Cecil B DeMille would have admired the funeral of Kim Jong-il. Its staging owes much to the Hollywood movies that the Dear Leader so loved.
It’s worth noting that the scenes coming out of North Korea are probably only the second time live images have been broadcast from the hermit nuclear state. The first time was in 2000, when Kim Jong-il met the South Korean president Kim Dae-jung as part of the stuttering reconciliation process.
State funerals are exercises in symbolism, and one thing was abundantly very clear in Pyongyang yesterday: Kim Jong-il’s youngest son, in long black coat but no hat, was leading the mourners.… Seguir leyendo »