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Kim Jong’s Illness Finally Takes Him

Posted on | December 18, 2011 | 20 Comments

by Smitty

BBC News has an un-embeddable clip.
They also mention that Kim Jong Il’s son, the apparent new leader of the Norks, is a fine young orator, who, despite having a Marxist past and neither academic nor private sector credentials, and having been merely ‘present’ for a little while around the capitol, is expected to enjoy a regime propped up through muscular control of the media.

via Dan Riehl on Twitter

Update: American Power rounds up the headlines. Ace trots out the flaming skull to light up the North Korean darkness.


20 Responses to “Kim Jong’s Illness Finally Takes Him”

  1. “Dear Leader” Kim Jong-il Dead at 69 « Catholic Bandita
    December 18th, 2011 @ 11:36 pm

    […] Smitty makes a witty observation. : Politics : Asia, Kim Jong-il, Kim Jong-nam, Kim Jong-un, North […]

  2. Lisa Graas
    December 18th, 2011 @ 11:37 pm

    Hey, I know someone who resembles that remark.

  3. Anonymous
    December 18th, 2011 @ 11:45 pm

    Dammit, Lisa! You beat me to it!

  4. Adjoran
    December 18th, 2011 @ 11:45 pm

    The kid spent a good part of his life abroad, so he’s seen how the
    world lives. If he’s smart, he’ll open the country up, pursue
    unification, and rejoin the IAEA and NPT and get rid of the nukes in
    exchange for a flood of food aid.

    If he acts quickly, he has enough support to start it and once it starts the people will really see him as a Beloved Leader.

    Unfortunately, the odds are he will follow Bashir Assad in filling
    Daddy’s shoes. There are certain ego gratifications to being a
    virtually absolute dictator.

  5. Anonymous
    December 18th, 2011 @ 11:58 pm
  6. Donald Douglas
    December 19th, 2011 @ 12:02 am

    Working on a post right now and will link you, Smitty…

  7. andycanuck
    December 19th, 2011 @ 12:07 am

    Several links here at Tim Blair’s newspaper blog including 10 crazy facts about Kim

  8. andycanuck
    December 19th, 2011 @ 12:10 am

    They are also both elitist-son slackers who’ve never had a real job in their lives before becoming president.

  9. Kim Jong Il Dead; North Korea Still Doesn't Have Electricity - The POH Diaries
    December 19th, 2011 @ 12:17 am

    […] believed to have died of a heart attack or from riding on a train, not sure which. I think he just died from plain old meanness and being a […]

  10. Mark Goluskin
    December 19th, 2011 @ 12:26 am

    That would be the Dear Leader Lite, Barack Hussein Obama. Oops! My bad! Can we call him by his FULL name?! LOL!

  11. Donald Douglas
    December 19th, 2011 @ 12:49 am

    Okay, got you linked. Kim’s son, Kim Jong Eun, can be seen at the video clip at the post: ‘North Korea’s Kim Jong Il Has Died’

  12. JeffS
    December 19th, 2011 @ 1:56 am

    Time for a sequel to “Team America: World Police”!

  13. EBL
    December 19th, 2011 @ 2:26 am

    Has anyone ever seen Charles Johnson and Kim Jong Il in the same place at the same time? 

  14. Kim Jong Il, not Il, dead. « Don Surber
    December 19th, 2011 @ 6:29 am

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  15. ThePaganTemple
    December 19th, 2011 @ 7:08 am

    There’s no way in hell that could ever happen even if he wanted it to happen, which I doubt he does. That system is rigged more than any other in history. If reform ever happened to South Korea, it would have to start with the military high brass, and that’s almost as unlikely as any one leader pushing it.

  16. Pathfinder's wife
    December 19th, 2011 @ 8:23 am

    The military brass might wind up acting like the old Soviet Politburo, in which case reforms may happen but over a period of time.  Nobody will want to stick their neck out and do something considered rash.

    That is if fatty mcbutterpants kid really becomes a figurehead.  He may turn out to be worse than Daddy…yeeesh.

    Whatever the case may be, the new Kim certainly adds to NK’s average adult weight ratio.

  17. Bob Belvedere
    December 19th, 2011 @ 8:41 am

    Has anyone seen Kim Jong [Very] Il’s son and Little Barry in the same room???

  18. Kim Jong Very Il « The Camp Of The Saints
    December 19th, 2011 @ 9:00 am

    […] word is his youngest son will take over the dictatorship. According to Admiral Of The Afghan Seas Smitty, the son: …is a fine young orator, who, despite having a […]

  19. ThePaganTemple
    December 19th, 2011 @ 9:25 am

    I think the NK military is a lot more disciplined than the old Soviet Politburo, and even more controlling. Once somebody rises in the ranks they have every reason to keep the system going and absolutely no reason to make waves. That’s why the place hasn’t changed to any measurable degree over sixty some years.

  20. Pathfinder's wife
    December 19th, 2011 @ 9:39 am

    I would have agreed 10 years ago, but the internal situation is starting to really unwind in NK — as witness that defection that took place a short time ago; something’s up (and it isn’t the economy).
    Of course, what I was suggesting was the best case scenario — that the military leadership will decide they don’t want to follow sonny boy, in which case (and with some behind the scenes prompting from China) they lighten things up but still keep the system (and the role of being China’s buffer and pet not quite as feral dog).  Worst case is Butterpants is even more ruthless, “mercurial”, and decadent than Daddy.