A Year In The Fabulous Life Of Kim Jong-Un, In Pictures

As the November attacks in Paris and the downing of a Russian passenger jet over the Sinai Peninsula vividly demonstrate, we live in a dangerous world. 

Indeed, these are trying times for civilized society as countries across the globe struggle to comprehend the phenomenon that is Islamic State whose atrocities have reminded us all that man is capable of committing unspeakable acts of violence. 

But by focusing squarely on ISIS or on other jihadists inspired by radical Islam, we risk forgetting about the most dangerous man on the planet, whose evil knows no bounds and whose military genius is rivaled only by the likes of Napoleon: 

To be sure, Kim Jong Un did his best to stay in the spotlight this year in a geopolitical environment dominated by the global proxy conflicts in Syria, Ukraine, Iraq, and Yemen. 

For instance, the young Supreme Leader nearly restarted the Korean War back in August when the North took a pot shot at a South Korean loudspeaker that was blaring propaganda across the DMZ.

Kim also threatened to invade the US mainland on at least one occasion and reiterated that the North is prepared to use "weapons unknown to the world."

Oh, and he executed defense minister Hyon Yong Chol with an anti-aircraft gun for falling asleep at an official event: 

And so, because we know everyone is wondering what Kim is up to now that the more "pressing" matters of international security have pushed Pyongyang to the backburner, we present the following 2015 Kim Jong Un photo album courtesy of Reuters:

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un greets North Korea's female soccer team as they arrive at Pyongyang International Airport on Monday after winning the 2015 EAFF East Asian Cup, in this photo released August 10, 2015

Kim Jong Un provides field guidance to the Wonsan Baby Home and Orphanage in the run-up to a ceremony for their completion, in this photo released June 2, 2015.

Kim Jong Un views the dawn from the summit of Mt Paektu April 18, 2015

Kim Jong Un attends the 3rd Meeting of Activists in Fisheries under the Korean People's Army (KPA) in this photo released December 29, 2015.

Kim Jong Un visits Farm No. 1116, under KPA (Korean People's Army) Unit 810, in this photo released June 1, 2015.

Kim Jong Un has a photo session with participants in the second meeting of KPA logistic personnel in this photo 


Kim Jong Un guides artillery fire and landing exercises in this photo released February 21, 2015

Kim Jong Un visits the January 18 General Machinery Plant in this photo released December 20, 2015

Kim Jong Un gives field guidance to the Taedonggang Combined Fruit Farm in this photo released August 19, 2015. 

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