Kim Jong-il Dead


North Korea has been urged to follow “the path of peace” as national TV showed pictures of the body of Kim Jong-il lying in state.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for a stable transition to the new leadership following the dictator’s death

However, with many experts predicting an internal power struggle, North Korea could pose an even bigger menace to its neighbours and the world.

In the country he ruled for 17 years they called him “Our Father”, “the Dear Leader” and the “Great Successor To The Revolutionary Cause”.


It may seem perverse, even obscene, that there are people weepingin the streets over the death of North Korean strongman Kim Jong Il. From our perspective, the only rational explanation is that the tears are forced, a compulsory show of emotion for the cameras and, ultimately, the watchful eye of big brother.Maybe some of them are fake, but I have little doubt that many are real and spontaneous. Russians wept when Stalin died, and mass hysteria is a powerful thing. All of England seemed to go to pieces when Princess Diana died. Some of that emotion was a natural response to the sad loss of a widely admired woman. But much of it was self-feeding, tears prompted by tears, emotion amplified and reinforced by the media. Many people enjoy crying in public, feeling emotions in concert with large crowds of people.