I won’t be losing any sleep over this news. But The Washington Post’s description of Kim Jong Il isn’t what I’d have gone with.
“Kim Jong Il, North Korea’s mercurial and enigmatic leader, has died. He was 69.
Kim’s death was announced Monday by 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.”
I’d have gone with insane and bloodthirsty.
Update: Here’s a Fox News report indicating he died of a heart attack during a train ride on Saturday. They also talk about his son Kim Jong Un who will be the likely successor. It’s not on this tape, but the regime has also put out propaganda film of North Koreans crying in the street over the death of their Dear Leader.
Update: It looks like it was the AP, not WaPo that came up with the “mercurial and enigmatic” description. The same thing was in the NYT.
Update 2: Here’s a video of the North Koreans mourning. Very weird.