Dear Readers: A little history for my history fans today. Watching the news unfold about the dramatic amounts of grief being shown by the North Koreans at the death of Kim Jong Il reminded me of the 1827 death of Nandi, mother of Zulu warrior Shaka Zulu. Some background:
After giving birth to her illegitimate son, Nandi spent many hard years being shuffled back and forth between the Zulus and her own tribe. During that time she also had to protect her son from famine, assassination attempts, and his own destructive temper.
When his influential mother died, the South African equivalent of Alexander the Great became ever more deranged that he already was. Blog Badass of the Week explains:
Shaka was, first and foremost, a military asskicker. He preferred to charge head-first into battle at the front of his men, decked out in a presumably-awesome-looking uniform made from blue monkey fur (!), and was always more comfortable fighting a war than administrating over the mundane bullshit of a kingdom. So, as a ruler, he was kind of a psychotic lunatic. Sure, he made diplomatic contact with the British and established some trade routes, but this guy generally preferred mass executions and public witch burnings (he claimed he could “smell” witches) to anything resembling agrarian reform or due process under the law. Perhaps the best demonstration of this is how Shaka completely flipped his shit after his mom died – the distraught ruler ordered a three-month period of mourning for all the Zulu people, in which no one was allowed to eat anything. Then he killed some cows so that the calves would know what it was like to lose a mother, and went around executing 7,000 people who “didn’t look sad enough”.
It seems the North Koreans have taken a page from Shaka’s psychotic lunatic approach to governance. If my child’s source of food, or his life, were dependent on my abilities to fake some tears, I would totally do it. The only thing more disgusting than have to see people pretend sadness at the death of a genocidal monster is the the UN global elites have given Kim Jung Il the honor of lowering the flag during the funeral.
The UN: You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.
If I were running for President, my one plank would be getting us OUT of the UN. In fact, I think if I announced for the GOP race, I may actually top the charts by Jan. 3rd — even as a Democrat — with this simple platform.