In its initial reports of the North Korean Dictator’s demise, the Associated Press wrote, “Kim Jong Il, North Korea's mercurial and enigmatic longtime leader, has died of heart failure. He was 69.” Mercurial and enigmatic? I suppose it tells part of the story, but it’s kind of like starting a notorious mass murderer’s obituary by calling him “the well-traveled Ted Bundy.”
Now that the “Dear Leader” has departed for that slave labor camp in the sky, it is important to remember the moral principle that one should never speak ill of the dead. Therefore the balance of this obituary will focus on Kim’s good qualities. And so it goes.