Looks like last week was a bad week for unbridled dictators, eh?
First came news that Pope Benedict is extremely ill. Insiders are whispering that the pontiff is "weaker than they've ever seen him," unable to interact with petitioners, no longer interacts with visiting Bishops, and uses a mobile devise to get to St. Peter's Basilica.
[A] decline has been noted as Benedict prepares for next weekend's grueling Christmas celebrations, which kick off two weeks of intense public appearances. And that raises questions about the future of the papacy given that Benedict himself has said popes should resign if they can't do the job.
[It] seems the daily grind of being pope - the audiences with visiting heads of state, the weekly public catechism lessons, the sessions with visiting bishops - has taken its toll. A spark is gone. He doesn't elaborate off-the-cuff much anymore, and some days he just seems wiped out.
Meanwhile, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il died over the weekend according to state-run media. His twenty-something son, Kim Jong Un, is the heir apparent.
A tearful broadcaster reported that Kim died due to "overwork" after "dedicating his life to the people."
Kim suffered "great mental and physical strain" while on a train during a "field guidance tour," North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency reported.
More specifically, the agency reported that Kim suffered a heart attack and couldn't be saved despite the use of "every possible first-aid measure."
I've got no sympathy whatsoever for either of them.