There are two famous Kims in the world today – Kim Kardashian and Kim Jong-un. The former is an attention hungry celebrity and the latter is an attention hungry dictator. The former has Kim as her birth name, the latter has Kim as his family name. One lives in Los Angeles in the US of A, and the other rules over North Korea from Pyongyang. But the Kim of Korea outshines the Kim of US on the popularity metre in their respective countries. No one (and I mean NO ONE!) in North Korea dislikes Kim Jong-un, but many in the US have an intense dislike of their Kim. So, when Sony Pictures was about to release ‘The Interview’, North Korean hackers carried out a cyber-attack on the company, warning the people not to watch the James Franco film, which is about a fictional plot to assassinate Kim Jong-un. Sony has pulled out the film and major cinema chains in the US have decided not to screen it. But let us leave the case-dissection part to the experts. Let us talk about the unflinching loyalty of the people of Kim Jong-un.
So, how does Kim Jong-un – the dictator of a country with one of the world’s worst record of hunger, poverty and human rights – continues to rule like a God? Frankly speaking, I do not know. What I know is of a particular peculiarity of North Korean people – a highly-emotional display of love for the Dear Leader.
No one, it appears, can cry so quickly like the people of North Korea, and no leader in the world can boast of enjoying a pop star status in his country like Kim Jong-un.
Nearly everyone is seen clutching the hands of the ‘Great Successor’ of ‘Dear Leader’ Kim Jong Il as if he is the fabled hen that laid the golden eggs.
The ‘babyface’ Kim Jong Un, on the other hand, is all smiles but appears to be leaving for somewhere in a hurry because he is always ‘working’ to keep his beloved subjects happy.
And when he works, Kim Jong-un gives the impression of a far more serious man than his father and grandfather in the portraits that hang from every wall in every building of the country…
AFP PHOTO / KCNA via KNS
…and Tommy Lee Jones in ‘Men in Black’ series.
Perhaps by holding him back, Kim’s people are trying to tell him not to work like a maniac and learn something from the developed nations who have accumulated all the riches without doing anything.
Kim and his men are, perhaps, always in the mood to break into a Turkish dance, which is why they walk arm-in-arm…
KCNA/KNS / AP
…to break into this.
The jovial and good natured Kim is shown very pleased with the love his people shower him with. Wow, what a sight! Can Obama boast of such a visible display of brotherhood and loyalty? And, Kim is not even the Head of the State; he is the head of the military, which is above the government according to the Republic of Korea’s constitution.
This man is technically the Head of the Government and his name is Kim Yong-nam:
Kim does not appear to discriminate against the commoners. Rank or no rank, men or women, anyone can hold the hand of the ‘Outstanding Leader’ and take a walk to the nearest border or nuclear facility (wherever that is).
The pictures that show him at his desk planning attacks on US prove that he is dedicated to his cause unlike other leader in the world.
Why would then the North Koreans not break into tears at the sight of their “oh so hardworking leader”?
They cry when they hold junior Kim’s hands. They wrestle to touch him and cry again at the sight of him. They try to restrain him from going back to work and perhaps try to tell him that a leader should also take some rest and devote a part of his time to his family. Oh! And he has a family.
This is his wife, and she is pretty.
Even children cry out of respect for their ‘Outstanding Leader’.
True, Michael Jackson commanded such a display of hysteria from his fans…
…but the fact that Kim Jong-un actually rules a country makes things different.
The world says North Koreans are not happy. If a picture tells a thousand stories, then there are tens of thousands of evidences that North Korea has more happy people than anywhere on earth.