Surprise! New Dear Leader conducts missile test

posted at 9:25 am on December 19, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

You know what a good funeral needs?  Fireworks:

North Korea test fired a short-range missile off the country’s eastern coast Monday, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported, the same day leader Kim Jong Il’s death was announced.

The missile launch was not believed to be linked to the North Korean dictator’s death, Yonhap said, citing an unnamed South Korean official.

“This is something that the military has continued to follow … we believe it is not related to the death of Chairman Kim Jong Il,” the official was quoted as saying.

Kim, thought to be 69, died of a heart attack at 8:30 a.m. local time Saturday, a weeping TV announcer dressed all in black told the nation earlier.

In the headline, I wrote, “Surprise!”, but this might be right on time.  Time’s Bill Powell noted earlier this morning the need for new DPRK leader Kim Jong-un to consolidate power and prevent the military from seeing a power vacuum at the top.  What better way to do so than to conduct a little sabre-rattling?

Last year, he was also given general’s stars in the military and named vice chairman of the powerful central military committee. Kim Jong Un’s father had worked steadily to align his own interests with that of the military — one of the reasons, NGO officials have said, that so much food aid over the years intended for the general population has been diverted to the army. The Dear Leader’s steadfast pursuit of a nuclear arsenal — and his unwillingness to trade the North’s nuclear capability for economic favors from the outside world — were also in alignment with the military’s wishes. “One has to presume the son would never have been put in this position [of] heir apparent had the generals not approved,” says one diplomatic source in Seoul. …

Kim Jong Il’s death comes just days after a bilateral meeting in Beijing between U.S. and DPRK officials, at which special envoy for human rights Robert King held talks with a senior DPRK foreign ministry official. Unconfirmed press reports in Seoul say that at the meeting Pyongyang agreed to allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency back in to the country, to impose a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests, and to suspend its uranium enrichment program — in return for 240,000 tons of food aid. However, analysts believe that this diplomatic momentum may be slowed by Kim’s death. As Kim Jong Un consolidates his political power, “North Korea will become even more inward looking, at least for a while,” says Bruce Klingner, senior fellow at the Heritage Institute and a former North Korea watcher at the CIA.

The good news, for an outside world that lives in fear of erratic behavior from the North, is that the younger Kim has had three years to prepare for the assumption of dictatorial power. “There s less of a concern about instability now than had Kim Jong Il died three years ago,” Klingner says. At the same time, the DPRK has only gone through a transition like this once before, and that was when Kim Jong Il was 52-years-old. The country is now once again having problems feeding itself, its economy is moribund, and problems are falling to a 29-year-old to fix. It’s a safe bet that if North Korea’s propaganda artists haven’t already prepared new iconography depicting the youngest Kim alongside his father and grandfather at Baekdu-san, they’re certainly busy at it now.

The missile test is more or less an announcement that the envoys to the Pyongyang talks should find themselves something else to do for a few weeks.  In terms of the transition, though, perhaps this CNN segment I found this morning will show just how seriously Jong-un’s dad took the issue … and how unseriously some of the media take North Korea’s famine and tyranny.  This report is embarrassing for its breathless coverage of the “pageantry” of Kim’s showcraft for the national media, but at least Alina Cho mentions the chronic famine that exists outside of these stage shows.  The Danish actor featured near the end is apparently auditioning for the role of Walter Duranty, either in a play or in real life, as he grabs young Korean girls and pronounces how wonderful he finds the DPRK to be:

“I can’t see it!” he declares.  “Maybe it is there, but all I can see is … lucky people.“  Dear Lord.


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Quick! Someone pop the champagne corks!!

SouthernGent on December 19, 2011 at 9:28 AM

He then went on to endorse Ron Paul.

RedRedRice on December 19, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Like father like son I fear.

Drained Brain on December 19, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Meet the new Kim… just like the old Kim…

Hayabusa on December 19, 2011 at 9:30 AM

The kid looks exactly like his fat young grandfather.

aquaviva on December 19, 2011 at 9:32 AM

Is this the third or fourth generation of the North Korean “Communist” dynasty?

Browncoatone on December 19, 2011 at 9:33 AM

He’s 29. That means another fanatic to deal with for 50-60 years. Of course, he’ll have to prove he’s a made man.

Pity the average North Korean. It’s all they have.

