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Dictator Celebrates As North Koreans Starve (Kim Jong-Il)
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 2-17-2005

Posted on 02/16/2005 5:58:13 PM PST by blam

Dictator celebrates as North Koreans starve

(Filed: 17/02/2005)

Kim Jong-Il celebrated his birthday in exuberant fashion yesterday, despite worsening food rations among his people and international condemnation of his nuclear ambitions.

Children's dance displays, synchronised swimming, fireworks and Kim's personal touch - flower shows featuring the Kimjongilia, a form of magnolia specially bred to bloom early in his honour - marked the 63 years of North Korea's "Dear Leader".

An army dance ensemble performed a concert featuring numbers such as General on a Galloping White Horse and a female solo, I Do Not Know a Warmer Bosom.

Pyongyang's central square "turned into rising waves of dances when the participants presented more enthusiastic dances, waving the flags of the supreme commander", said the official Korean Central News Agency.

"The Korean people unanimously revere leader Kim Jong-il as a brilliant commander," it added.

The KCNA's clear assertion that Kim's personality cult is alive and well will come as a blow to those opponents who had hoped from recent leaks from inside the reclusive country that his power was heading for collapse.

Late last year, reports emerged that his official portrait was being taken down from some public buildings, while analysts have questioned how much longer even a totalitarian dictatorship such as his can survive in the face of economic crisis.

Since losing its main backer, the Soviet Union, at the beginning of the 1990s, North Korea has suffered a famine in which at least a million people are thought to have died, industrial collapse, power shortages and now rampant inflation as tentative economic reforms are tried out.

The World Food Programme said last month that food rations had been cut in half, on top of chronic shortages that have already led to serious stunting of the country's children.

Kim says he is the victim of attempts by the United States to "stifle" him prior to launching an invasion. He has repeatedly claimed to have a nuclear weapon, and has refused to take part in further talks on the issue with the US and his closest neighbours. His country needs the bomb as a deterrent, he insists.

An aide was reported as saying: "If the US recklessly opts for a war of aggression despite the repeated warning, our army and people will mobilise all potentials. [We will] deal merciless, crushing blows at the aggressors."

Curiously, occasional reports from inside his secluded family-run leadership clique suggest that Kim is well aware of - and slightly embarrassed by - the absurdity of his personality cult, but feels unable to do anything about it.

He certainly contributes to the cult surrounding his late father, Kim il-Sung, who is still officially president, even in death, and whose birthday is celebrated in similar style.

But official pronouncements sometimes now take on a hint of fashionable anti-globalisation and anti-Americanism, and stress the internationalisation of Kim's support. This year, birthday festivals were apparently also held in Russia, Guinea, Senegal, Iran, Pakistan, Malaysia, Singapore and Nigeria.

"The day is an auspicious holiday for progressive people all over the world," said the KCNA.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: celebrates; dictator; il; jong; kim; koreans; north; northkorea; starve

1 posted on 02/16/2005 5:58:13 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

Isn't SOCIALISM/COMMUNISM beautiful ????


2 posted on 02/16/2005 5:59:02 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: blam

S i c k


3 posted on 02/16/2005 6:01:11 PM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR)
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To: blam

I wonder how many parties are going on over at DU?


4 posted on 02/16/2005 6:04:04 PM PST by Dallas59 (Bush said the "F" word 27 times January 20th, 2005!)
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To: EagleUSA

Channeling DU here: But Bush spent $40 Million on his inaugural while the homeless slept sewer vents. It's totally comparable.


5 posted on 02/16/2005 6:04:37 PM PST by Callahan
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To: blam
"The day is an auspicious holiday for progressive people all over the world," said the KCNA.

I'm afraid the KCNA is correct. I'm sure there are a few leftists in the U.S. who marked the "Great Leader's" birthday today. It's twisted.

6 posted on 02/16/2005 6:05:19 PM PST by 68skylark
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To: EagleUSA

Sure, especially when the regimes are anti-US.


7 posted on 02/16/2005 6:06:45 PM PST by Guillermo (HR 1146 repeals the United Nations Participation Act of 1945 - Call your Congresscritter!)
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To: blam
Did Madeleine Albright attend the auspicious progressive festival?

I understand Kim's champagne and cognac are quite splendid.

8 posted on 02/16/2005 6:11:56 PM PST by Savage Beast (My parents, grandparents, and great grandparents were Democrats. My children are Republicans.)
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To: blam

9 posted on 02/16/2005 6:18:39 PM PST by Oztrich Boy (Here to help)
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To: blam
Birthday tributes to Kim Jong-il

Justin McCurry in Tokyo
Thursday February 17, 2005
The Guardian

Days after drawing international condemnation by declaring his country a nuclear power, the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il, was showered with domestic plaudits yesterday as he celebrated his 63rd birthday.

