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Old 12-18-2011, 10:19 PM   #1
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Default Breaking News! Kim Jong-il Is Dead!

It's being reported all over now that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has died. Shouldn't be hard to find news articles about it, and it's all over news networks right now.

Also, my apologies if this is the wrong forum for this, the mods are free to move it to the Community forum if it's more suited for it. I figured it was fine in here given his history.

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Old 12-18-2011, 10:22 PM   #2
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Default YAY Kim Jong Il is dead!

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Kim Jong Il, the second-generation North Korean dictator who defied global condemnation to build nuclear weapons while his people starved, has died, Yonhap News reported.
He is believed to have been 70 years old, although North Korean official records said he was 69 years old.
The news came in a radio broadcast at noon local time, Yonhap reported, citing North Korea's official media.


The veteran leader died on December 17 at 8.30am, a weeping announcer said, Agence France-Presse reported.
The state television announcer said Kim died of fatigue while on a train, the BBC reported.
Kim probably had a stroke in August 2008 and may have also contracted pancreatic cancer, according to South Korean news reports.
'Chain-smoking recluse'
The son of Kim Il Sung, North Korea's founder, Kim was a chain-smoking recluse who ruled for 17 years after coming to power in July 1994 and resisted opening up to the outside world in order to protect his regime.
Kim was born, according to his official biographers, in a mountain cabin in North Korea in February 1942, an occasion marked by a double rainbow and a bright star.
But other records said he was actually born in Siberia in 1941, the BBC reported. His father had been exiled to Siberia.
He is believed to be a fan of Hollywood movies and reportedly had a library of 20,000 films, the BBC said.
Kim was the head of North Korea's special forces in the 1970s and ‘80s and was allegedly involved in the bombing of a Korean Airlines plane in 1986 in which 115 people died.
Who will be the new leader?
The potential succession of his little-known third son, Kim Jong Un, threatens to trigger a dangerous period for the Korean peninsula, where 1.7 million troops from the two Koreas and the US square off every day.
''Kim Jong Il inherited a genius for playing the weak hand and by keeping the major powers nervous, continuing his father's tradition of turning Korea's history of subservience on its head,'' said Michael Breen, the Seoul-based author of ''Kim Jong Il: North Korea's Dear Leader,'' a biography.
''We have entered an uncertain moment with North Korea.''
Lampooned by foreign cartoonists and filmmakers for his weight, his zippered jumpsuits, his aviator sunglasses and his bouffant hairdo, Kim cut a more serious figure in his rare dealings with world leaders outside the Communist bloc.
''If there's no confrontation, there's no significance to weapons,'' he told Madeleine Albright, then US secretary of state, in a 2000 meeting in Pyongyang.
Those words took on greater significance in 2009 as Kim defied threats of United Nations sanctions to test a second nuclear device and a ballistic missile, technically capable of striking Alaska.
The following year North Korea lashed out militarily, prompting stern warnings from the US and South Korea.
An international investigation blamed Kim's regime for the March 2010 sinking of the South Korean naval vessel Cheonan that killed 46 sailors.
Eight months later North Korea shelled a South Korean island, killing two soldiers, two civilians and setting homes ablaze.
The act followed reports by an American scientist that the country had made ''stunning'' advances to its uranium- enrichment program.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/world/kim-jong...#ixzz1gwn9SQkx

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Old 12-18-2011, 10:24 PM   #3
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Ding, Dong, the wicked dictator is dead.

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Old 12-18-2011, 10:30 PM   #4
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Default Re: YAY Kim Jong Il is dead!

Technically the office is held by his dead father anyways. I wonder how things will go with the transfer of power to his son. There was some speculation that the sinking of that ship back in '10 was his connected to his son's desire to show off a bit. Things might get quite precarious quite soon.

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Old 12-18-2011, 10:31 PM   #5
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Does this mean "Dear Leader" won't be inspecting things anymore?

Wow.... Osama, Gaddafi and Kim Jong all died this year. Amazing.

I live and work in Seoul though, so I'm a bit worried about what happens next.

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Old 12-18-2011, 10:32 PM   #6
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There's always somebody more crazy that's willing to taker their place....

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Old 12-18-2011, 10:38 PM   #7
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This is going to be called the year of falling tyrants, Bush's imperialist forces left Iraq, Castro, Mubarak, Bin Laden, Gaddafi, Il, whose next?


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Old 12-18-2011, 10:41 PM   #8
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Good news.

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Old 12-18-2011, 10:43 PM   #9
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Mubarak was deposed but he's still alive is he not? But I understand your meaning.

Castro stepped down as the head of the communist part in Cuba earlier this year as well.

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Old 12-18-2011, 10:44 PM   #10
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Hard to say what will happen now. Most likely a power struggle between various factions, with nuclear weapons in the mix. This could get very ugly.

I'm surprised they didn't report that he died saving orphans from a burning orphanage. North Korea's propaganda machine must be having an off day.

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Old 12-18-2011, 10:45 PM   #11
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Great news! Too bad Obama didn't take him out though.

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Old 12-18-2011, 10:50 PM   #12
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This has been a good year for "deaths of terrorist/crazy or dangerous international officials".

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Old 12-18-2011, 10:51 PM   #13
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This has been one hell of a year.

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Old 12-18-2011, 10:54 PM   #14
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Does this mean reunification will be more likely?

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Old 12-18-2011, 10:54 PM   #15
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We're running out of Bond villains.

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Old 12-18-2011, 10:59 PM   #16
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Well reports the past couple of years were that he was really sick so this isn't surprising.

Lets hope this will be a step forward into bringing some sanity and livelihood for the citizens of NK who are being held hostage by a radically insane military government.

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Old 12-18-2011, 11:00 PM   #17
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Does this mean reunification will be more likely?
Depends on how the succession process goes.

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Old 12-18-2011, 11:04 PM   #18
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After 60 years of insane indoctrination, I can't see it being a smooth process.

For those who aren't aware, North Korea is the most ****ed up society on this planet. And that's not hyperbole. The entire state is built around a cult of personality. Kim and his father are literally worshipped as gods. The people of North Korea are probably the most abused people in human history. Most of the population is starving, uneducated, and brainwashed.

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I don't have a good feeling about this.

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2011 has been a bad year for megalomaniacs.

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Old 12-18-2011, 11:08 PM   #21
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I'm thinking there will be a new dictator installed, a young man that can be controlled by the generals. That's why the military liked Kim's son's so much, they were easily controlled.

My question is: What happens when the generals, the real power behind the throne, kick the bucket? They are not young men either.

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Neither do I. From what I've read his son is a bit trigger happy. That does not bode well.

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I'm thinking there will be a new dictator installed, a young man that can be controlled by the generals. That's why the military liked Kim's son's so much, they were easily controlled.

My question is: What happens when the generals, the real power behind the throne, kick the bucket? They are not young men either.
A power struggle seems fairly inevitable. At which point, presumably the rest of the world will intervene.

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A power struggle seems fairly inevitable. At which point, presumably the rest of the world will intervene.
Thats what people said when Kim Il Sung died too.

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I'm thinking there will be a new dictator installed, a young man that can be controlled by the generals. That's why the military liked Kim's son's so much, they were easily controlled.

My question is: What happens when the generals, the real power behind the throne, kick the bucket? They are not young men either.
They've groomed younger generals with the exact same ideals for once they hit the bucket and it'll be that same cycle until another country/countries decide to intervene.

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