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19 December 2011 @ 06:36 am
Dictatorial Death  
Kim Jong Il, the dictator who used fear and isolation to maintain power in North Korea and his nuclear weapons to menace his neighbors and threaten the U.S., has died, North Korean state television reported early Monday. Mr. Kim, who was 69 or 70 years old, according to varying accounts, died during a train ride on Saturday, a weeping television announcer said. He was believed to have been in ill health since suffering a stroke in 2008, and North Korean media said he experienced an "advanced acute myorcardial infarction," or heart attack.

His death opens a new and potentially dangerous period of transition and instability for North Korea and northeast Asia. Mr. Kim in September 2010 tapped the youngest of his three sons, Kim Jong Eun, to succeed him, and North Korean state television on Monday said the younger Mr. Kim will lead the country. I guess we wait and see what happens now.
Stax: Stax Fiyastaxxy on December 19th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
Spydr and I were chatting about this yesterday. This may be a Very Bad Thing or it may be a Very Messy Thing, but it seems likely to be one or the other. As Spydr pointed out, the son is not the luxury worshipper his father was, which may be good for the Korean people on the whole (less money to build palaces, and more money for other things), but his son was raise in military academies and with a strict military bent. I am wondering if there will be a civil war in the north alone (if the milita rebels against him, for instance), if he will start the war with the south up again, or if he will perhaps unite both halves and try invading neighbors.

We both agreed it would be interesting to watch what does happen.
freyisfreyis on December 19th, 2011 10:03 pm (UTC)
We can only hope that his son cares more for his people than his father did.