Oh Goody! Foxnews.com just cited “a veteran Japanese expert on North Korea” has declared that Kim Jong Il is really dead (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,418205,00.html), and has been dead since 2003. According to this experts sources the man died of diabetes related complications. But due to his paranoia about threats on his life, he had four stand-in actors that would go to events in his place. So the person who has been representing North Korea on the world stage is an impostor. Of course the ‘expert’ is pushing a book.
Don’t get me wrong, the world would be a better place without the man. His selfishness has impoverished and starved his people. His greed has his average citizens living in standards that are unfathomable to most of the industrialized world. The favored few are feted and given perks that are lavish and gluttonous in comparison to the rest of the country.
Frankly, I see this ‘death’ as wishful thinking on the part of a person who wishes that an era was over. North Korea represents a threat in the Pan-Asian arena. Not because they are a vast army. But because they have a selfish, pompous mad man who plays dice with the lives of his people, Kim Jong Il is crafty and seizes every opportunity that the more well behaved nations of the world provide him.
He is dangerous because he is irresponsible enough to use nuclear armament to get his way regardless of the cost. He possesses processed uranium which allows him to have a say in United Nations. Every time things do not go his way, like a spoiled brat, he breaks his word and starts to take the steps to processing weapons grade uranium. That gets the world to back down and he once more gets what he wants.
Whether the man is alive or dead, that really doesn’t matter. What matters is the health and well being of the North Korean people. They starve as their leaders grow fat as pigs.