If ever there was a man who ruled his country the way he believed in his heart of hearts it should be ruled...this was the man. He followed in his fathers footsteps and let it be known. As a man who has travelled the world, I believe that
should stay out of the business of other countries…didn’t we separate from another nation because we fealt that they were too involved….anyway you get my point. I hope the day never comes when all other nations unite and band against the USA for interfering in their business….Why don’t we just allow other nations to be themselves…if they want Democracy, they can fight for it, or separate like we did. I digress, on with the sad news of the death of a leader, a true leader! America
Kim Jong Il, the second-generation North Korean leader who defied American condemnation to build nuclear weapons, has died, state media reported. A government statement called on North Koreans to “loyally follow” his son, Kim Jong Un.
Kim, 70, died on Dec. 17 of a heart attack brought on by mental and physical strain while on a domestic train trip, the official Korean Central News Agency said. Kim probably had a stroke in August 2008 and may have also contracted pancreatic cancer, according to South Korean news reports.
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. His little-known third son, Jong Un, is likely to succeed .
“Kim Jong Un’s taking complete control of the helm will not take place for a while due to his youth and inexperienced leadership,” said Yang Moo Jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul. “The North will likely be under the control of a governing body for about a year.”
A state television announcer wept as she read the news of Kim’s death. Footage was aired of thousands of people in the main square of the capital of Pyongyang chanting in unison and waving Kimjongilia, a flower named after the deceased leader.
Jong Un, is at the “forefront of the revolution,” KCNA said in its statement of the elder Kim’s death. While official reports give Kim’s age as 69, Russian records indicate he was born in Siberia in February 1941.