Posted by: mulrickillion | December 21, 2011

North Korean Mourning May Be Real, But It’s a Matter of Survival, Too

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North Korean Mourning May Be Real, But It’s a Matter of Survival, Too (ABC News).

By Jean-Nicholas Fiebet, ABC news, Dec 21, 2011 — North Korean television has been showing stunning footage of public grieving following the death of "Dear Leader" Kim Jong Il, featuring groups of men and women shaking and sobbing violently, apparently inconsolable with grief.

It looks like a kind of mass hysteria, and it’s disconcerting to watch.

The images are so extraordinary that many outside the hermit kingdom are asking whether the grief is authentic, or faked by North Koreans forced to mourn by one of the world’s last totalitarian regimes.

Such is the cult of personality surrounding Kim Jong-il, and the deification of his family, that the shock resulting from his death is genuine, some North Korea experts say.

"People have been taught from their earliest years to see Kim Jong Il, like his  father Kim Il Sung before him, as a God-like figure," says Mike Chinoy, senior fellow at the U.S.-China Institute at the University of Southern California and the author of "Meltdown: The Inside Story of the North Koean Nuclear Crisis."

"The whole system has been organized around the Kim cult – mass worship of the leader, propaganda telling the population that everything in life comes from the benevolence of the leader," he says. "So it is not surprising that his death is a profound and unsettling shock to most North Koreans". . . .

North Korean Mourning May Be Real, But It’s a Matter of Survival, Too – Yahoo! News

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