Thursday, November 18, 2004

KJI's depressed too...
from the mind of  Daredemo.

Looks like not all distraught Kerry supporters are in the US... The Times of London has an article on some of the interesting developments in the Demented People's Republic of Korea -- remarking on how Kim Jong-il's depression over the loss of his favorite wife got much deeper upon the reelection of President Bush:
As Japanese envoys tried to persuade the North Koreans last week to rejoin multinational talks, Kim's absence from the scene led to speculation that a debilitating power struggle may have paralysed the ruling clan. This followed the death of Koh Young-hee, a dancer who had provided Kim with an heir apparent to the world's only communist dynasty.

"The loss of this woman was a blow," said a foreign diplomat. "But John Kerry's loss in the US election was a harder one. These are now very worried men."

further down:
Kim's prestige suffered a blow after he gambled and lost on a Kerry victory. The North Koreans played a waiting game through three rounds of nuclear talks in the belief that Kim could cut a better deal with a Democratic administration.

Sounds like he's got a lot of reasons to worry these days... There has been a fair amount of speculation lately that KJI might be losing favor, or that there even has been a coup -- apparently those unfortunate to have been in the DPRK recently have noticed that some of the ever present portraits of KJI have been removed. There was also a report yesterday in the Sankei Shimbun (in Japanese) that there have been groups spreading anti-KJI leaflets around the country. A less detailed English version is here. Apparently there has been a sort of chain letter writing campaign (CIA?), where people have been copying by hand and exchanging notes listing the "10 lies of Kim Il Sung, and Kim Jong Il", to spread rumors about some of the problems with KJI's hagiography. They emphasize for example that KJI was not in fact of the exalted military class, born in Russia -- not Korea, and that he was really descended from rich land owners, all things less than favorable in the eyes of those indoctrinated under the DPRK system...

So while the networks harp on US Marines that have the audacity to kill their enemies, and what the bleeding edge latest is in the Scott Peterson trial, keep your eyes out for what may be the more interesting news in the near future... A very good source to do that is the North Korea zone link on the sidebar here...


Blogger BillyBudd said...

He might be coming down with the"Russian Cold" that afflicted so many Soviet leaders during the COLD war. (pun intended)They might lock him in a room and throw away the room. The North Koreans don't want to be on the wrong side of history. Team America probably scared him as well.

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