BobMbx on December 19, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Same car different driver.He will probably be worse than his old man.Time for Idiot-In-Chief to extend his hand in friendship.

jeffinsjvca on December 19, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Unconfirmed press reports in Seoul say that at the meeting Pyongyang agreed to allow inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency back in to the country, to impose a moratorium on nuclear and missile tests, and to suspend its uranium enrichment program — in return for 240,000 tons of food aid.

Um…we’re going to tell the NorKs to f**k off, right? We’re not actually going to play this game again just to feed the North Korean people, who only give credit to the head dips**t in charge, right?

MadisonConservative on December 19, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

VinceOfDoom on December 19, 2011 at 9:36 AM

“I can’t see it.” Useful idiots never can.

Fallon on December 19, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Does anyone really think Kim Jong Un is running a single thing?

steebo77 on December 19, 2011 at 9:36 AM

By the way, if you’ve never watch Vice’s inside report on North Korea, you must give it a try. It’s mind-blowing.

http://www.vice.com/the-vice-guide-to-travel/vice-guide-to-north-korea-1-of-3

MadisonConservative on December 19, 2011 at 9:37 AM

So let me get this straight…this guy actually has nuclear weapons so why aren’t the neocons drooling over invading that crap hole nation? Oh yeah…oil.

MoreLiberty on December 19, 2011 at 9:37 AM

How do you spell I.D.I.O.T?CHO

docflash on December 19, 2011 at 9:39 AM

Remember, folks, this is the ‘westernized’, jet-setting son of the late Mr. Kim.

I don’t call this place The Magical Kingdom of Mr. Kim without a reason, you know. His late grand-father is STILL the president of the place. The first Nation ruled by a dead man.

ajacksonian on December 19, 2011 at 9:40 AM

ABSOLUTELY MANDATORY DANCE PARTY IN NORTH KOREA – THE BEST KOREA!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJNBfBr-OGU&feature=youtu.be

Good Lt on December 19, 2011 at 9:40 AM

lucky people
Yes, each performer is lucky. Lucky to have been selected to train and actually be fed.

axshon on December 19, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Has 0bama bowed to him yet?

Torch on December 19, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Is this the third or fourth generation of the North Korean “Communist” dynasty?

Third. The dynasty has thus far been: Gim Il-Seong, Gim Jeong-il, and now Gim Jeong-eun.

It is unlikely that Jeong-eun holds any actual power. My theory is that he is a puppet “emperor”, and real power is firmly in the hands of the military. The next few months will tell how they will rule.

Shogun144 on December 19, 2011 at 9:44 AM

@MoreLiberty:

Get your stalking points from Mika & Ed Schultz? Or are they provided by Code Pink?

tootired on December 19, 2011 at 9:46 AM

Is this the third or fourth generation of the North Korean “Communist” dynasty?

Browncoatone on December 19, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Third. The first Krazy Kim, Kim Il-Sung, ruled with an iron fist from the formation of North Korea post-WWII to his death in 1994. Krazy Kim Jr, Kim Jong-Il, ruled from then until now. Assuming the military doesn’t realize it has an opening, Krazy Kim III’s reign of terror starts now.

Steve Eggleston on December 19, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Has 0bama bowed to him yet?

Torch on December 19, 2011 at 9:43 AM

… wait for it …

Axe on December 19, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Does anyone really think Kim Jong Un is running a single thing?

steebo77 on December 19, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Yeah, I’m thinking he’s simply a useful figure head. If there’s an actual bloody jockeying for power, lots of generals are going to lose their lives as well as put their families in a worse situation. Better to let the dog and pony show go on, with real power divvied up amongst several than to stage a coup that might end badly.

And neither China nor South Korea wants instability in the North.

rbj on December 19, 2011 at 9:47 AM

So let me get this straight…this guy actually has nuclear weapons so why aren’t the neocons drooling over invading that crap hole nation? Oh yeah…oil.

MoreLiberty on December 19, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Did you miss when Bush included NoKo in the Axis of Evil ten years ago, or are you just incredibly stupid?

MadisonConservative on December 19, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Sonny Boy will do what the military tells him, or wind up with a bullet in the back of the head.

GarandFan on December 19, 2011 at 9:48 AM

MadisonConservative on December 19, 2011 at 9:35 AM
You do realize who’s in charge of foreign policy right now, right?

