Madandory Kim Jong il is dead post

Kim Jong il, the crazy dictator from North Korea is dead. He was 69 years old. I’m not gonna say much about him. He falls in the category of “better off dead.”

This is one of those unexpected events that comes up from time to time. He’s dead, but it is unclear who will be his successor. He anointed his third son, Kim Jong-un, to replace him but some people may have other ideas. Anything is possible:

South Korea’s military is on “emergency alert” just in case the North does something rash. That could happen inadvertently, if the chain of command starts to break down under the weight of power struggles and NK units go rogue, or intentionally if the NorK leadership fears mass military desertions or a popular uprising inspired by the death of the camp-commandant-in-chief. Frankly, I wonder if North Koreans are physiologically capable of that; as in any cult worth its salt, they’ve been brainwashed and malnourished to the point where resistance may now be literally unthinkable. But never underestimate the paranoia of a totalitarian regime: Kim Jong-un, or whoever’s running North Korea, may conclude that the only way to keep the people timid, distracted, and united is by picking a fight with the enemy. That won’t end well for them if it escalates to actual war, but a limited provocation — like a new nuclear test, for starters — might be enough of a show of force to keep everyone at home in line.

This could end up being a major foreign policy crisis or even a shooting war. If it does, it could end up giving Obama a chance to finally demonstrate leadership. Or it could be just another chance for him to demonstrate epic fail.

On the other hand this could end up just being a new phase of a long-simmering problem.

IOW – stay tuned.

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15 Responses to Madandory Kim Jong il is dead post

  1. r u reddy says:

    It really becomes up to China/Russia to solve this problem they helped to nurture and create. They are closest to it all. Many NorKoreans may well try to “break for freedom” across the Yalu River into China.

    • myiq2xu says:

      For 60 years Koreas have been in an armed stand-off. SK is an industrialized nation and a competitor of China. NK is an armed camp full of poor and starving people. I don’t know what China will do but I wouldn’t put it past them to let the two sides shoot it out.

      The sure won’t be happy to have it all end with our military sitting on their border.

  2. Three Wickets says:

    27 year old with a Swiss education, now commander of the 4th largest standing army in the world. Anything is possible.

    • Three Wickets says:

      Dad’s probably been dead for a while. Believe US just concluded a deal with NK yesterday to provide food in exchange for a nuclear weapons freeze. Also the US will further draw down bases in SK and Japan, while the two nations will in turn bulk up their NK defenses. As long as China’s economy does not collapse, a flame war in the region is unlikely. There are too many economic interlinkages these days.

  3. DeniseVB says:

    Maybe they’ll turn on some lights now…..

  4. OldCoastie says:

    Watching the NK mourners on tv… it all looks very strange.

  5. yttik says:

    I guess there’s an underground economy going on in NK, where people illegally engage in some commerce to try and provide for themselves. Capitalism is something that people always seem to engage in, cooperation and the exchange of goods and services as a means of survival. I wish those in the US who claim “capitalism is evil” would stop parroting talking points and be more specific about what they want to change. I think many people have no idea how horrendous it is when a Gov prevents you from engaging in commerce. People always wind up starving, waiting in breadlines, subjected to the whims of their government.

  6. DeniseVB says:

    Too many tweets to list, but iowahawk is on a Kim Jong-il ROLL 😀!/iowahawkblog

    especially the #kimjongilpositives hashtag LOL….created the perfect society for #OWS

    • Lulu says:

      iowahawkblog David Burge
      It’s gonna be a lonely weekend for George Soros at the 2012 SupervillainCon.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    Everybody ok ? Longest I’ve gone without a fishing hole fix 😉

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