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Kim Jong-il, North Korean Leader, Dies  NYT

69-Year-Old Was Ill Since Reported Stroke in 2008

SEOUL, South Korea -- Kim Jong-il, the reclusive North Korean leader who has been battling ill health following a reported stroke in 2008, has died, the North's official news media reported on Monday.

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Mr. Kim was 69 years old. Since he reportedly suffered a stroke in 2008, he has been grooming his third son, Kim Jong-un, believed to be in his late 20s, to be his successor, as his country struggled to fight widespread food shortages and international sanctions imposed for its nuclear weapons development.

Called the "Dear Leader" by his people, Mr. Kim, the son of North Korea's founder, remained an unknowable figure. Yet he fostered perhaps the last personality cult in the Communist world. He had been grooming his third son, Kim Jong-un, to be his successor.

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Mr. Kim was a source of fascination inside the Central Intelligence Agency, which interviewed his mistresses, tried to track his whereabouts and psychoanalyzed his motives. And he was an object of parody in American culture.



"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Dec 18th, 2011 at 11:58:45 PM EST
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This Youtube footage from the North Korean state media shows masses grieving dramatically.

What to say?

Onion.com is quick with the headline
Kim Jong-Un [the son] Privately Doubting He's Crazy Enough To Run North Korea

For a crazy incorrect association, I throw in this recent Onion headline:
Nation Would Rather Think About 9/11 Than Anything From Subsequent 10 Years
Well, if North Korea would come as the last country finally joining the [collapsing] free world soon, crying might be appropriate enough.

by das monde on Mon Dec 19th, 2011 at 05:09:43 AM EST
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Considering Merkozy and the horrors of the Cleggeron - never mind China's Glorious Capitalism™ - N. Korea might be better off running away from the free world  for a bit longer.

At this rate NK will have the world's most robust economy a few years from now.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Dec 19th, 2011 at 05:18:16 AM EST
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seen people saying that Havel, Hitchens and Kim arriving in a notional place will be interesting, but if these things happen in 3's does hitchens fit, or should we still be waiting for the Thatcher jackpot?

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Mon Dec 19th, 2011 at 05:35:59 AM EST
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I was just pointing out that NK hardly has a monopoly on Teh Utter Crazee.

It's obvious to us that Kim Jong Thing was a loon, but perhaps not so obvious that Merkel, Bernanke, etc are hardly much saner.

Of course, they are infinitely more serious.

As for Thatcher - well, huh, dyathink?

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Dec 19th, 2011 at 06:01:27 AM EST
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NK hardly has a monopoly on Teh Utter Crazee.

It was my sense of just how profoundly this applies to the USA and Europe that prevented me from further commenting on North Korea.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Dec 19th, 2011 at 06:57:09 AM EST
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They certainly know how to cure obesity.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Mon Dec 19th, 2011 at 08:17:15 AM EST
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  1. The ultimate goal of FOX ... the world after Rupert dies.

  2. People who know they're being watched and consider this a job interview.

  3. Guys trying to get laid, ladies checking out the guys ... same old shit.


They tried to assimilate me. They failed.
by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Mon Dec 19th, 2011 at 08:48:32 AM EST
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