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North Korean Leader Kim Jong Il Has Died

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Kim Jong Il, North Korea's mercurial and enigmatic leader whose iron rule and nuclear ambitions dominated world security fears for more than a decade, has died. He was 69.

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Patricia E. G (54)
Monday December 19, 2011, 12:41 am
Kim Jong lived a lavished life for a Communist

Jarno Lahtinen (26)
Monday December 19, 2011, 12:43 am
Now we can only wait and see what happens. A time of a transition of power in a totalitarian regime is a time of peril for that regime - I wonder if we'll see the son, Kim Jong Un take power, and whether it'll just be more of the same after that. And how much actual power does the dictator of North Korea have? So little is known - is he merely a figurehead, with the actual power held by a military junta?

The son is thought to have been educated in Switzerland, so we can only hope that he's picked up some more progressive, and democratic ideas on his stay in a Western democracy. I'm not too optimistic though. Wait and see.

Ellen m (215)
Monday December 19, 2011, 5:24 am
This is much bigger news, with an equally important outcome that the media just hasn't done service to.

And may I add it couldn't have happened to a worse person. :-))

Thanks Cal

Naoko i (264)
Monday December 19, 2011, 5:29 am
During his regime Kim Jong Il has abducted many Japanese to his country, but denied his involvement. I really hope his son is a bit more sincere...but of course can't be optimistic. While I hope there won't be much confusion or instability in and around North Korea, I also believe the country needs its system totally changed.

Carol H (229)
Monday December 19, 2011, 5:59 am
noted, thanks Cal

Kit B (276)
Monday December 19, 2011, 7:02 am

Sorry about that, but only one thought entered my head when I read of the passing of this tyrant. "Ding-dong the witch is dead, the wicked witch is dead." Let it be, that these people may finally live as our fellow humans and no longer treated as slaves to the state. North Korea like the USSR, used and misused the idea of communism, both were/are totalitarian states ruled by corrupt over inflated egos of the worst kind. I shed no tears in the passing of this cruel man.

Elizabeth Fuller (134)
Monday December 19, 2011, 7:03 am
Noted, I hope things change for the better, but I hear his son is just as merciless as he...maybe a mask to please his dearly departed dad.

Mike H (252)
Monday December 19, 2011, 8:15 am
Good riddance to an evil person who lived in luxury while the people starved and ate dogs.

Daniel Partlow (179)
Monday December 19, 2011, 11:16 am
This may bring more trouble to our world. The next leader may be worse. I hope not!

Christoffer B (18)
Monday December 19, 2011, 11:26 am
Good riddance!

Now let's wait for Castro to kick the bucket.

Eric Gilmartin (361)
Monday December 19, 2011, 11:27 am
The world (outside of his country, that is) won't miss him; he was a despot - we can only hope his son doesn't take the totalitarian excesses of this man to even greater heights of outrage and controversy. An interregnum ("time without a king") is a dicey process to endure, even for a freer nation; one wonders how North Korea will navigate this time.

Past Member (0)
Monday December 19, 2011, 11:29 am
Good riddance to bad rubbish! Here's hoping the heir is not worse!

Holly Lawrence (430)
Monday December 19, 2011, 12:00 pm
Enjoy HELL...

Kenneth L (314)
Monday December 19, 2011, 12:16 pm

Past Member (0)
Monday December 19, 2011, 12:59 pm
Let us hope that he is not replaced with yet another psychotic, paranoid, mentally depraved tyrant. I fear that he has trained his son to run things in the same destructive manner and further ruin lives, but, perhaps a revolution will occur and the military themselves will rebel.

Yvonne White (229)
Monday December 19, 2011, 2:18 pm
It would be nice if the people just removed the barriers & rejoined South Korea... I doubt the Chinese would like that though.. I think comedians will miss Jong, he was the first openly Crazy Bitch Dictator!;)

Robert O (12)
Monday December 19, 2011, 2:36 pm
Sad to say but from what I've heard and read elsewhere, his son is a chip off the old block, so it looks like North Korea will be in for a continuation of the Kim Sr. dynasty. Thanks Cal.

Fred Krohn (34)
Monday December 19, 2011, 5:26 pm
Good riddance to the elder scumbag. Let's hope his brat suffers a short life and that Seoul can recover their renegade territory before some other tyrant starts a shooting war. Pyongyang is an illegal regime and deserves to topple!

Billie C (2)
Monday December 19, 2011, 6:01 pm
lets hope baby boy doesn't decide he has things to prove. maybe the people can get free somehow.

Dolores M (8)
Monday December 19, 2011, 6:16 pm
Tyrannt....too bad the rest of them don't follow him, like the one in Iran!!

Monday December 19, 2011, 6:21 pm

Sue Matheson (79)
Monday December 19, 2011, 7:47 pm
ding dong!

Robert B (60)
Monday December 19, 2011, 7:53 pm
Another life lived badly. A wasted, selfish and incompetent life. How sad and even worse that his son may be just as bad. Let's hope this regime collapses and the people finally get a chance at a normal and happy life.

bu s (1)
Monday December 19, 2011, 10:32 pm
China had found a strong ally in Kim Jong II and China will do every thing in its power to continue to make North Korea into thinking it is in common communist interests that N Korea do not change policy. China will help N Korea but it will also make it a dependent communist country.

Marianna molnar woods (9)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 12:55 am
he was the devils right hand, and i belive he will continue to be is a great thing that he is no longer among the living and no longer dirts the surface of the earth with his sick decisions that benefitted no one but himself.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 2:18 am
He was vicious and evil, tortured and starved to death many people. North Korea is designed much like a prison. I feel so sorry for those people. Hope North Korea finally can modernize their own country like South Korea did.

Vera T (2)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 6:17 am
Thank goodness another tyrant bites the dust now for many others who rule their countries with iron fists I could name a few - Let's hope that his son doesn't follow suit. The poeple have been controlled and brainwashed and the whole country has been secretive and only now a few facts about it are emerging.

Christopher Fowler (82)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 8:14 am
Heard about that. One more tyrant dead.

I understand that his successor will be his son, George W Il.

Valerie Hammett (21)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 8:54 am
nobody cares for scumbag tyrants like these let them die they are guilty for bloodshed of millions of innocent lives.

Muriel Servaege (53)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 3:37 pm
Thank you for sharing. Will the son be a tyrant, too, or not? ...

Sonny Honrado (5)
Friday January 6, 2012, 7:15 am

Evija Dzenite (0)
Tuesday January 10, 2012, 1:21 pm
Leader dead,but son is rulling,he will not do any changes

berny p (23)
Thursday March 8, 2012, 6:04 am

may I add it couldn't have happened to a worse person. :-))

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Frank I. (0)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 8:21 pm

Frank I. (0)
Tuesday April 10, 2012, 8:24 pm
I say dig him up and kill him again just to make sure.

Sandi C (98)
Monday April 16, 2012, 6:32 am
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