Well, this story certainly has one of the stranger headlines I’ve seen in quite a while. Disclaimer: the accompanying picture is a dramatization.
Women danced in mini-skirted military uniforms as North Korea marked the 60th anniversary of its communist party on Monday, while speculation mounted over whether its leader would use the occasion to name a successor.
At an event attended by leader Kim Jong-il and thousands of his military brass and cadres on Sunday, the emphasis was on Pyongyangâ€™s long-standing â€œsongunâ€ military-first policy and its â€œjucheâ€ ideal of self-reliance.
â€œWe should fully embody the partyâ€™s songun politics, an all-powerful treasured sword for victory in revolution under any circumstances and conditions, and direct primary efforts to the strengthening of the Korean Peopleâ€™s Army,â€ the Northâ€™s No. 2, Kim Yong-nam, said in remarks carried on the KCNA news agency.
The anniversary of the Workersâ€™ Party of Korea is a time when the reclusive country revels in mass games and provides its citizens with a few extra bowls of rice to celebrate.
Hey, nothing captures the fun-loving nature of a repressive commie dictatorship like martial trollops flaunting their gams and cavorting for the party. And hey, extra rice. Bonus!
Unfortunately, there is also a serious side to this story.
But for this anniversary, outside attention has been focused on whether Kim Jong-il will name one of his three sons to a key post in the ruling party, which in effect would amount to naming a successor-in-waiting in the worldâ€™s only communist dynasty.
The Russian news agency Itar-Tass last week quoted a diplomatic source in Pyongyang as saying Kim may use the event to announce a successor. Analysts said the precise timing and which son he would pick were anyoneâ€™s guess.
Alas! The odds are not in favor of the oldest of Kim’s brood.
The eldest of his known sons, Kim Jong-nam, has apparently fallen into disfavour for trying to sneak into Japan on a false passport to visit Tokyo Disneyland.
Hmmm … yeah, I could see how that could be considered a strike against him.