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Bridget Johnson


December 24, 2013 - 5:09 am

Apparently Kim Jong-un’s hangovers include waking to find he had people executed, according to a report in the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun:

The Yomiuri cited a source that claimed Ri Ryong-ha, the first deputy director of the administrative department of North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party, and Jang Su-gil, a deputy director of the department, were executed because they did not immediately follow an order by Kim to hand over their control of a profitable business to the military.

The newspaper said when Kim made the order, Ri and Jang responded that they first had to report to director Jang – the man in charge of the administrative department – which made the young leader “upset.”

When Kim ordered the execution of the two aides, he was “very drunk,” the source told the Yomiuri.

After they were executed in late November, the leader ordered additional purges of Jang’s aides, the newspaper said.

“Those who were close [to the two aides] were surprised by their execution, and made phone calls to their friends living abroad, and the South Korean government [spy agency] wiretapped their phone conversations,” the newspaper said. “The South Korean government then concluded that the purge of Jang Song-thaek was inevitable, based on the testimony of people involved with the case.”

The Japanese paper said at least eight people from Jang’s circle were executed.

The roundup of people connected to his executed uncle Jang Song-Thaek is said to number in the hundreds. Under North Korea’s guilt by association laws, they face either a prison camp or execution.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Is anyone a bit nervous about having a despotic leader acting like a two year old in a rage with a drunken finger on the big red nuke button? Those aren't Tonka toys he's got under his thumb.

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You shouldn't refer to Obama that way! That's...racist or sumthin'.
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Mystery solved. Kim Jong-Un is a raging alcoholic, with an alcoholic's need to abuse power and torment the people around him. Alcoholics with absolute power commit absolute evil.

Check out the Josef Stalin chapter in "The Secret History of Alcoholism" by James Graham. Far more frightening than the laundry list of writers, actors, artists, spies and serial killers who were drunken, abusive megalomaniacs were the ones who got their hands on power. That includes a laundry list of some of our more notorious politicians (Joe McCarthy, Huey Long, Uncle Teddy).

Joe Stalin's mass murders simply made no sense whatsoever. Paranoia won't account for it. He committed his worst crimes when he was most securely on his throne and had already killed off his enemies. The raging hostility needs an endless parade of victims.

We're in Caligula/Nero territory now. If the Inner Circle and the Praetorian Guard realize that nobody is safe from this capricious monster they will have to take him out before he takes them out.
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Big Head has forgotten one of the basic rules of despotism. You must curb your impulses to murder your underlings and your family members so that you don't appear to be completely psychopathic and unpredictable. If those funny little men in the grey uniforms and goofy hats, with 20 rows of phony medals get it in their heads that you might kill them at random too, well you might just wake up from your latest debauchery dead, with a bullet in your head.

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