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Eesti Päevaleht - Estonia | 23/12/2011

Burial of Kim Jong-il grotesque

North Korea's ruler Kim Jong-il is to be buried on December 28. The elaborate ceremonies and  officially decreed public display of mourning bring back unpleasant memories for the daily Eesti Päevaleht: "As is usual in communist dictatorships, news of the death was kept secret for several days in North Korea. There's no rational reason for this, but once a society has grown accustomed to lies and cover-ups they simply become routine. ... The mourning ceremonies are pompous ostentation. Foreigners are not allowed to view the body of the 'beloved leader' but millions of Koreans are, who bewail their leader loudly in the city squares and factories. When Stalin's funeral took place in Moscow there wasn't a single flower to be had, leaving none for the composer Sergey Prokofiev, who died at the same time. No doubt North Korea will now also be plucked clean, and the grave of the 'dear' dictator will drown in a sea of flowers. Those who live grotesquely go grotesquely to their graves."

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