The thing that needs to happen is for an rather influential leader under him that can influence him towards developing a decent economy, an economy needs to develop before anything positive can happen, and it's not happening right now. Or if he's close minded, we might have to wait for him to die and hope his successor(Kim Jung Il Jr. doesn he have kid?) can do something radical and develop a decent economy. A revolution is HIGHLY unlikely as the uneducated(or brainwashed, whatever you want to call them) greatly outnumber the intellectuals that knows better(and it's not like citizens have guns or elections or anything). I also think foreign intervention like what we are doing in Iraq would be a horrible idea as nations like this tend to be VERY united, and even though it would still crumble easily against the US Army force, we've seen what determined natives can do to intruders, no matter the motif(Iraq again)
This is pretty much what happened in China(probably worse) around the cultural revolution. And Deng stepped up around the early 80 with some radical economic ideas that worked. And because of him, China is where it is at today. Mao is a very good military man and leader in general, but he wasn't terribly right on the economical end, had we go down his path economically, I bet you won't be buying a whole lot of Made in China merchandises in Wal-Mart and China in general wouldn't be too prosperous.
Kim has pretty much taken over since 1994 when his father died. And the 90s is pretty much a period of struggle for them, the USSR is gone and thus they've lost all support from the former communist giants. Also, their relationship with China went through a cold period in the 90s and the aid from China was at least reduced a bit I have to believe. There has been 2 huge flood during the 90s as well that didn't help the matter. Kim believes in self governing and self producing I think, which means little to no trading with other countries. You produce what you need would be the moto(sorta). And because of that they were pretty much closed out to the outside world. But he has opened up a bit recently concerning trades and that is a positive sign.
I can't speak for him but If I'm in his position, I'd be greatly threatened by the American's bullying way, say what you want about the recent war, but the fact is that if America wants to invade a country, it's going to do so, regardless of what the international community thinks about it. And as the Communist half of a country that was divided by the cold war, there's reason to think that Americans would try to do something to unite the whole of Korea(see Vietnamese war, see America's stance on Taiwan). And that's not good if I'm the leader of N.Korea. And to his credit, he thought up a reasonable and not impossible plan that would largely prevent that: the nuclear weapon. Sure, a lot of people probably starved because of it, but you have to admit Kim's in a safer place now with the nuclear weapon.
Well, that was a whole bunch of nothing. Personally I think China's economic boom was either 1)a miracle or 2)being at the right place at the right time and can't really be duplicated with North Korea. But you never know, maybe now that Kim Jung-Il feels safer about his position, he'll start thinking about building an economical system, I wouldn't underestimate the man, no matter how small or ugly you think he is
The guy is a smart dude.
Either way, I'm just glad China is where it is at in my life time and it's getting better every year.
edit: Surely some of these guys that looks brainwashed knows better and are only acting this way to protect themselves. But at this point, you really can tell them apart from the genuinely brainwashed.
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