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Discussions Discussion DPRK - North Korea
Tom Gary, Dec. 20, 2011

Astonishing public grieving in North Korea after the death of their leader Kim Jong Il. There must be something I’m missing here. It’s difficult to understand such extreme public displays of emotion over the passing any leader.

Tom Gary
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  • Ria Deamonte Ria Deamonte Dec. 21, 2011
    This is what I find completely dubious:

    Jon Huntsman - CNN - writes the following:

    <<Kim Jong Il's passing closes a sad and tragic chapter for the people of North Korea. His 17-year reign will be remembered as a dark period in their history characterized by great suffering and steady and dangerous provocations to the outside world.>>

    Is Mr. Huntsman completely blind to the outpouring of sorrow by the N. Koreans over Kim Jong Il's death? His words in no way match what I'm seeing in the video above. It's safe to say that the a majority of N. Koreans loved Kim Jong Il.

    In the age of the Internet (easy/global information access) journalists like Jon Huntsman should try to give a more balanced picture of the what's actually happening, instead of pandering to a Western biased view of the events. It's not credible journalism.
  • JP Lopez JP Lopez Dec. 21, 2011
    btw… Jon Huntsman is not a journalist. He's just a politician (former governor of Utah, former U.S. ambassador to China and candidate for the Republican nomination for president). So, narrow political speak is to be expected of him and most other politicians. Any journalist worth her salt would, I hope, never be so obtuse in their interpretation of the events in North Korea. I agree with you Ria. The North Koreans by and large revered the late Kim Jong Il.
  • Billy Sumner Billy Sumner Dec. 21, 2011
    Whoa…hadn't seen this stuff…pretty intense over there! Looks like the country has grinded to a complete stop.
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