We’ve had a lot of laughs at Satellite Sisters about the jumpsuit-wearing, Hennessey-swilling, serial Rambo-watching dictator of North Korea. I stopped laughing about him after my five-day visit to the world’s most isolated and repressive country. It was truly a sinister place. You can listen to our podcast about my visit to North Korea on The Satellite Sisters Facebook page. Kim Jong Il was a cruel leader that kept North Koreans under-educated, under-fed and certainly under watch at all times. The people of North Korea do not have basic human rights. My traveling partner, Suzy texted me when the news broke about Kim Jong Il’s death saying the dear leader deserves a special place in hell. I agree.
I didn’t hear much about his son Kim Jung Eun when I was there. I could ask my minders /tour guides questions about succession but I never got answers, only blank stares. I fear the worst. When visiting the DPRK, you get the impression that the whole country is in the state of high alert and ready for war. I heard so much anti-American rhetoric that it became laughable. Now, with a young inexperienced leader seeking to shore up his control over his people and with access to nuclear weapons, North Korea is a very dangerous place.
One more thing, remember I haven’t mentioned to my parents that I went to North Korea. So if you see them over the holidays, mums the word.