b. : 16 February 1941
d. : 17 December 2011
Well, I've seen a lot of hate-posts about you, Kim, and I have to say you certainly deserve it. You were obviously a paranoid-schizo from the get-go, and I suspect people outside North Korea don't know the half of the hell you put your country through during your reign. Nevertheless, I'll do my best to write something positive about you. It's a thankless job, but somebody has to do it.
Let's see now.
Well, you're the only leader I know of that basically flipped the bird to both the USA and China, and lived to laugh about it. You made it into Dubnutz's "Axis of Evil", and yet outlasted the chimperor. You scared the bejeezus out of Japan with your talk of developing nuclear weapons and occasional kidnapping of Japanese citizens for work in your concentration camps. South Korea lives in dread of you invading them (again), which gives the US an excuse to station massive numbers of troops there.
The TV showed all sorts of your loyal subjects weeping and wailing and gnashing their teeth, but we know of course that it was all staged. But hey, if I were living there, I'd put on a show of grief too. It beats being shot to death as a subversive.
I see you named your youngest son the next ruler, and the few opening opinions of him aren't very nice. Basically, they're saying he's a chip off the old block. I would have preferred one of your other sons - the one that was into Heavy Metal. But hey, I'm just looking for common ground.
So Rest In Peace, Kim Jong-Il. Everyone else thinks you were a dsmented bastard, and they're probably right. But I keep having this nagging thought that you were just a crafty old devil, and even now you're laughing in your grave about how foolish you made all the political powers of the world look.