Steve Eggleston on December 19, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Day ain’t over yet torch

cmsinaz on December 19, 2011 at 9:49 AM

You do realize who’s in charge of foreign policy right now, right?

Steve Eggleston on December 19, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Yes, George Soros. Still not sure about the answer to my question.

MadisonConservative on December 19, 2011 at 9:50 AM

So let me get this straight…this guy actually has nuclear weapons so why aren’t the neocons drooling over invading that crap hole nation? Oh yeah…oil.

MoreLiberty on December 19, 2011 at 9:37 AM

That’s why the US invaded Afghanistan. Oil.

Oh, wait.

Good Lt on December 19, 2011 at 9:51 AM

The Young-un plays with the army toys his il-Dad left for him.

whatcat on December 19, 2011 at 9:52 AM

Boy that overseas education shows you can take the nutty boy out of nK but you can’t take the nutty nK out of the boy.

mrmiji on December 19, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Nice that they created a parade float to laud their new leader.

Wait, the parade float is their new leader.

NoDonkey on December 19, 2011 at 9:53 AM

The kid looks exactly like his fat young grandfather.

aquaviva on December 19, 2011 at 9:32 AM

There was some talk a little while ago about the possibility that he got plastic surgery in order to look more like his grandad. It’s among THIS LIST of “10 things you may not know about…”

JetBoy on December 19, 2011 at 9:53 AM

Gee – how fortuitous. I guess it’s a good thing we just pulled everyone out of Iraq \

We may need more troops to keep a closer eye on things over there – it may turn out to be the biggest humanitarian effort in human history – and China’s gonna have to pitch in.

There’s about 50 years of deprogramming to work on with these poor people.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on December 19, 2011 at 9:54 AM

Has 0bama bowed to him yet?

Torch on December 19, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Actually he has to bow to his dead grand-father who is the ruler of the place… then he can make obeisance to the current guy having to do his job, the grandkid in chief of the Magical Kingdom.

ajacksonian on December 19, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Yes, George Soros. Still not sure about the answer to my question.

MadisonConservative on December 19, 2011 at 9:50 AM

Of COURSE Krazy Kim III will get the foodstuffs (do note I did not say “North Korea”). In return, the testing will go underground for a year or two (again, note I did not say “end”).

Steve Eggleston on December 19, 2011 at 9:56 AM

So let me get this straight…this guy actually has nuclear weapons so why aren’t the neocons drooling over invading that crap hole nation? Oh yeah…oil.

MoreLiberty on December 19, 2011 at 9:37 AM

What Madcon said and: You would be going ballistic if there were attempts to attack a nuclear power and at this point I am not sure yet if they play a big part in our national security. There is one thing I am sure of and that is you have given up driving and anything else that uses oil, plastics even because you are committed to your cause./
Heh yeh right .

CW on December 19, 2011 at 9:57 AM

“I can’t see it!” he declares. “Maybe it is there, but all I can see is … lucky people.“ Dear Lord.

We have not yet plumbed the depths of delusion……

ted c on December 19, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Want to see where the West will be in 50 more years of our current insanity? Look no further than NoKo.

ajacksonian on December 19, 2011 at 9:58 AM

He looks like those 240,000 tons of food are for his next dinner……

itsspideyman on December 19, 2011 at 9:59 AM

Consolidation.

Indoctrination.

Lawrence on December 19, 2011 at 9:59 AM

A commenter at Ace’s last night cited some dick from CNN talking about who was going to win the Nork election.

andycanuck on December 19, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Unlike the rest of his people….Junior doesn’t look like he’s missed to many meals!

KOOLAID2 on December 19, 2011 at 10:03 AM

Of COURSE Krazy Kim III will get the foodstuffs (do note I did not say “North Korea”). In return, the testing will go underground for a year or two (again, note I did not say “end”).

Steve Eggleston on December 19, 2011 at 9:56 AM

So we have officially implemented insanity as our response to NoKo’s bulls**t. Awesome.

