Thursday, February 19, 2004
A Brief Glimpse

Atlantic Monthly gives us a look into the mind of North Korea's 'Dear Leader' through the eyes of his personal chef:

I thought maybe it hadn't been such a good idea to win, and I regretted it a bit. But he had said it was a serious race, so I decided I wasn't wrong in winning. Until then nobody else had ever won a contest against Kim Jong Il.

A month later he once again challenged me to a race. However, this time at the starting line I was surprised to see that he had traded his old Jet Ski for a much larger one. With a different engine capacity there was no way I could win.

At this time several areas in North Korea were suffering from floods and food shortages. Whether he was aware of this or not, Kim Jong Il certainly seemed to be enjoying his Jet Ski races.
Certainly seems like your 'typical' egomaniacal dictator - and we all know how those turn out, don't we?
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