Wednesday, August 19, 2009

RIP Kim Dae-jung

The former President of South Korea, Kim Dae-jung, died yesterday aged 85. He had received the Chinese curse: "May you live in interesting times." In the 1970s and 80s he fought hard to promote democracy in South Korea and survived five attempts on his life. In 1971 a 14 tonne truck forced his car off the road. Kim survived, injured. In 1973 South Korean intelligence agents kidnapped him from a hotel room in Tokyo and dragged him off into a boat with the intention of drowning him. He was saved by the CIA arriving by plane, an act which Kim, a devout Catholic, described as the intervention of Christ. He became President in 1998 and is best known for the introduction of the Sunshine Policy: engaging with North Korea. Here's a photo of him with Kim Jong-il, the Dear Leader of North Korea.


Blogger Elise said...

Hello, I just wanted to stop by and leave you a comment to say how much I've enjoyed reading your blog today. You posts are excellent and your pictures, well, they perfectly match your writing.

Best wishes & thank you for sharing them...

4:16 pm  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

He lived to a ripe old age and almost had as many lives as a cat.

8:16 pm  
Blogger kinglear said...

CIA = Christ In Action??

9:36 pm  
Blogger Winchester whisperer said...

Hello and thank you, Elise

Welcome back Ellee!

Very good, KL!

7:27 am  
Blogger Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I didn't know there had been all those attempts on his life.

11:08 pm  

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