If a man can be judged by the company he keeps while he lives then I would add that a man can also be judged by those who weep when he dies.
In the case of the recently departed Kim Jong-Il the only people shedding tears for him (apart from the North Koreans forced into publicly outgrieving their neighbors) are the world’s tyrants.
According to an article in The Guardian written by David Smith, their Africa correspondent, Cuba’s Raul Castro has declared three days of mourning with flags to be flown at half mast. Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez (who called Kim his “comrade”), Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega (Kim had congratulated him on his “re-election” last month) as well as Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe have all lamented Kim’s passing.
Indeed, a top official from Mugabe’s ZANU-PF described Kim as “a lovely man.” Given how Zimbabwe has emulated North Korean agricultural policy by going from a net exporter to a net importer of food, I doubt neither the sincerity nor the cruelty of those condolences.
If only Christopher Hitchens had lived long enough to write one more article about the absurdity of it all.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?