent, with the public presentation of his successor already accomplished. But totalitarian states rarely have smooth successions. What next?
Damn. Osama bin Laden, Qaddafi, Kim Jong Il, Steve Jobs...
...2011 has not been a good year for dictators
bin Laden was not actually a dictator.
Poor rittle Kim.
A revolt will be as likely as blu-ray on a Mac-
not even a possibility.
I'll admit there is one thing I'll miss about Kim Jong Il. We share a birthday, and I would always see some world news clip of these elaborate dances performed by like 1000s of people.
Am I supposed to cry? Good riddance.
I used to be a crazed dictator like you . . .
Only the good die young.
No wonder Dragon was always breathing fire
Joking aside, they always say 2012 is the end of the world, but only for those trying to control it.
So do they change his name from Il to dead?
That will mean the end of this too: http://kimjongillookingatthings.tumblr.com/
A special kind of *******, as we used to say.
A great loss for comedy, that's for sure. I hope the people revolt, successfully. Something has to be done.
Alas, this is next
Don't expect many changes.
Let's wait for the "welcome" test nuke ... And that's no sarcasm. I kind of expect that as demonstration of continuity.
Though I hope that that 6-party talk gets a fresh restart; maybe with some pre-support from the west with respect to the coming winter.
What freaks me out is the very real possibility that, the grief isn't staged. The accounts of heard of North Korea is that it's just bizarre, the people are totally brainwashed/beaten down, and totally disconnected from the outside world and global reality.
I think it might be the result of some odd combination of far eastern cultural subservience, with a feeling that the whole world is against them, combined with endless propaganda.
The end result is that I don't even think N. Koreans realize how f*ed their country is...
Then again most Americans don't realize how totally screwed up America and the rest of the Western World is so maybe they're not so different after all.