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    PYONGYANG, North Korea A thin-looking Kim Jong Il made a rare public appearance Wednesday as North Korea paid solemn respects to his father, the country's late founder, on the 15th anniversary of his death.
    The memorial was the second major state event that the 67-year-old Kim has attended in person since reportedly suffering a stroke last summer. In early April, he presided over a parliamentary meeting where he was re-elected as leader.
    Footage from broadcaster APTN showed Kim dressed in a khaki suit, looking more gaunt and with less hair than in April. As in April, he limped slightly while walking into the packed Pyongyang auditorium in what is believed to be an effect from the stroke.
    Kim bowed his head during a moment of silence. A portrait of a giant red flag with an image of his father, a smiling Kim Il Sung, dominated the backdrop.
    Kim's health has sparked concerns about instability and a power struggle if he were to die without naming a successor. His third and youngest son, Kim Jong Un, has widely been reported as being groomed as heir, but the regime has made no announcement to the outside world.
    Wednesday's memorial came after the North conducted a number of banned ballistic missile tests last weekend, fueling tensions already running high after Pyongyang's second nuclear test on May 25 led to punishing U.N. sanctions.
    The regime used the memorial to criticize the United States and South Korea.
    "We will sternly smash the U.S. imperialist forces and South Korea's puppet regime anti-unification plot," Kim Yong Nam, the North's No. 2 leader, told the ceremony, according to footage broadcast on state television.
    "We will achieve the historical mission of national unification by realizing" Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il's policies for that, he added.
    I think he's become mentally unstable as well. Sounds like a veil threat to me.
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    Re: Thin-looking Kim Jong Il makes rare appearance

    Two governments need to go: The Chinese and the North Korean.

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    Re: Thin-looking Kim Jong Il makes rare appearance

    Thought I'd just post these photos, as I know people are going to be interested in seeing how bad he looks nowadays (I know I was expecting to see some photos when I opened the thread):









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    Why do people follow this crazy old man? I mean, why hasn't there been a coo to get rid of him yet?

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    Why do people follow this crazy old man? I mean, why hasn't there been a coo to get rid of him yet?
    It pretty much has to do with ideological hegemony and the fact that if a coup was attempted the entire country would fall apart, which would lead in the coup failing. Nobody is going to attempt a coup that they know will fail.

    We'll probably see a power struggle following his death, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Why do people follow this crazy old man? I mean, why hasn't there been a coo to get rid of him yet?
    Probably a combination of:

    1) The population being starved into submission
    2) The population being terrorized into submission
    3) The general sense, in that part of the world, that the individual is significantly less important than the group
    4) The people's complete inability to envision a viable alternative to their present situation, thanks to the heavy filtration and manipulation of the educational system by the state
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    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TacticalEvilDan View Post
    Probably a combination of:

    1) The population being starved into submission
    2) The population being terrorized into submission
    3) The general sense, in that part of the world, that the individual is significantly less important than the group
    4) The people's complete inability to envision a viable alternative to their present situation, thanks to the heavy filtration and manipulation of the educational system by the state
    When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation......

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    Re: Thin-looking Kim Jong Il makes rare appearance

    Hey, you asked, I answered. Don't quote American history at me if you don't like what you hear.
    I'm already gearing up for Finger Vote 2014.

    Just for reference, means my post was a giant steaming pile of sarcasm.

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    Re: Thin-looking Kim Jong Il makes rare appearance

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    I think he's become mentally unstable as well. Sounds like a veil threat to me.
    You know, we've devastated his population, we've destroyed their ability to feed their people, and it looks like our sanctions are working. If they're enough to make the dear leader lose a couple of inches, it looks like our anti-food, anti-technology sanctions are working!

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    Re: Thin-looking Kim Jong Il makes rare appearance

    My wife was just watching MBC (Korean TV) and called me to come see his condition. He looks thin and frail. He had a stroke last year and probably wont make it to see 2010.
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