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Quite a few people were pointing out that what we in the west watching the funeral saw as manufactured grief, out of fear of being shot, might indeed have been genuine.

That’s a whole new level of wrong, isn’t it?

- JuliaM on the Dear Leader.

One of the pleasures of blogging is getting comments that put into words vague thoughts you have that you haven’t been able to articulate. Yes, I think Julia is right. It is not fear as much as love, “genuine” love for him and that is deeply, staggeringly, almost incomprehensibly wrong. And that is why we see but we don’t understand because we can’t conceive of an entire nation with Stockholm syndrome.


  1. Tim Newman says:

    Without a doubt, most of the grief poured out by Russians on the death of Stalin was genuine. I’m not sure I’d extend that to Soviets, though.

  2. Tosh says:

    if you live in a shit country, where you cannot express any feeling for fear of being jailed, shot or exiled then the opportunity to let grief out for any cause is valid.

    it may well be many Norks believe the dear leader was a saint snatched from them but it may be some of the grief was just a way of letting out all the accumulated feelings that lie deep within.

    It’s possible too that going out and having a weep at the feet of a statue is just because it’s something to do on a grey Thursday or whatever. Makes a change from the usual, as it were.

  3. Angry Exile says:

    … we don’t understand because we can’t conceive of an entire nation with Stockholm syndrome.

    Stock personality cult stuff. The western version is X-Factor, sleb worship and helplines for teenagers when their favourite manufactured band splits up to pursue momentary solo careers. The important difference is that only one of them starves people to death.

  4. Woody says:

    Anybody remember the public reaction in the UK and other countries when Diana Spencer died ? If that kind of frenzied response is possible in relatively free and open societies then what we saw in North Korea is not at all surprising. I suspect many of those people genuinely fear for the future of their country.

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