Is all of this mourning in North Korea real?  Watching state television out of the secretive nation and it seems as if the population is overwhelmed with grief.  This should be taken with a MASSIVE grain of salt.  The mourners are all residents of Pyongyang, which is filled mostly with Kim loyalists.  If state TV cameras were to go outside the capital the images would be much different.  Also keep in mind that many of the people crying for Kim Jong-il have known nothing but the Kim family as rulers.  Bradley K. Martin has a great piece in Global Post describing many of the scenes we are seeing out of the hermit kingdom.

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