This is coolbert:
It cannot help to impress outsiders and in a bad way!
That display of public spectacle, mourning of a public nature as engaged in by the populace of North Korea. Mass hysteria almost of a nature as not found anywhere else in the world. It DOES make you wonder what is going on here. Is this for real - - or is it faked and an act - - or a combination somewhere in between!
Spectacle in the pejorative sense of the word.
"Spectacle - - 2. a thing or person seen, esp an unusual or ridiculous one: he makes a spectacle of himself"
"Amid NKorea mourning, vows to support new leader"
"PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — Mourning centers have been set up in towns and villages across North Korea in a stepped-up show of public grief Friday over the death of leader Kim Jong Il"
"Scenes of dramatic mass mourning have been a daily occurrence in Pyongyang since Kim's death was announced on Monday."
"By Friday, mourning stations had also been established in provincial, city and county seats, and at institutions and enterprises across the country."
Those persons NOT showing the necessary and obligatory degree of sadness and grief found to be suspect, their names placed on a list of those felt to be subversive, NOT dedicated to the cause, etc.?
And this in a nation with that enormous and well equipped 1 million army replete with nuclear weaponry! A nation where food shortages and famine are endemic, and now ruled by a roly-poly youngster with a well-developed double-chin. What is the rest of the world to think of all this?
"Dramatic mass mourning" of such a nature as was found in the Zulu kingdom during the time of Shaka Zulu? Shaka another military man perhaps mentally unstable also mandating enforced grieving "after the death of his mother Nandi"! An even cataclysmic event and hastening the assassination of Shaka, so terribly was the society as a whole traumatized!
"Shaka's erratic behavior after the death of his mother Nandi. According to Donald in this mourning period Shaka ordered that no crops should be planted during the following year, no milk (the basis of the Zulu diet at the time) was to be used, and any woman who became pregnant was to be killed along with her husband. At least 7,000 people who were deemed to be insufficiently grief-stricken were executed, though it wasn't restricted to humans, cows were slaughtered so that their calves would know what losing a mother felt like."
That North Korean "hermit kingdom" displaying a comportment NOT TO BE FOUND ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD? As it was during the time of Shaka so it is now during the time of Kim?