MadisonConservative on December 19, 2011 at 10:04 AM

Kim Jong Il 2.0. oh yippee.

jbh45 on December 19, 2011 at 10:04 AM

By the way, if you’ve never watch Vice’s inside report on North Korea, you must give it a try. It’s mind-blowing.
http://www.vice.com/the-vice-guide-to-travel/vice-guide-to-north-korea-1-of-3
MadisonConservative on December 19, 2011 at 9:37 AM

This one is pretty good, too:
Welcome to North Korea
(YouTube)

whatcat on December 19, 2011 at 10:06 AM

It is sad to see that most North Koreans are short and malnourished and that their leaders are simply just short.

rations.

ted c on December 19, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Looks like junior had been eating all the foreign aid.

Mark Ybel on December 19, 2011 at 10:07 AM

The missile launch was not believed to be linked to the North Korean dictator’s death, Yonhap said, citing an unnamed South Korean official.

Yeah, and a bear doesn’t defecate in the woods. Sorry, I’m just not buying the ‘it was coinkydink’ story, even if it is coming from SoKo.

Of course, maybe they’re playing it smart by letting NoKo think that’s what they believe.

btw, did ya’ll see this video yet? I found their reactions amazing and disturbing. I suppose that comes from never having experienced the cradle to grave brainwashing of a communist regime.

Flora Duh on December 19, 2011 at 10:08 AM

MoreLiberty on December 19, 2011 at 9:37 AM

China. And you can only do something before the country has nuclear weapons and delivery systems.

Stop the condescension already.

antisocial on December 19, 2011 at 10:09 AM

So let me get this straight…this guy actually has nuclear weapons so why aren’t the neocons drooling over invading that crap hole nation? Oh yeah…oil.

MoreLiberty on December 19, 2011 at 9:37 AM
Did you miss when Bush included NoKo in the Axis of Evil ten years ago, or are you just incredibly stupid?

MadisonConservative on December 19, 2011 at 9:47 AM

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It’s okay Mad………More is probably a progressive…he can’t remember that far back.

KOOLAID2 on December 19, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Does anyone really think Kim Jong Un is running a single thing?
– steebo77

Besides running his prostitutes around his bedroom, that’s about it. The generals & police forces are hardly looking up to him as their great leader. But I wouldn’t be surprised if the benighted subjects are worried about him overworking himself.

Chessplayer on December 19, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Replacing one fat little dweeb with another. Next we’ll hear he studied to be an ophthalmologist and isn’t that bad a guy.

ironked on December 19, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Heh yeh right .

CW on December 19, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Can you smell Ronulan craziness?

antisocial on December 19, 2011 at 10:13 AM

MoreLiberty on December 19, 2011 at 9:37 AM

Ah…….Monday’s 1st candidate for a PLEXIOTOMY

Hey Yall pass the hat!

Katfish on December 19, 2011 at 10:14 AM

He’s a porker. The average height of a No Ko citizen has been decreasing, but the average weight of Dear Leaders is suffering no such loss.

Paul-Cincy on December 19, 2011 at 10:18 AM

By the way, if you’ve never watch Vice’s inside report on North Korea, you must give it a try. It’s mind-blowing.

http://www.vice.com/the-vice-guide-to-travel/vice-guide-to-north-korea-1-of-3

MadisonConservative on December 19, 2011 at 9:37 AM

If you haven’t already, check out Vice’s report on the slave trade between North Korea and Siberia.

matthew26 on December 19, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Even if the norks did not have nuclear weapons, the amount of convential artillery they have trained on the south’s major cities would be distastrous even in a short conflict. Perhaps South Korea should work on creating an energy shield capable of deflecting any bombardment.

Imrahil on December 19, 2011 at 10:21 AM

ajacksonian on December 19, 2011 at 9:58 AM

I doubt that Americans will be – your too damn ornery! :)

OldEnglish on December 19, 2011 at 10:21 AM

OldEnglish on December 19, 2011 at 10:21 AM

And you are too stupid to know the difference between your and you’re!

OldEnglish on December 19, 2011 at 10:23 AM

It is almost as if this new thug is reluctant to follow Gaddafi’s example and disarm when there is the option of openly despising the Americans per the Iranian and Pakistani examples.

kunegetikos on December 19, 2011 at 10:23 AM

Whoa! Eric Cartmann is the new leader of North Korea??

NotCoach on December 19, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Has Ron Paul talked about we should start trading with NK yet, or how NK is the way they are because everyone is so mean to them?

