Världens knäppaste diktator fyller år idag.
Och inte tycks han få något besök från Svensk-koreanska föreningen. I vilket fall har något sådant inte nämnts av den statliga nyhetsförmedlingen. Festligheter av olika slag år i vilket fall tidningen full av, då det också varit traditionell februarihögtid. Några utdrag:
A national photo exhibition was opened to celebrate February 16, the birthday of Kim Jong Il.Om inte annat kan han ju fira att han sannolikt lyckats blåsa oss igen i det stora pokerspelet om kärnvapnen.
On display at the exhibition hall were at least 180 photos under such titles as "Jubilation in February" and "Among soldiers".
Among them are pictures entitled "The great leader Comrade Kim Jong Il calls on servicemen of the mission in Panmunjom" and "The great leader Comrade Kim Jong Il visits the Sinuiju Cosmetic Factory", which show the great personality of Kim Jong Il always going among the servicepersons and people to encourage them in the general march for the Songun revolution.
A performance was given by art squads of the Ministry of the People's Armed Forces at the April 25 House of Culture.
The performers staged mixed chorus "Jong Il Peak Greeting Spring," singing to the accompaniment of oungum "Snow-Covered Old Home" and other numbers fully representing the immense joy and happiness of all the servicepersons and people of having Supreme Commander Kim Jong Il in the van of the Songun revolution as he has made undying contributions to the country and people since he was born as the son of the guerrillas.
Also put on the stage were such numbers demonstrating the militant spirit of the revolutionary army as a poem and singing "For the Motherland" and chorus "All Servicepersons and People Will Become Human Bullets and Bombs."
The speakers profoundly explained the imperishable feats performed by Kim Jong Il for the times and history, noting that his birth was a great auspicious event which opened a bright prospect before the continuity of the Juche revolutionary cause and accomplishment of the human cause of independence.
They said Kim Jong Il, genius of thought and theory, scientifically formulated the revolutionary idea of President Kim Il Sung and steadily developed it in depth to meet the demand of the developing revolution, thus clearly indicating the road ahead of the times and humankind.
An enlarged version of "Short Biography of Great Leader Comrade Kim Jong Il" edited by the History Institute of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea was published by the Workers' Party of Korea Publishing House.
The 11th Kimjongilia Festival was opened here. Exhibited in the venue of the festival are more than 25,000 potted Kimjongilias cultivated by the military organs, commissions and ministries of the Cabinet and national institutions and other institutions and industrial establishments, servicepersons and people from all walks of life and school youth and children.