It has been three years since the Great Leader Kim Jong Il passed away. The sorrow felt by the hearts of all progressive people on that terrible day is still fresh and raw, but we are comforted and led by the teachings and exemplary leadership of Comrade Kim Jong Il.
It is said that a man resembles his birthplace. If this is true, then there can be no doubt that Leader Kim Jong Il is the perfect image of Mount Paektu, its majesty reflecting his most treasured attributes. The calm peaceful lake is his eternal wisdom and its high peaks which reach up as if to touch the heavens are his nobility, unmatched by any man, living or dead.
No man, living or dead, has ever had a connection to his people like Leader Kim Jong Il. The Korean people rallied around his call and cherished his guidance and leadership. As the genuine and rightful successor to President Kim Il Sung, Leader Kim Jong Il throughout his life demonstrated a brilliant theoretical mind, a sharp political wit, and a clever talent for military affairs. No man was more patriotic than Leader Kim Jong Il, who devoted his entire body and soul to the betterment of his nation. He cared deeply with fatherly love for every single person in Korea and sought nothing more than the reunification of his nation and the independence of every Korean the world over.
Before the writings of Leader Kim Jong Il, no one had ever systematized a theory which addressed the fundamental attributes of man nor had anyone provided such a sublime elucidation of the intricacies of statesmanship in the modern era. We owe the brilliance of the Juche Idea to President Kim Il Sung as well as to Leader Kim Jong Il. Kim Il Sung talked about how much he appreciated and cherished the work of Leader Kim Jong Il in his work ‘For the Accomplishment of the Socialist Cause’:
“I put forward the Juche idea, which reflects the requirements of our revolution and the aspirations of the people in the new age of independence, and have led the revolution and construction, guided by this idea, but I have not given much thought to systematizing the principles of the Juche idea.
This task has been carried out splendidly by Comrade Kim Jong Il.
On the basis of his profound study of the basic principles and essence of the Juche idea, he defined our Party’s guiding ideology as the integral system of the idea, theory and method of Juche. He has also enriched the Juche idea with new principles and content to meet the requirements of our times and the development of the revolution and fully developed it in depth. In addition, he has worked energetically to equip our people with the Juche idea and give wide publicity to this idea abroad. He has thus ensured that the Juche idea is the revolutionary idea of the popular masses themselves in name as well as in fact. In other words, he has cultivated the Juche idea, the seed which I had planted in the soil of our people and developed, into a thriving crop and has gathered a rich harvest, so to speak.”
Throughout his life, Comrade Kim Jong Il mingled with the people and learned from them as well as taught them great life lessons. Without the guidance of the Leader Kim Jong Il, we would be lost in a storm, exploited and downtrodden. Without his guiding light, we would be nothing.
Thank you, Leader Kim Jong Il. We will forever hold your memory and accomplishments aloft and praise the brilliant nation you have left behind. We will forever defend your revolutionary achievements.
Rest in peace, Comrade.
[H/T] Prepared by Gordon Copeland “General Secretary” of the Korean Friendship Association USA