Sammo21 on December 19, 2011 at 10:30 AM

I doubt that Americans will be – your too damn ornery! :)

OldEnglish on December 19, 2011 at 10:21 AM

Never trust a man who can’t find at least two ways to spell any word. Including Aye.

We picked up the NRA from the good people of Great Britain and ran with it. Conan Doyle knew what he was doing and for that we are forever thankful. We know the last resort to tyranny and mean to keep it active. We will find some totally inventive way to do something new and stupid! That’s America!

ajacksonian on December 19, 2011 at 10:31 AM

I’m guessing Monster Daddy actually acquired room temperature earlier than reported. And yes, Monster Son is nothing but a puppet.

Ygritte on December 19, 2011 at 10:35 AM

ajacksonian on December 19, 2011 at 10:31 AM

Lol, thanks for the let-off. :)

OldEnglish on December 19, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Korean Spring would seem to be doubtful
Same, unfortunately, for being able to see our OWSers Occupy Korea

But really, it seems that someone with food please rush in and take over the place.

tomg51 on December 19, 2011 at 10:39 AM

To become a ‘Kim’ do you have to have a frying pan smashed into your face until it looks like a pancake?

CorporatePiggy on December 19, 2011 at 10:40 AM

Man, this new Il looks like a real prize.

mapper on December 19, 2011 at 10:40 AM

please = could

of course it does.

tomg51 on December 19, 2011 at 10:41 AM

please = could

of course it does.

tomg51 on December 19, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Lol! And up is down. :)

OldEnglish on December 19, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Why are those North Koreans singing and dancing? Because they had something to eat, unlike the rest of the country outside the square.

Krazy Kim III: Sing for your supper, and you’ll be fed–with food from the South.

Steve Z on December 19, 2011 at 10:51 AM

Oh, boy. Yet another megalomaniac Kim takes the helm, and starts lobbing missiles. Calling Madeline Albright! Maddy, didn’t you tell us that the Norks were going to trade their Nuclear Program for Food, or some crap like that? That with a little Progressive Diplomacy, they’d turn into Peace-loving Progressives like the Post-Shah Ayatollahs?

Scriptor on December 19, 2011 at 10:53 AM

Whoa! Eric Cartmann is the new leader of North Korea??

NotCoach on December 19, 2011 at 10:28 AM

LMAO. They better respect his authoritahhhhhh

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on December 19, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Let’s just hope he can speak better than dear ole dad.

OkieDoc on December 19, 2011 at 10:55 AM

By the way, if you’ve never watch Vice’s inside report on North Korea, you must give it a try. It’s mind-blowing.

http://www.vice.com/the-vice-guide-to-travel/vice-guide-to-north-korea-1-of-3

MadisonConservative on December 19, 2011 at 9:37 AM

I’ll second that…It’s a really good series.

JetBoy on December 19, 2011 at 11:08 AM

So let me get this straight…this guy actually has nuclear weapons so why aren’t the neocons drooling over invading that crap hole nation? Oh yeah…oil.

MoreLiberty on December 19, 2011 at 9:37 AM
Did you miss when Bush included NoKo in the Axis of Evil ten years ago, or are you just incredibly stupid?

MadisonConservative on December 19, 2011 at 9:47 AM

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It’s okay Mad………More is probably a progressive…he can’t remember that far back.

KOOLAID2 on December 19, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Nah. It’s a paulbot. A true conservative – who believes that ‘Fortress America’ is protected by the oceans.

Solaratov on December 19, 2011 at 11:15 AM

They say Kim Il Jeb is the smart one.

BL@KBIRD on December 19, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Don’t those people smile? My gosh he has the same gloomy look his dad had.

bobsacramento on December 19, 2011 at 11:25 AM

They say Kim Il Jeb is the smart one.

BL@KBIRD on December 19, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Seriously funny!

massrighty on December 19, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Time for Idiot-In-Chief to extend his hand in friendship.

jeffinsjvca on December 19, 2011 at 9:34 AM

I expect some deep bows, prostrations, and groveling.

csdeven on December 19, 2011 at 11:34 AM

I totally trust Hillary to deal effectively with the new regime.

Christien on December 19, 2011 at 11:40 AM

The people have TVs? I have been led to believe they were all starving to death. Having a TV must be a perk for the poor the world over.

