Tuesday, August 08, 2006
There is only one thing worse thn a loon in full view, and that is one who is missing.
BellSouth - NEWS:
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Il hasn't appeared in public since his country test-fired missiles that drew international condemnation, leading to speculation of a possible sense of crisis inside the reclusive nation.
Kim attended a Russian art performance and visited a tire factory July 4, a day before the missile launches, and he hasn't appeared publicly since, according to South Korea's spy agency.
The North's propaganda machine hasn't reported on Kim's activities since the missile launches, but last week the country's official news agency said Kim sent a consolation message to ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
Kim usually visits military units a few times a month to bolster his 'songun,' or 'military-first,' policy that rewards the 1.1 million-member military with the country's scarce resources despite chronic food shortages.