North Korea Mourns Dear Leader

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  1. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68030

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    People wept over Stalin in much the same way, and he may be responsible for more murder than any human being in history, certinaly in modern history.

    North Korean society operates very differently for ours. You cannot expect people in their circumstances to evaluate the North Korean government the way we do. I would say that most are probably aware of a certain level of injustice, but their ability to compare this relative to other political systems is, in most cases, almost nonexistant. They are raised on and fed a constant diet of the most aggressive propaganda.
     
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    You know, it happens in a lot of other places, although Kim was not the kind of dictator who also brought development (like Trujillo, for instance). On NPR fear of reprisal was definitely mentioned as a speculative reason that his death brought so much attention. (Also perhaps the ones who come to mourn him are not the ones who are starving).
     
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    Remember a lot of it will be a set up for cameras, North Korea do this kind of thing all the time.
     
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    Camera On = Cry Camera Off = Smile, but don't get caught.
     
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    Unfortunately i doubt we will see a revolution in north korea any time this century. People in Asian countries tend to be too law abiding and obedient for their own good, it's just part of the culture.
     
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    I think we need some stability in the short term - a smooth transition of power to Kim Jong-un is a better outcome than a coup d'etat by the North Korean military brass, or some international incident that triggers a war. In its present state, North Korea is almost revolution-proof.

    In the long term, the best we can hope for is that Kim Jong-un is more amenable to a political thaw than his father was. But it will be years before any steps in that direction can be taken, even in the best case scenario.

    Even in the best case scenario, I have to imagine that North Korea will remain a strong ally of China and to a lesser extent Russia.
     
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    China will still play them like a harp, to keep the region unstable.
     

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