Two quotes I thought I'd share after finding out about this (and here of all places!). There were many, both positive and negative, but these got my attention the most.
"White House spokesman Jay Carney said "The President has been notified and we are in close touch with our allies in South Korea and Japan," and "We remain committed to stability on the Korean peninsula and to the freedom and security of our allies." Don Manzullo, chairman of the subcommittee on East Asia in the House of Representatives, the lower house of the United States Congress said "Kim Jong-Il was the epitome of evil, a dictator of the worst kind who ruled his country with an iron fist and dished out constant pain and misery to his people. We hope his passing will mark a new chapter for North Korea. This is an opportunity for North Korea to emerge from its cycle of oppression and walk down a new path toward democracy"."
"Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said, "Kim Jong-il will be remembered as the leader of a totalitarian regime who violated the basic rights of the North Korean people for nearly two decades. We hope his passing brings positive change allowing the people of North Korea to emerge from six decades of isolation, oppression and misery. ... At this critical juncture, we urge North Korea to close this sad chapter in its history and to work once more towards promoting both the well-being of its people and stability on the Korean peninsula.”
I know I'll probably catch flack from somebody for saying this, but I personally think the world's better off. After I get my paycheck, I'll be going out to eat in celebration.