by Daveda Gruber:
On Sunday North Koreans marked the sixth anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il, the father of current leader Kim Jong Un, and former leader of the country.
The remembrance showed tribute, through heightened tensions with the U.S. over apprehension about North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
So how does Kim Jong Un honor to his father?
Thousands of solemn-faced North Koreans were photographed bringing flowers, bowing in front of statues and portraits of their leaders in very cold weather.
Somber recorded music played and the mourners marched up Pyongyang’s Mansu Hill and placed all sorts of flowers at the feet of two massive bronze statues of Kim Jong Il and national founder Kim Il Sung. Kim Il Sung is North Korea’s ‘eternal president’ and Rocket Man’s grandfather.
The cost of the statues could have fed the people living in the country for quite a while. Instead, the hungry, malnourished people blow the statues.
Dead at age 69, Kim Jong Il reportedly died of a heart attack. Kim was known to have had health problems in the years before he died, including a stroke in 2008.
North Koreans are not supposed to drink or participate in entertainment and inappropriate displays of enjoyment on the day before and the day of the anniversary.
The way those people eat, it is a wonder that they ever display excitement.
The senior ruling party officials visited a mausoleum, on the outskirts of the city where the elder Kims lie in state, at midnight.
North Korea has shown a tendency to conduct missile tests to mark major national events. Honoring your past leaders by blowing up missiles has been a way to show tribute; right? Why stop now?
Tens of thousands of North Korean soldiers marched in a parade to mark the 105th anniversary of the birth of Kim Il Sung in April.
The country conducted a failed missile test from Sinpo the next day, the U.S. military said.
Last year, North Korea conducted two missile tests days after “Party Foundation Day” on Oct. 10, a public holiday in the country. Blowing up missiles has always been a pastime North Korea has had fun displaying.
In late November, the rogue country claims to have tested an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of striking the U.S. mainland. Secretary of Defense James Mattis cast doubt on that claim on Friday, saying the U.S. was still ‘assessing the situation’.
Maybe if we keep on ‘assessing the situation’, they’ll blow themselves up by mistake. Not eating a decent diet of proper food does make people crazy.