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North Korea's Finest Hour

By Michael Hirsh, Politico - December 22, 2014

This is a glorious week indeed for Kim Jong Un’s dwindling little family business in Pyongyang. Finally, finally—to be taken seriously. To get people to pay attention and not laugh at the same time (not too much, anyway). The North Korean regime—which is to say three generations of Kims—has spent its entire, bizarre existence on earth trying to get people to notice them. And rarely succeeding, at least since the Korean War ended 61 years ago. It can hardly be an accident that the very thing that apparently set the young great-and-dear leader off this time was a movie that took him so unseriously it decided that the idea of his assassination was a terrific premise for a comedy.

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