A North Korea Puzzle

It struck me the other day, while watching a news report about North Korea, that nobody seems to be discussing – openly, anyway – the huge and pretty obvious opportunity for political hinkiness that the supposed appointment of Kim Jong-Un as the designated successor to Kim Jong-Il creates. Bear with me, here, if you will:

Kim Jong-Il is a virtual recluse these days, in at best failing health. Is he even still alive? Are his mental facilities diminished? Nobody outside of North Korea really seems to know, and it really doesn’t matter, because it’s really questionable as to who really controls how much power in that country right now, anyway.

Now, somebody – maybe Kim Jong-Il, maybe the Party, maybe the top-ranking Generals in the North Korean military – has apparently appointed as heir apparent a kid who hasn’t been seen in public in well over a decade. The only photos anyone can find of him are, what, fourteen years old?

What are the odds that the “Kim Jong-Un” who eventually shows up to head North Korea is actually related to his “father”?

I’m not suggesting the mother was guilty of infidelity; I’m suggesting the military, the Communist Party, or whomever else happens to be running things in North Korea right now have come up with an ideologically-compatible, adequately photogenic, sufficiently docile puppet to place upon the de-facto throne. “Look, it’s the mysterious and mostly forgotten youngest heir to the dynasty!” Is it really the “real” Kim Jong-Un? Who knows? Who cares?

Eventually, the government over there will release a “current” photo of their “Kim Jong-Un”, and I’d be interested to see what any facial-recognition technologies have to say about the current Kim Jong-Un versus the Kim Jong-Un of fifteen years ago…

Published in: Geekiness, General | on June 9th, 2009| 1 Comment »

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  1. On 6/10/2009 at 1:11 am Viktor Said:

    Well, the rumour is that neither the military nor china are fond of Kim Jong-Un. What that means I don’t know, because as you know nothing is certain about that country.