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Let us hope for a smooth transition.

Let's not. Let's hope that the people are fed up and do away with the family and the military monsters.

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The bouffant was fabulous, no question about it - but rallying around it? I mean, what, will they build some necropolis around it like they did with the entire Mao in Tiananmen? Sure, it'll keep growing for a few days after he's gone to the great Kim in the sky, but after that, what do they have to look forward to? The annual "Ceremony of Shampoo"?

wait - "heir"?! Sorry, thought that was something else. Disregard the above.
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North Koreans rally around Kim Jong Il's heir

Shouldn't the last word in the headline be "hair"?

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Is there no one in the North Korean military opposed to letting this Kim Jong-Un kid take power?

I'm thinking the two older brothers are pretty pissed - as is his sister's husband. All is not well.

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Marx's pernicious, evil legacy continues...

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I believe the odds are better than 75% that this new guy is going to suffer the same fate as the South Korean president did in October of 1979.

Unlike with the father and grandfather, it's going to be very tough to spin myths of celestial occurrences around this kid. I think a critical mass already recognizes that the whole thing is an evil farce. It is now only a matter of time.

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I guess if I was BRAINWASHED and educated to believe that Kim san and all of his family were gods or their manifestation of some god on Korea and for the rest of the world, I would also be there crying and getting ready to RALLY around the newest dearest leader too! RIP old dude with the funny hair style

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or, dare i say it, reunification.

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Is Japan Today being a little negligent in forgetting to report that Kim Jong Un's mom lived in Osaka, Japan, until middle school? To respond to Elbuda's statement that "all of his family were [treated as] gods", sure they ate well, but look at the way the two older sons, and many of the Kim women ended up. Only an elite few make it to the top politcally, and don't forget everyone in the military with real power are not members of the family at all.

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Is there no one in the North Korean military opposed to letting this Kim Jong-Un kid take power?

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rallying... perhaps at gunpoint...

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They should hold elections. Why go by blood, north Korea is not the Kim's playground.

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Glad I'm not in Seoul right now; things are going to be tense for a while.

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unreconstructedDec. 19, 2011 - 07:41PM JST Marx's pernicious, evil legacy continues...

What's Marx have to do with any of this? He's been dead for 100 years and was opposed not just to capitalism but tyrants as well. "Communist" leaders since Lenin have had Marx spinning in his grave.

The best we can hope for is a quick collapse as the infighting begins.

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Tears are mandatory, so said the dear Leader.....................

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"...while people in the streets of Pyongyang broke into tears as they learned the news that Kim had died at the age 69 of heart failure."

This is one of the problems in regards to the situation. Whether or not 'everyone' in NK is upset about their leader dying, it will be them that make the headlines, and it will be them that show the support for Kim Jong-Il's son. The people who would speak out still lack the power to do so freely, and as such it makes it hard to believe there will be reconciliation and reunification with the South any time soon, if at all. I truly hope the new leader starts off on a good note, but I can see it going the opposite way if the generals are pulling the strings.

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And this, my dear fellow posters is exactly the way every other monarchy in the world came into power. Someone got everyone else to think they were special. It would be nice if this one said, "Screw this old school commie cr@p" and start striking up a new path especially one that leads to unification with the south (and not through military means). Thanks China and the old USSR for screwing up another country for us people in the future.

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@honestdictator: Please dont blame China and former USSR screwing up another country...please! Show some respects to those fallen heros who fought with heroic courages above the 38th parallel! America screws with China's civil war from the begining there has a price to pay! You gamble, you lose, you have to pay and pass that debt to future generation!

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@Just-a-guy lol whut? The funny thing about the TRUTH is that it can never be denied. Its partly China's fault that they influenced NK to seperate from SK to implement the bad kind of communism that the USSR promoted. So uh, hate to break it to you, but when a country does something that helps direct another country to failure and suffering there is no point in glossing it over to ignore the "bad" parts. Remember those that forget history are doomed to repeat it? As an american I know what stupid stuff my country does and I acknowledge it instead of trying to white wash and put on rose colored glasses. As I said, Truth, Facts, and Reality can't be painted over, although the Chinese goverment thinks they can control their peoples minds forever, which is quite practically impossible.

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Let us hope for a smooth transition.

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Serrano: "Is there no one in the North Korean military opposed to letting this Kim Jong-Un kid take power?"

There most undoubtedly is, but what can they do? I have no doubt he'll be a puppet, but he'll still be in control on the surface, anyway. This wasn't a sudden decision, either -- it's been in the works for years, and known that the youngest would take power, not the oldest who is a dolt, and the middle son who is too effeminate.

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