Kim Jong Il, the cherub-faced "Dear Leader" of North Korea is currently in the news for all the wrong reasons.Most of the world, including Americans, probably regard him as a glum, irritable dictator who goes around shouting "off with his head" to unfortunates who rub him the the wrong way. Well, he probably is irritable and nasty, but far from glum. Turns out, the Dear Leader is quite a swinger.
CNN report says the 65-yearold dictator had quite a reputation as a ''partying playboy as a young man and reportedly still has an eye for the ladies'' while a BBC article talks of ''consistent rumours of young women being kidnapped in Japan and elsewhere to be his companions in a string of luxury villas''. The CNN report quotes a former CIA profiler, as saying, ''He recruited attractive young girls of junior high school age to take part in 'Joy Brigades', whose function was to help relax his senior officials." The women, referred to as Gippumjo (for joy), are further divided into different categories: Manjokjo (those who give sexual pleasure), Haengbokjo (massages), and Gamujo (who perform half-naked). Wow, talk about specialization.
The report also quotes a Russian official Konstantin Pulikovsky, who accompanied Kim on a train journey across Russia, as saying that live lobsters and roasted donkey — the Communist leader's favourite food — were flown out.
In 2002, Time magazine got a former long-time bodyguard of the leader to grant an interview. The bodyguard Lee Young Kuk said he could hardly forget the scene when he first saw his boss in a private indoor swimming pool. The report describes the scene: ''Kim Jong Il, North Korea's current leader, in a bathing cap, splashing around in a seven-storey pleasure palace equipped with bar, karaoke machine, a mini-movie theatre — everything a Dear Leader could want. Lee also offers a revealing insider's account of Kim's parties.
The article says, "Kim's real partying took place at one of his two residences in Pyongyang, where he could drink, act the big shot and get close to pretty girls. Female dancers wore micro-minis and tank tops and the men gave them drinks if they performed well. The women did not drink too much but the men, including Kim, usually ended the evening trashed."
All this; and he still find time to make atom bombs. Go figure.