Kim Jong-Il's mental stability

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I've heard many people on these forums claiming Il is crazy, a psychopath, or other such things. I havn't seen or heard any such reports about him having any such condition anywhere. How true is this? How much is just fear mongering?
 

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Pengwuino
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No, sorry, as much as I'm sure you'd like to believe it, it is not fear mongering. He's a short little korean minime.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Jong_Il is a decent start

Some of these stories however come from defectors from the DPRK, and are considered more credible. Kim's former Japanese chef has said in newspaper interviews that Kim has a 10,000-bottle wine cellar, likes blonde Western women, collects Mazda RX-7 sports cars, stages all-night banquets at which attendance and heavy drinking is compulsory for high officials (this was also a habit of Stalin's), and has a troupe of strippers for his personal entertainment. According to this account Kim once sent his wife and children on a secret trip to Tokyo Disneyland. Kim is also said to be a film fan, owning a collection of some 20,000 video tapes [3].
collects Mazda RX-7 sports cars
If that doesn't convince you of his insanity, nothing will
 
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Yes I read through the entire article before posting. I didn't conclude that he was crazy though. Eccentricity is not insanity.
 
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But analysts say such launches are part of a familiar negotiating tactic - that of creating a minor crisis which could force concessions.
I just think that if he was a psychopath there'd be more concrete evidence than collecting mazda's and liking big bosomed blonds. I'd really hope a rumor as wide-spread as this would be based on something.
 
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A day later the official North Korean news agency quoted the North Korean foreign ministry as calling Mr Bush a "hooligan, bereft of any personality as a human being, to say nothing of stature as president of a country. He is a half-baked man in terms of morality, and a philistine whom we can never deal with."
Seems pretty stable to me :biggrin:
 
Pengwuino
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.... what is this a joke?

Bush makes a speech, liberals cry themselves to sleep and call it fear mongering. North Korea launches missiles at Japan for years and "Oh well... hes not so bad"?
 
Pengwuino
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Smurf said:
Seems pretty stable to me :biggrin:
hehe, ok michael moore :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

Man you canadians must have something in your water....

ha, used 'your' in a sentence correctly.
 
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Pengwuino said:
Bush makes a speech, liberals cry themselves to sleep and call it fear mongering. North Korea launches missiles at Japan for years and "Oh well... hes not so bad"?
I'm just saying he's not insane. Just like all that hype a while back that Zarqawi was a psychopath who kills for pleasure. I just need more evidence than that.

(besides, it's not like he actually hit japan)
 
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Pengwuino said:
Man you canadians must have something in your water....
Yeah, it's called acid rain.... you yanks are the ones putting it there.
 
Pengwuino
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Well, facts say hes insane. "it's not like he actually hit japan". My God. Thats like the russians firing an icbm at america and hitting toronto. Just because they didn't hit anything useful that means there not so bad? :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
 
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Pengwuino said:
Well, facts say hes insane.
Ah, good we're getting somewhere. What facts?
 
Pengwuino
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Smurf said:
Ah, good we're getting somewhere. What facts?
Missiles. Launched. Japan. Insane. God that acid rain really screwed you people up.
 
Pengwuino
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Oh Smurf... you are just too much.

I just talked to Zeus. You're fired. I'm sorry.
 
loseyourname
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Smurf said:
Yeah, it's called acid rain.... you yanks are the ones putting it there.
When has that ever been a problem in BC? Don't your weather systems come down from the north Pacific?
 
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Pengwuino: If He is insain for lunching missiles towards Japan, what does that make eisenhower... :rofl:

Also... why do you think everyone is a "liberal" We arent all Americans here!
 
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Pengwuino said:
Missiles. Launched. Japan. Insane. God that acid rain really screwed you people up.
:cry:
You and smurf should do this way more often :biggrin:
 
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Pengwuino said:
No, sorry, as much as I'm sure you'd like to believe it, it is not fear mongering. He's a short little korean minime.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Jong_Il is a decent start





If that doesn't convince you of his insanity, nothing will
That sounds like most dictators to me, but in particular Marcos in the Philippines. I'm sure his wife had way more shoes than Kim Jong Il. And the U.S, supported Marcos for almost 20 years. Ooooh scary! :surprised
 
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I think it's just a fear mongering meme.

Show me an analysis of some psychiatrist on what he thinks Kim Jong-Il's mental illness is, and why, and maybe I'll believe it.
 
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Smurf said:
I've heard many people on these forums claiming Il is crazy, a psychopath, or other such things. I havn't seen or heard any such reports about him having any such condition anywhere. How true is this? How much is just fear mongering?
Well since he's the dictator, he isn't going to go get himself diagnosed. I'll find some for you later (I'm having trouble cutting through the blogs), but psychologists do analyses of the mental health of leaders all the time. People on this site love citing that guy who wrote a book about Bush. I specifically remember seeing Hitler Stalin, Mao, and Il listed together with the word "sociopath". If you want to judge for yourself as a layman, this is the definition of sociopath (which isn't much different from "psychopath"):

"A person with an antisocial personality disorder, manifested in aggressive, perverted, criminal, or amoral behavior without empathy or remorse."

Not caring that 10% of your population has starved to death in the past decade is pretty good evidence of antisocial behavior.
 
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russ_watters said:
People on this site love citing that guy who wrote a book about Bush.
Yeah, what was that guy's conclusions? That he was highly dyslexic and suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome?

I think that was it.
 
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Pengwuino said:
Well, facts say hes insane. "it's not like he actually hit japan". My God. Thats like the russians firing an icbm at america and hitting toronto. Just because they didn't hit anything useful that means there not so bad? :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
And if you remember your geography, the alternative to firing your test missles "at" Japan is to fire your test missles "at" China. Only China isn't completely surrrounded by water, and would definitely hit something.

So it looks like firing missles "at" Japan is the less insane of two options.

Unless you want to have a military that doesn't test fire its own weapons. Which sounds pretty insane to me.
 
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Here is one to look further into later. Gotta go for now... http://ps.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/56/6/761 [Broken]
 
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SOS2008 said:
That sounds like most dictators to me....
Not surprisingly, dictators tend to share a lot of psychological traits.
 

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