|Young Kim Jong Il|
|North Korean citizens weeping for their great leader. I could believe a lot of the older people are probably crying for real.|
The first question I hear a lot of people asking is, "are those North Korean people really crying or is it all a show?" Well, good question...
In my opinion, I would have to say that its likely a mish-mash. What you have is a group of people who:
A. Are actually bawling, because they actually give a shit about Kim Jong Il and have been brain-washed into thinking he really was the only thing standing between North Korea and the swarms of evil American "imperialists" waiting to invade the North Korea at a moment's notice.
B. Actors who are likely party-loyalists who have been inserted by the party into these groups of people to quite literally "give a show", and show all the international news broadcasters just how much everyone loves the "great leader" and are devistated by his passing.
C. People who are forcing out tears or even flat out faking it cause they don't want to show that they really don't give two shits about the "great leader" because they are fearful that the people who do may notice and report them (or something like that).
I'm not sure about the ratio, and I don't even know for sure if this is the case of course, but if you watch the videos of the sobbing masses it feels like its fairly easy to tell who's genuinely distraught and who's faking. I do believe that some North Koreans are genuinely devastated about his passing. The national psyche over there is really something else, with the "Kim dynasty" enjoying a status that lies somewhere between "war heroes" and "gods on earth" with their own mythology to boot. Its pretty hard to wrap one's head around. However, it has been discovered in the past that there are those in North Korea who oppose the regime, or are at the very least indifferent towards it. It would be these people that would likely fit in category "C". Just like any country, North Korea and its people are complicated. It's never a good idea to generalize too much.
The other question I've heard people asking is "What happens now?"
|Old propaganda poster depicting a North Korean soldier smashing the White House.|
|The "crown-prince" Kim Jong Un, successor to the Kim throne. (Ahem... Kim Jong Il's Son)|
Last question I'll answer is "What did you think of Kim Jong Il?"
|I dunno if that's supposed to be Kim Jong Il or Kim Il Sung, but I could not imagine either of them riding a horse like this... especially not the former.|
Regardless, it will be interesting to see what happens with North Korea over the next while and I sincerely hope for the safety of South Korea and all the loved ones I have over there.