That’s good news!
Hard to believe it’s from natural cause.
Anyway, when compared to Saddam and possibly Lybia’s ex-president, his death can only bring potentially good tidings for koreans. It literally can’t get worse for them.
That is, if no general wants to come out on top with lots of sabre-rattlin’.
Which might end ugly.
Big question is how the chinese will handle the new guys, and what their general plans are with the peninsula.
I’d safely bet that a cleptocratic regime a la Myanmar will get Beijing’s blessing.
viceland dot com /vice travel guide) has some great videos about NK.[/quote]
I’m sorry, what? His son is crazier and more militant than he is. He has said, on more than one occasion, that he WILL reunite the two Koreas, whether South Korea wants it or not. Most of the Asian countries around N. Korea, excepting China, have held emergency meetings to discuss the fallout of Kim Jong Il dying. This is NOT a good thing. He was like God to them. This is like Jesus Christ dying all over again. [/quote]
Are you sure? I thought we know next to nothing about his son.
Dictator offspring traditionally has a hard time consolidating power.
If we take a look at the world, most dictatorships today face some serious turmoil when the royal scourge begins to rot.
Or from a different perspective:
It seem difficult to hand over the “reigns”, that’s why the Egyptian or the Lybian dude were too old for their own good.
So I assume -out of my ass- that the real power now is concentrated in the hands of Jong Un(?)'s advisers.
As it was probably already the case when Il Sung was getting feeble.
Then again, it’s NK and whose gods know what’s going on there?!
For all we know, they could just empower some pasty-faced, semi-retarded kid (he looks young, how old is he?) to be their new half god king.