Kissmygrits on December 19, 2011 at 11:42 AM

I give it two weeks, tops, before auntie cacs his fat ass.

mojo on December 19, 2011 at 11:45 AM

How do you spell I.D.I.O.T?

Poster MoreLiberty is how I spell it.

Hard Right on December 19, 2011 at 11:52 AM

So let me get this straight…this guy actually has nuclear weapons so why aren’t the neocons drooling over invading that crap hole nation? Oh yeah…they can actually fight back.

MoreLiberty on December 19, 2011 at 9:37 AM

FTFY you slobbering simpleton.

That’s why Iran wants nukes; they’re the only possible deterrent to another ‘liberation’ a la Iraq. We’d steamroller their conventional military in a matter of weeks, if it took THAT long.

Chemical weapons wouldn’t stop a US-led invasion…just royally piss it off. Possibly to the point of using some ourselves. Bio-war could easily bite them and their neighbors 100x worse than the “Great Satan”, because their healthcare system is primitive.

MelonCollie on December 19, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Little dear piggy doesn’t seem to have missed many meals. And why are we afraid of these idiots? A couple of nukes will take care of the whole country.

rjulio on December 19, 2011 at 12:12 PM

As much as we would like to do something about NK, what morelib and others don’t seem to understand is 1) China has been backing them up since the Korean War – which means anything we do would likely start a war with China, and 2) NK has enough conventional warhead scuds and other short range missiles to flatten every major city in South Korea over night – not an outcome we want to risk unnecessarily. That’s why it has been a standoff since 1953.

dentarthurdent on December 19, 2011 at 12:18 PM

Kim jong un looks exactly like the actor from MadTV who used to do the parodies of Kim jong il. Have we managed to slip a mole into NK?….. ;)

dentarthurdent on December 19, 2011 at 12:21 PM

New Dear Leader

No, he’s not to be called “New Dear Leader”…

He is to be called “Brilliant Comrade”.

I’m not kidding. That’s the name his father wanted him to be known by.

ITguy on December 19, 2011 at 12:26 PM

The son looks utterly stupid.

Those wailing women need to be ‘executed’ in the name of decency and shame.

Schadenfreude on December 19, 2011 at 12:27 PM

My apologies to Bobby Lee of MADTV for pointing out how much he looks like Kim Jong un. Apparently Bobby has a lifetime career opportunity for NK parodies.

dentarthurdent on December 19, 2011 at 12:28 PM

No wonder why N. Koreans are starving to death. Just look at this fatass!

Decoski on December 19, 2011 at 12:32 PM

The people have TVs? I have been led to believe they were all starving to death. Having a TV must be a perk for the poor the world over.

Kissmygrits on December 19, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Their TVs only get the one channel: The All Kim Jong Il, all the time channel.

JayVee on December 19, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Quick! Someone pop the champagne corks!!

SouthernGent on December 19, 2011 at 9:28 AM

Sorry no happy endings in sight for the nation of Jonestown.

If things stay the same, at some point down the road the leadership endes up with their heads on sticks and you have 20 plus million 3/4 starved, penniless people in a totally wreaked nation. And, this is the best possible outcome.

The North envading the South is not really an option. Within hours, all but the most elite troops would turn into the kids from ‘Lord of the Flies’ invading a giant Toys R Us with a McDonalds in the middle.

Wallythedog on December 19, 2011 at 12:40 PM

The North envading the South is not really an option. Within hours, all but the most elite troops would turn into the kids from ‘Lord of the Flies’ invading a giant Toys R Us with a McDonalds in the middle.

Wallythedog on December 19, 2011 at 12:40 PM

IF there’s anything left of the South. If NK decided to invade the South (again), it would likely be preceded by a missile and artillery barrage that would destroy most of the cities. On the plus side, South Korea has been helping out the North for some time now – sort of like bribing the bully, so NK couldn’t survive and wouldn’t get the plunder they would want if they destroyed the South.

dentarthurdent on December 19, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Does anyone really think Kim Jong Un is running a single thing?

steebo77 on December 19, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Obligatory (and mildly NSFW) “Army of Darkness” clip describing what Kim Jong Un is leading.

Steve Eggleston on December 19, 2011 at 12:52 PM

You also have to remember we have a lot of troops in South Korea, so the NK wouldn’t be able to just run all over the south unimpeded.

dentarthurdent on December 19, 2011 at 12:52 PM

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