posted on Jul, 25 2012 @ 08:28 PM
Always secretive and mysterious, NK and its leader seem to be a little more open to the public these days but is it all show? Or is it an attempt at
softening Global Relations and easing tensions?
SEOUL, South Korea — She was first spotted at a gala concert for the country’s who’s who, dressed in a trim black suit in the Chanel
tradition. Then she popped up at a kindergarten, trailing photographers who caught images of her smiling gently at children clambering up a slide. Her
latest appearance, at the inauguration of an amusement park, was yet another star turn: the cameras zooming in on the slim woman with the easy smile
and fashionable polka-dot jacket.
Some say that he's trying to break the style of his father. At least this wife was introduced to the public.
The fact that Ms. Ri was introduced publicly at all was considered significant, the latest sign for North Korea analysts that Mr. Kim was breaking
from the leadership style of his father, a dour man who was known for marrying beautiful performers but who never introduced them to his people.
Hopefully it's a sign of coming to the World stage in a more approachable and diplomatic manner but who knows.
Kim Jong-un has already shown a pattern of being more open and engaging. He appears to enjoy public events and interacting with children and the
common soldier. Many of these recent appearances look like a re-enactment of his grandfather’s mingling with the people in better times.”
This sums it up nicely.
“It would put some of his new policies into the context of a North Korean version of Camelot,” Mr. Park said. “A dynamic and charismatic
first lady could be very helpful in creating this image of Camelot. It’s definitely an uphill battle, but this image could generate some initial
We can only hope. Stranger things have happened lately.
After talking to my wife (Korean) she found this statement very promising as she grew up in an atmosphere of fear, propaganda and constant threats
from the North'
Mr. Kim has reportedly made a few substantive changes, including publicly acknowledging some failures that his father and grandfather would almost
certainly have hidden. Amid debilitating food shortages, he has mentioned a “food problem” and vowed to fix it, and he admitted that an important
rocket launching was a bust. He is also reported to be backing a program to allow hundreds of North Koreans to work in China to bring in much needed
foreign currency, a risky plan that could expose many more of his countrymen to the world after years of a virtual information blackout.
And it's true. He has made these steps and concessions. But the question always remains of it being show or truth. Remember, this kid just came to
power and he can go either way.
What I found even more interesting in the article is the question of whether or not the women play an important role at the top. I can guarantee you
they sure as hell do in the South. The Grandmother also...rules all. The men just don't admit it but I have seen many of them being berated by their
mother in laws, mothers and soon...their wives. Very interesting.
It is also a matter of dispute how important the wives and female companions of North Korean leaders are. Confidential cables released by
WikiLeaks suggested that at least one source for American government analysts thought the women played an important role. (One cable by the consulate
in Shanghai quotes that source as saying that a woman close to Kim Jong-il was “extremely powerful” and the person who decided who had access to
Anyways, there is a longer story there but I'll stop it there.
edit on 25-7-2012 by jude11 because: (no reason given)