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North Korea’s Kim Jong Il Dies

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By Doug Powers  •  December 18, 2011 11:05 PM

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It’s being reported that Kim Jong Il, who was a regional menace and global annoyance for years, has died at the age of 69.

From CBS News:

Kim’s death was announced Monday by the state television from the North Korean capital, Pyongyang.

Kim is believed to have suffered a stroke in 2008 but appeared relatively vigorous in photos and video from recent trips to China and Russia and in numerous trips around the country carefully documented by state media. The leader, reputed to have had a taste for cigars, cognac and gourmet cuisine, was believed to have had diabetes and heart disease.
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The Dear Leader took over the reigns in North Korea sometime between 1992 and 1994 after the death of his father, Kim Il-sung, who had ruled the country for 46 years.

If the “Dear Leader” moniker didn’t sound grandiose enough, a couple of years ago Kim Jong Il gave the person who would be his successor — his son — the title of “Brilliant Comrade.” In other words, things in North Korea will most likely get crazier and more delusional before they get better… if they ever do.

Now we’ll never know if 2012 was going to be Jong Il’s lucky year.

Jimmy Carter has volunteered to lead the US delegation to Kim’s funeral. Just kidding… I think. (Update: Or maybe Ted Turner would be the better choice)

From the Twitterverse, Joshua TreviƱo weighs in:

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Update: Grief in a totalitarian state.

(h/t Ed Driscoll)

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