- Posted December 19, 2011 by
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Kim Jong Il dead at 69
Why Should Americans Care Kim Jung Il Is Dead?
Sunday the world learned that the leader of one of the most isolated, repressive and poorest nations in the world had died.
Kim Jung Il, the eccentric, Beloved Leader of North Korea (the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea) died on December 16 of an apparent heart attack.
For many Americans, the question is why should we care?
Wasn't this the crazy dictator of an evil regime always making threats and firing off nuclear missiles to test?
Isn't the world better off not having him around?
The answer is both yes and no to the last question. Yes, Kim Jung Il did act erractic at times. Yes, he was testing nuclear armed missiles. Yes, he was keeping tensions high with the southern peninsula.
But Kim Jung Il was the devil we knew.
So why does that matter to Americans?
Don't we have enough problems with our country?
Yes, we do have problems, but imagine if we were suddenly thrust into another war not of our making and a real threat of a nuclear blast in northeast Asia across the China Sea from Japan.
Many Americans may have forgot why we still have troops stationed in South Korea. The war has never ended.
Yes, there has been a ceasefire in place for almost 60 years. The war, which we entered as a police action authorized by the United Nations, has never ended.
There is no peace treaty.
In the remote and despotic North Korea cut off from the rest of the world, we cannot be sure what unrest may be occurring. Kim Jung Il had 20 years to consolidate his power and to accustom the military and political party leaders that he was his father's successor.
The apparent heir and new leader is the 3rd son of Kim Jung Il, the 28 or 29-year-old Kim Jung Un. His father only named him successor two years ago.
Prior to the announcement of Kim Jung Il's death, the North conducted another missile test. Is this just the first of many such tests?
Will the young leader have to rattle sabers and even embark on a new assault on the South in order to consolidate his power?
For the moment, forget Iran. Forget Iraq. Forget the Middle East and Afghanistan.
The death of Kim Jung Il could pit US forces directly against Chinese forces in much the same way as happened up until the 1953 ceasefire.
Can the US of A afford not to be concerned with Kim Jung Il's death when the very real, rifle-in-hand enemy could be soldiers of the Chinese who currently hold the American debt in its hands?
From the Cornfield, far removed from the tension and the heightened security alerts in Asia, Americans do need to take note of Kim Jung Il's passing and the ascension of his son, Kim Jung Un.
It is a scary time for the world and the US of A.
Today North Korea, always unpredictable, has just become even more of an enigma and a possible threat to peace not just in Asia, but the world.