How Can He Be a Leader?

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"I want to apologize and it will never be allowed to happen again." Kim Jong Il said these words once, and he should be a man that has to say these words over and over again. He is a horrible dictator, and the worst leader in the world. He is the worst political figure in the world because of how he lives in luxury, his nuclear weapons program, and the restriction of rights on all the people of North Korea.

Kim Jong Il is a political tyrant because he lives in complete luxury compared to hundreds of thousands of people in his country living in complete poverty. Some people say that Kim owns seventeen different residences. Many of these homes are gigantic palaces. He eats gourmet foods every day, like lobster, caviar, and the most expensive types of sushi shipped in fresh from Japan solely for himself. He boasts the country's most superb wine cellar, which can hold up to 10 000 bottles.

It is said that every year, he buys Hennessy cognac. The total amount of all the cognac he purchases comes to $700 000. Kim is very fond of expensive cars, and races them at his palaces. He is a fan of such names as Mercedes, Cadillac, Volkswagen, Toyota, and Audi. Kim also owns a collection of 20 000 films. He especially loves "slasher" movies, like the "Friday the 13th" series. He also enjoys watching James Bond, Godzilla, and Elizabeth Taylor movies. Meanwhile, while he lives a lavish life, hundreds of thousands of people are living in poverty. Malnourishment is an immense problem, especially in children. The average North Korean 7-year-old boy is 8 inches shorter and more than 20 pounds lighter than the average 7-year-old South Korean boy. A vast number of people in North Korea have starved to death, and Kim Jong Il allows this to happen without caring. Since there is such a great famine, almost 300 000 North Korean people have escaped to China to get food. For being a selfish, heartless man, and letting his own people starve while he is living an over-the-top life, Kim Jong Il is the most awful dictator in the world.

Kim Jong Il is a horrible dictator because of his nuclear weapons program. North Korea is not even supposed to have a nuclear program due to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. He removed himself from this Treaty. Also, he himself even stated that he would rid the Korean Peninsula of nuclear weapons. Yet again, he lies to his people and to the world. In 1998, Kim Jong Il fired a test missile over Japan, making the countries surrounding North Korea feel threatened, as well as the United States. Recently, in 2006, the North Korean government announced that it had performed an underground test of their nuclear weapons. Kim Jong Il has reportedly promised to stop tests in the future, but it seems apparent that he cannot keep his promises. Kim Jong Il is the worst dictator in the world because of his nuclear weapons program, and his inability to keep promises.

Kim Jong Il is the most hated dictator in the world because he restricts the rights of most of his people. Only a select few, like government officials, have an easy life. Meanwhile, the rest of the population of North Korea is divided into "loyalty groups." One third of the people are a part of the "hostile class." These people are given the worst jobs and housing. Also, they cannot live in the capital city. Believe it or not, there are people even worse off than those in the "hostile class." These are the people detained in prison camps, with the main camp being "Camp 22." Many people are there because of crimes their family committed. At these camps, the guards violate the rights of these people. One thing they have allegedly done is murdering the children of inmates, so as to purge the population of "future" criminals. Apart from prison camps, Kim Jong Il has a system which recruits the most beautiful teenage girls to be sexual objects for Kim and his government officials. The girls are practically abducted and separated from their families. When they get into their 20's, the girls are married off the lower-class officials. Kim has let thousands of his people die of starvation as well. Finally, there are also spies who are there to seek out people who speak ill of Kim and his father. The television sets only receive government approved stations. The people of North Korea are shut out from what is going on in the rest of the world. A person should have the right to know what is happening outside of their country. For his horrible ability to not let people have the rights and freedoms they deserve, Kim Jong Il is the world's worst dictator.

In conclusion, because of his life of luxury, his nuclear weapons, and his restriction of human rights, Kim Jong Il is most definitely the worst dictator and tyrant in the world. He is a horrible man who does not care about the people of his own country. The man is clearly evil, and all should wish that one day, the people of North Korea will be freed from his "leadership."