UN: Hey, who’s up for a moment of silence to honor a tyrant? and Jimmy Carter Sends Condolences to Kim Jong-un, According to North Korean Media

Ed Morrissey

Via The Right Scoop, here’s a heartwarming story from Turtle Bay that will have you saying “awww.”  Or perhaps, “errrr…” The UN General Assembly offered a moment of silence to honor a world leader that passed away this week — and it wasn’t Vaclav Havel:


The 66th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Thursday observed a minute’s silence to mourn the death of Kim Jong Il, leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, president of the 66th General Assembly session, asked the representatives of 193 UN member states attending a plenary session on economic and financial affairs to pay tribute to the late DPRK leader, who died on Dec. 17.

The move was at the request of the DPRK, said the president, and the one-minute silence was observed before the start of the plenary meeting of the General Assembly.

Canada wasn’t the only country to boycott the moment of silence, but the list was pathetically small, if distinguished…

…Earlier this week, I wrote that the committee that awards the Nobel Peace Prize should be ashamed that it gave that award to people like Barack Obama, Al Gore, and Yasser Arafat without ever honoring the man who brought down a tyranny without firing a bullet. This is even worse. The UN has repeatedly sanctioned North Korea for its pursuit of nuclear weapons, and the DPRK’s record of human rights under Kim Jong-il was among the worst not just of present day but in history

The complete article, with additional video, is at HotAir.com

Also: Jimmy Carter Sends Condolences to Kim Jong-un, According to North Korean Media

On the night Kim Jong-il’s death was reported, I wrote half-jokingly (or maybe quarter-jokingly) that Jimmy Carter had volunteered to lead a US delegation to the funeral. According to the state-run media in North Korea, Carter has done the next best thing

From Michael Ramirez:

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Related: Check Out These Twisted North Korean Propaganda Posters

These posters were released just months before Kim Jong Il died, and say a lot about the condition of the country to be inherited by his likely successor Kim Jong Un…

Read the whole thing…

Update: Reminders of the Horrors of Communism

…Havel wrote, “If the main pillar of the system is living a lie, then it is not surprising that the fundamental threat to it is living the truth.” I recommend Flynn’s moving tribute, “Reading Václav Havel from His Jail Cell,” in which he describes Havel’s strength, wisdom and courage.

Regarding Kim Jong-Il, he was the perfect embodiment of the lie that Havel sought successfully to expose. Why stop with the basic lie that described the economic system of the Soviet Union? The people pretend to work and the government pretends to pay them. Besides Kim’s utterly ridiculous fabrications, such as that the first time he went out to play golf, he shot 38 under par with 11 holes in one, the existence under his regime was utter depravity, and millions died because of his man-made famines. A good description of his combined madness and megalomania can be found in this Telegraph article titled “50 fascinating facts: Kim Jong-Il and North Korea.” And from 11Points a more or less humorous list of the “11 Craziest Kim Jong-Il Moments.”

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