Ding dong, Kim Jong-il is dead.
The North Korean dictator, who ruled the country for 17 years, reportedly suffered a heart attack Saturday morning and died at the age of 69.
Kim, who was a dastardly little man but had what can only be described as a striking sense of style, was known by the people of his country as “Dear Leader.” It’s a strange name, considering the tyrant was known for sending North Koreans who spoke out against him to prison camps.
Even more distressing than Kim’s death, however, is what might happen next on the Korean Peninsula. It’s been reported that the North has already fired missiles into South Korea, the neighbor with which the North has been at war for almost 60 years. And Kim’s successor? Assuming there’s no bloody power grab, it’s likely to be his twentysomething son Kim Jong-un, who only recently began tagging along on his father’s work assignments and being named to high-ranking military positions.