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PostKim as Nero? (John Heelan, UK, 08/10/17 5:31 am)
There appear to be some parallels between Kim's reign and that of Nero (AD 54-AD 68).
Nero murdered relatives (mother and two wives). Kim killed his uncle and his family and allegedly more recently his half-brother. Perhaps he should learn from Nero's fate, as the Roman dictator eventually lost public support from food shortages and over-taxation as well as the trust of the military.
In AD 68, the Gallic and Spanish legions, along with the Praetorian Guards, rose against Nero and he fled Rome. The senate declared Nero a public enemy and to avoid assassination by the military, he attempted and botched suicide on AD 9 June 68.
JE comments: Ah, but does Lil' Kim play the violin? (I couldn't help myself with that one.)
The crucial element for Kim's survival is his continued control of the world's fourth-largest military. This I assume can only be achieved by fomenting paranoia, pitting one faction against another, and a purge from time to time.
I found this illustration, courtesy of artist Steve Vanderhorst.