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The long awaited death of Kim Jong Il has finally happened. He can join Hitler, Stalin, Saddam, and his father in whatever afterlife psychotic mass murderers get. But the succesion is the rub. North Korea is truly a garrison state, it is a military camp, surrounding a Potemkin villiage, (to serve the servants of the elite) surrounding  a tiny Xanadu for the Kims and their intimates, the rest of the country is a Gulag, not much nicer than the camps of Hitler or Stalin.

    "Police State"  hardly begins to describe it. The Kims are virtual dieties, the state is constructed to enforce their worship. Old Kim Il Sung, although long dead, is still officially 'head of state'. What passes for music in N.Korea, is 'popular' hymns praising the 'great' and 'dear' leaders. North Korea is closer to a mass psychosis than a functioning country. But it is armed to the teeth, and hostile, paranoid to the point of madness. The Military is lead by men in their 70's and 80's, old a deeply conservative, with a death grip on their power and privileges.
     Famine has been a reality for most of the population for years, no one knows the death toll, it might be millions, but the Kims 'party on', and the military polishes it's guns. Easily the worlds most  evil  government, North Korea is a bomb that can explode if 'jostled' even slightly at this dangerous juncture, lets hope it doesn't explode.

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    May you live in interesting times--Chinese curse

    by oldcrow on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 09:27:34 PM PST

  •  The North Korean Economy Seen From Space (11+ / 0-)

    at night.

    They often say the poor are invisible. Do tell.
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    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 09:31:08 PM PST

  •  Indeed. (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    bythesea, mookins, Zack from the SFV

    I'm working here now in China but may post a follow-up tonight if I can find the time to do it justice.

    I think in the next few weeks it will become more apparent to the world why China has pursued a policy of arms-length engagement.

    And given the timing, as the cold weather and hunger season descends, the world will have to respond quickly but carefully.

    This will take generations to unwind.

    What about my Daughter's future?

    by koNko on Sun Dec 18, 2011 at 11:28:45 PM PST

  •  Afterlife? He's already dissolved- (0+ / 0-)

    there's nothing of him that has a home up there. It's like Harrison's line in the song 'Run of the Mill':

    How high will you leap?

    Will you make enough for you to reap it?

    Anyway, if their High Command has magazine-reading capability, they'll know that we've got our spaceplane ready to drop hypersonic kinetic-energy penetrators with micronuke warheads that can tunnel down to any bunker they can possibly build, where they would all lose their cushy lives.

  •  I don't forsee Kim Il-un being much better (0+ / 0-)

    He, with his fat moon face, looks like the very epitome of the bullying, arrogant, spoiled favorite child. Someone who's been given absolutely everything he's ever desired without argument and will continue to expect and demand everything now that he's the head of an actual real country. And being that he's so young his tyranny will be for the ages.

    When you think about what North Korea suffers through, the problems of the US are a mere bagatelle.

    •  North Korea needs to go the way of Libya. (0+ / 0-)

      some stylish Ray-Bans or Oakleys wouldn't  hurt either.

      "Y'know, that's one of the things I like about him. He's been consistent since he changed his mind." ---Christine O'Donnell

      by Miss Ile on Mon Dec 19, 2011 at 08:44:13 AM PST

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