From a fascinating slide show
at Foreign Policy. Above, Kim Il Sung visiting a school, looking more like an indulgent parent than a disciplinarian. The Kims have often been depicted as portly to emphasize their genial nature; foreign despots are often shown as skinny and mean. FP:
North Korean propaganda often associates the country's leaders with snow, a symbol of purity, and with carefree children, symbols of innocent spontaneity.
Kim Jong Il comforts a grieving nation after the death of his father Kim Il Sung in 1994; the gathering storm represents foreign threats to the nation.
The Dear Leader stands guard as the waves of a hostile world crash ineffectually against the rocks.
Kim was shown in North Korean media ceaselessly inspecting the nation's defenses, partly to excuse him from responsibility for the nation's economic disasters.
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