"The level of reverence for Kim Jong Il in North Korea is quite underestimated by the outside," Park said. "He is regarded by many as not only a superior leader but a decent person, a man of high morality. Whether that's accurate is not important if you want to deal with North Korea. You have to understand their belief system. Perception is reality."
I don't know much about Kim Jong Il, but if the above is true, this is the most fascinating part.
The guy was apparently one of the worst dictators ever, yet somehow conjured it so that the people of North Korea revered him even as he was nearly literally starving them.