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By Pete Moore On December 19th, 2011

Commie dictator and all-round North Korean madman, Kim Jong-il, is dead. He keeled over on his way to give ‘field guidance’ apparently. How nice to have some good news for a change!

19 Responses to “DING DONG KIM IS DEAD”

  1. Amy Winehouse joined the “27 Club” when she died at the same age as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin & Kurt Cobain.

    Which means that Kim Jong Il has joined the “69 Club” of dictators along with Saddam and Gadaffi.

    Keep that image in mind.

  2. Solemn music, black ties, newsreader in tears.
    And that is just at the BBC….

  3. Now, now, David, no need to be so sarky.

    After all, they have it in their veins!

  4. Ross – Colm will not resist a comment on that club.

  5. The end of the Communist Monarchy

    The family that brought N Korea to its current level of prosperity

  6. Oh just herd that the son is taking over now

    Long live communist monarchy

  7. We should offer the North Koreans unlimited usage of Gordon Brown. As economic genius or human sacrifice…either one’s good. Though on second thoughts maybe the Norks have suffered enough.

  8. I simply had to revisit Christopher Hitchens’s unsurpassed God is Not Great. I vaguely recalled his mentioning North Korea.

    Here’s an excerpt:

    In the early months of this century, I made a visit to North Korea. Here, contained within a hermetic quadrilateral of territory enclosed either by sea or by near-impenetrable frontiers, is a land entirely given over to adulation. Every waking moment of the citizen—the subject—is consecrated to praise of the Supreme Being and his Father. Every schoolroom resounds with it, every film and opera and play is devoted to it, every radio and television transmission is given up to it.

    So are all books and magazines and newspaper articles, all sporting events and all workplaces. I used to wonder what it would be like to have to sing everlasting praises, and now I know.

    Nor is the devil forgotten: the unsleeping evil of outsiders and unbelievers is warded off with a perpetual vigilance, which includes daily moments of ritual in the workplace in which hatred of the “other” is inculcated. The North Korean state was born at about the same time that Nineteen Eighty-Four was published, and one could almost believe that the holy father of the state, Kim Il Sung, was given a copy of the novel and asked if he could make it work in practice. Yet even Orwell did not dare to have it said that “Big Brother’s” birth was attended by miraculous signs and portents—such as birds hailing the glorious event by singing in human words.

    Nor did the Inner Party of Airstrip One/Oceania spend billions of scarce dollars, at a time of horrific famine, to prove that the ludicrous mammal Kim Il Sung and his pathetic mammal son, Kim Jong Il, were two incarnations of the same person. (In this version of the Arian heresy so much condemned by Athanasius, North Korea is unique in having a dead man as head of state: Kim Jong Il is the head of the party and the army but the presidency is held in perpetuity by his deceased father, which makes the country a necrocracy or mausolocracy as well as a regime that is only one figure short of a Trinity.)

    The afterlife is not mentioned in North Korea, because the idea of a defection in any direction is very strongly discouraged, but as against that it is not claimed that the two Kims will continue to dominate you after you are dead. Students of the subject can easily see that what we have in North Korea is not so much an extreme form of Communism—the term is hardly mentioned amid the storms of ecstatic dedication—as a debased yet refined form of Confucianism and ancestor worship.

    When I left North Korea, which I did with a sense of mingled relief, outrage, and pity so strong that I can still summon it, I was leaving a totalitarian state and also a religious one. I have since talked with many of the brave people who are trying to undermine this atrocious system from within and without. Let me admit at once that some of the bravest of these resisters are fundamentalist Christian anti-Communists. One of these courageous men gave an interview not long ago in which he was honest enough to say that he had a difficult time preaching the idea of a saviour to the half-starved and terrified few who had managed to escape their prison-state. The whole idea of an infallible and all-powerful redeemer, they said, struck them as a bit too familiar.

  9. ross your twisted puppy aren’t you…..

    now we watch and see if Jr maintains the prison state of N Korea or we witness what happens when a nuclear military regime crumbles into chaos

  10. This guy was such a cliche tyrant he was almost fun.

    I wonder if these devotees get paid by the tear or by the howl.


    Interesting, Ross.

  11. ross your twisted puppy aren’t you…..

    It has been said.

  12. Pete,
    Evidently he had been in a deep depression after being told by his friends at the BBC that a certain Mr Pete Moore was still refusing to pay for his tv licence.
    Mr Kim Jong was overcome…. 😉

  13. It’s excellent news indeed. But I suspect that those who run the militarised banking state may be disappointed. If NK does drop its nuclear ambitions and moves towards unification with the South, what will be the pretext for keeping its military bases and especially the expansion of its navy into Cheju-do, the big island on the south Korean coast.

  14. Richard – Hitch wrote well but clearly was sending out some pre-emtive strikes against those who might point out that an atheist society, such as the type that North Korea came to be, might undermine some of his anti-religous arguments.

  15. Richard,
    “unsurpassed God is Not Great…”
    IF you are implying (and I’m not sure you are) that Kim Jong Il was like a religious figure, you will find no justification for that comparison within the Old and |New Testaments.

  16. Mahons,

    Don’t be fooled. This planet has yet to see an atheist society. North Korea certainly isn’t one; note Hitch’s aside on ancestor worship. This dovetails well with what I know personally of Korean society, north and south. The old god(s) never left, as was the case with the Soviet Union.


    I’m implying nothing. That quote is from Christopher Hitchens 🙂

  17. Richard – I’m not fooled, by religous fanatics or atheist fanatics.

  18. Richard,
    I know.
    anyone who sincerely doubts has my attention as long as they treat the subject with respect.
    Hitchens did.

  19. We moan and groan about the EU, BBC, coalition gov’t, etc etc…But, when I looked at photos and video of North Koreans weeping and wailing today, it just reminded me of how lucky we really are to live in free countries.
    They almost certainly weren’t actors or even an orchestrated crowd, they weren’t being paid, indeed they wouldn’t even have needed prompting – those people would know exactly what was required of them, and heaven help them if they displayed the slightest lack of lustre in their ‘grieving’. It was shameful to see people so imprisoned by a state. In countries like that, (as Vaclav Havel’s words reminded me the other day), each person must lock their true selves away in a secret place deep inside.
    So, yeah, I gave thanks for being free this morning, and was given a powerful reminder of why I hate communism.