The United Nations General Assembly observed a moment of silence for recently departed psychopathic totalitarian dictator Kim Jong-Il of North Korea today. MSNBC reports:
Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, president of the 193-nation General Assembly, saying he was following existing practice, led the moment of silence before an assembly meeting at 3 p.m. EST.
He offered condolences to the people of North Korea.
North Korea’s U.N. mission made a similar request to the U.N. Security Council, though Western diplomats said it was rejected.
“We didn’t think it would be appropriate,” a diplomat told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
Several Western diplomats said Pyongyang’s request for Kim to be honored was highly unusual. They voiced surprise that Nassir had granted it and added that their delegations would most likely boycott the moment of silence in the assembly.
North Korea is still officially under Security Council sanction for Kim’s habit of blowing billions on nuclear weapons while his people starve. At least 200,000 North Koreans are rotting in political dungeons, many of them suffering brutal tortures, and not the kind that involve wet towels on the face. Kim Jong-Il reached outside his borders to kill and kidnap South Koreans, Japanese, and others. He’s brought the world to the brink of Armageddon repeatedly.
The only “moment of silence” it would be appropriate to observe in the name of Kim Jong-Il would be the one following the permanent shutdown of the United Nations circus. Once again, the concessions made to allow barbarians and dictators into the great “parliament of mankind” corrupt it beyond recognition. An ostensibly noble effort in international outreach is twisted into an absurdist nightmare because it feels obliged to take a horror show like North Korea seriously, and treat its abusive dictator as some sort of mighty statesman whose passage leaves the world poorer.
Instead, he should be treated as the obscene monster he was, and denounced with every breath taken by civilized men, while the moments of silence are reserved for his victims.