While members of the communist state's elite dined on pheasant and venison, the official media heaped praise on a man condemned by the west as a tyrant.

The newspaper Rodong Shinmun described him as an "illustrious commander, endowed with outstanding commandership art and matchless courage and pluck."

Mindful of western pressure on Pyongyang to negotiate an end to its nuclear weapons programme, the newspaper vowed that any "plot of the US imperialists" against North Korea would prove futile "and the sovereignty of our country will be firmly defended".'

The impoverished citizens of North Korea, where more than 1 million people are said to have starved to death in the 1990s, were given small packets of rice, meat or other rations - personal gifts from the Dear Leader.

Despite rumours that Mr Kim is preparing to hand over to one of his three sons, Korea watchers interpreted the birthday celebrations as a sign that he is reaffirming his grip on power.

10 posted on 02/16/2005 6:20:00 PM PST by blam
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There is a very special and horrific place in Hell reserved for this demonic so-called 'family'.

I wouldn't be surprised if Kim Jong ends up playing 'Wormwood' to his already-burning-daddy's 'Uncle Screwtape'.

You have to be familiar with C.S. Lewis to get this joke.


11 posted on 02/16/2005 6:26:36 PM PST by Mad Mammoth
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To: Dallas59

Official name of North Korea: The People's Democratic
Republic of Korea

Notice Democratic? The name says it all.


12 posted on 02/16/2005 6:27:30 PM PST by stbdside
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To: Dallas59

Official name of North Korea: The People's Democratic
Republic of Korea

Notice Democratic? The name says it all.


13 posted on 02/16/2005 6:27:32 PM PST by stbdside
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To: Dallas59

Sorry for the double post.


14 posted on 02/16/2005 6:29:43 PM PST by stbdside
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To: blam

Is Whoopie Goldberg celebrating ?


15 posted on 02/16/2005 6:33:02 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: blam

I don't know: "Children's dance displays, synchronised swimming, ... flower shows".

Could "Dear Leader" be a bit wifty.


16 posted on 02/16/2005 6:46:43 PM PST by sd-joe
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To: Callahan
Channeling DU here: But Bush spent $40 Million on his inaugural while the homeless slept sewer vents. It's totally comparable. How did they do that--"slept sewer vents?" North Korea is incomparable here--sorry.
17 posted on 02/16/2005 7:02:48 PM PST by moog
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To: blam

The impoverished citizens of North Korea, where more than 1 million people are said to have starved to death in the 1990s, were given small packets of rice, meat or other rations - personal gifts from the Dear Leader.

That was their year's supply of food.


18 posted on 02/16/2005 7:03:51 PM PST by moog
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To: blam

This pompous, nose-thumbing display would be mildly amusing if weren't for the fact that millions are suffering.


19 posted on 02/16/2005 7:13:29 PM PST by DoctorMichael (The Fourth Estate is a Fifth Column!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: Dallas59
I glanced over there, at DU, since your comment got me curious and they seem to be ignoring Korea. I looked all over and couldn't see where they were talking about it. Perhaps because it doesn't fit into their political agenda. There is lots of chatter about Syria but a strange silence on Korea. I admit that I didn't stay long on their site but you would think I could find something on it. Perhaps they are hoping that it just goes away. To look at this pig of a dictator is to become filled with anger. Their bloggers might start to sound like Republicans and start calling him part of a axis of evil. Perhaps they might even call upon the government to promote freedom and democracy around the globe. It is best if they do not give themselves over to righteous anger against the enemies of the Republic, because they need to save it to attack their own president.
20 posted on 02/16/2005 7:29:29 PM PST by dog breath
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To: Callahan

Not really. This is a country where we have programs to feed, clothe, provide health care, and shelter for those homeless who choose to take it. In Korea, they have no food for their workers or their children.


21 posted on 02/16/2005 8:22:01 PM PST by mak5
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To: dog breath

If Bush directly takes on Kim Jong il, look for most of DU to come out in favor of Kim Jong il, and rationalize the excesses of the DPRK, through some twisted logic, only because by intrinsic nature they are FORCED to support anyone who opposes "Bush". (They never say "President")


22 posted on 02/21/2005 2:31:10 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Illegal Aliens "Those Wonderful People" in Jail Now Are $1.4 Billion A Year For California Taxpayers)
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To: dog breath
FYI, Japanese news sources are now saying (7:45 a.m. local time) that KIM JONG IL has told the visiting Chinese delegation in Pyongyang that "North Korea has no intention of leaving the Six Party Talks." (Breaking)
23 posted on 02/21/2005 2:48:00 PM PST by AmericanInTokyo (Illegal Aliens "Those Wonderful People" in Jail Now Are $1.4 Billion A Year For California Taxpayers)
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