Kim Jong Dead

The world received the most wondrous Christmas gift of the year today. Kim Jong Il, the lunatic crazy dictator of North Korea, is dead at age 69. North Korean media states he died of heart failure after a stressful journey to do a field inspection. I don't know. Last I checked, one requires a heart before one can die from its failure. In all likelihood, his equally crazy and/or brainwashed son, Kim Jong Un, will assume control of the country.

As a result, South Korea, China, and the US are all on military alert. Probably rightly so since the crazy son might just want to do something dumb to assert himself.

Maybe the world will get lucky and the North Koreans will wake up, but that doesn't seem likely. It's going to take a miracle to get those people dragged screaming into the 21st century.
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"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil

Well. I guess that's that then.

       
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Posted on Dec 18, 2011 10:14 pm by Samson in: | 10 comment(s) [Closed]
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. I don't know. Last I checked, one requires a heart before one can die from its failure.


LOLz

Probably rightly so since the crazy son might just want to do something dumb to assert himself.


Yeah King Kong Kill is much worse than his father ever was.

It's going to take a miracle to get those people dragged screaming into the 21st century.


Makes ou wonder yeah, those people have had nothing but abuse for 50 years but they are happy to be eating hay and weed seeds and die total abject poverty, than to take up arms and die in the name of freedom. Some people just do not want liberation.

       
Well to be fair, the people of NK have been living under the delusion that Kim Jong Il and his family are gods, or very near to it. They have little if any exposure to outside media sources so they genuinely have no idea what they're missing. It's hard to want what you don't realize you don't have. Hence why they need to be dragged there.

That said, a conventional war against North Korea would be suicide. They would be fighting as religious fanatics in defense of their god. That's far, FAR worse than a free man defending his home from invaders.

       
'Good Fucking Riddance' was the first thing that crossed my mind when I heard of this.

I didn't like 1984 that much, but North Korea certainly has some parallels with it, which would explain why they haven't had any sort of revolution. As Samson effectively pointed out. Maybe once China loosens up the south might be able to move in and take over, but I don't see that coming anytime soon.

The best hope for North Korea, I would guess, is that Kim Jong Un might realize that if you open up to the outside world and loosen the communist restraints, he can become more powerful, with the rest of the country benefiting along the way. Or he might do something dumb to assert himself. Fallout: South Korea, anyone? (actually, I was under the impression that Kim Jong Un was effectively already in control anyway, but who knows)

       
This link I have just been given seems relevant.

Also, that was a little surprising. Christopher Hitchens, I expected. Kim Jong Il maybe not so much.

       
Anonymous [Anon] said:
Comment #5 Dec 19, 2011 12:58 pm
It is commonly taken for granted that the likes of Hitler, Saddam, Gadaffi and the Kim dynasty are insane.

Assuming that such terrible people are extreme, utterly unusual and outside normal parameters may give us the reassuring feeling that it couldn't possible happen here, or happen again. What if they're not? What if many people could become a horrible dictator given the wrong circumstances?

(Some of these guys were obviously less than entirely sane. Hitler probably had a war trauma after 4 years in the trenches, and was obsessed with the injustice of the treaty of Versailles. His rants resonated with a population that had a war trauma and was obsessed with the injustice of the treaty of Versailles. Had he been born in Costa Rica in stead, perhaps he would have been locally known as that postcard painter with a chip on his shoulder, he would certainly not have been noteworthy. )

       
Hitler may well have had syphilis too (possibly caught from a Jewish girl).

Gaddafi's an interesting case. I remember listening a veteran American diplomat who said something along the line of 'when Gaddafi came into power he was twenty seven, just like me. And when your twenty seven you've got a lot of testosterone pumping around your body and a lot of crazy ideas in your head. And while I came to realize that my crazy idea's just weren't going to happen, Gaddafi got use to the idea that no-one was going to say no to him.' Perhaps he was just a bit nuts in the first place though.

       
There are probably a lot more budding Hitlers, Qadaffis, and Jong Ils in the world right now that just aren't in a position to capitalize on their desires and never will be. I think there's a good chance many of them simply go on to become notorious serial killers instead.

       
Power corrupts, it is only the degree to which that corruption is exercised that makes the difference. While our western example might compare weakly to the actions of a Kim Jong, they none the less exist, from presidents copping blow jobs in the oval office and government officials taking bribes, to ceo's running corrupt companies and bankers embezzling money. The only thing we can be assured of, is power will corrupt most people to some degree.

       
I wanted to post something similar on DC, but I didn't have the balls :grinning: I seriously hated this guy.

       
A little slice of the batshit craziness that goes on inside of North Korea.

I was fairly surprised by just how much the 'dear leader' pops up everywhere. If you consider the worship of him a religion, then North Korea is easily the most religious nation in existence.

       
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