Is Kim Jong-il for real? The question has baffled foreign intelligence agencies for years but now a veteran Japanese expert on North Korea says the “dear leader” is actually dead – and his role is played by a double.
The expert says Kim died of diabetes in 2003 and world leaders including Vladimir Putin of Russia and Hu Jintao of China have been negotiating with an impostor.
He believes that Kim, fearing assassination, had groomed up to four lookalikes to act as substitutes at public events. One underwent plastic surgery to make his appearance more convincing. Now, the expert claims, the actors are brought on stage whenever required to persuade the masses that Kim is alive. - Times Online
Well until Kim comes out of the shadows to dispute this rumor, I'm going to assume that it is true. For some reason it makes sense. And the nice thing is that by having 3-4 doubles enables whoever is really running North Korea to avoid the Moon Over Parador prima donna dilemma where you only have one double for the 'dear leader'.
Moon Over Parador: The film follows the exploits of Jack Noah (Dreyfuss), who is filming in the small, fictional South American country of Parador when the Paradorian president-for-life suddenly dies of a heart attack. Not wanting to lose his position in power, the president's right-hand man, Roberto Strausmann (Raul Julia) forces Jack to take the 'role of a lifetime' - that of the dead president, as the two men look so much alike. Jack accepts, eventually winning over the people and even the dead president's mistress, Madonna (Sonia Braga). However, when paradise proves to be too boring, Jack needs to find a way to get out while keeping Roberto out of the loop. - Wikipedia
If your one double gets out of line you can always replace him with a spare. The question is (if this is true) how many spares do they have, and why haven't they replaced him by staging an appropriate death? Are the rulers afraid of revolt if news gets out of his death? There is this:
South Korean analysts who attended two summits with Kim (before and after his supposed death) reported that he had indeed changed appearance. But that was because he had lost weight, quit smoking, given up cognac in favour of red bordeaux and coaxed the rest of the politburo onto a health kick. - Times Online
Sadly, even if this is true, it will most likely result in no change in the criminal Government there other than there being one less maniac in charge. Unless news of the leaders death results in a complete breakdown of the Government there. And that event cannot come too soon.
(Found via Drudge Report)
UPDATE: 9 Sept 08
Like I said, why don't they just engineer the double's demise for an orderly transition of Government.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il has suffered serious health problems and is believed to have suffered a stroke within the past month, according to U.S. officials.
Mr. Kim didn't attend the country's 60th anniversary celebration Tuesday, according to news agencies with offices in Pyongyang, reinforcing speculation that he's in poor health after reports that he collapsed last month and has been visited by doctors from China. - Wall Street Journal
Only problem here is that the North Koreans made no announcement. Seems that something realy is going on. Maybe they ran out of body doubles! On a more serious note, the faster we can get the North Korean Government to collapse, the better. the progressives of the world have a problem with the US keeping prisoners in GITMO. Well here is a whole country of prisoners. I guess the only way any of them will care (including the press) is if we get President Bush to be the next leader of North Korea.
North Korea ‘uses doubles to hide death of Kim’ - Times Online