Thursday, November 03, 2005

How Do We Love Kim Jong-Il?
Let Me Count The Ways


From Harper's:


Posted on Wednesday, November 2, 2005. From a list of titles allegedly used by “prominent leaders from 160 nations across the world” to refer to Kim Jong-Il, as announced last winter by North Korean state television. The titles were translated from the Korean by Lee Jong-Heon. Originally from Harper's Magazine, February 2005.



Supreme Commander at the Forefront of the Struggle Against Imperialism and the United States

Greatest Saint Who Rules with Extensive Magnanimity

Lode Star of the Twenty-First Century

Best Leader Who Realized Human Wisdom

Leader with Extraordinary Personality

Perfect Picture of Wisdom and Boldness

Eternal Bosom of Hot Love

Master of Literature, Arts, and Architecture

World’s Best Ideal Leader with Versatile Talents

Humankind’s Greatest Musical Genius

Master of the Computer Who Surprised the World

Man with Encyclopedic Knowledge

Guardian Deity of the Planet


Heaven-Sent Hero

Power Incarnate with Endless Creativity

Greatest Man Who Ever Lived

Present-day God

World’s Greatest Writer


I see him wandering around his palace, singing, "I'm So Ronery."