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Bridget Johnson

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January 3, 2014 - 8:23 am

First came the news that Kim Jong-un executed his uncle. Then he bragged about getting rid of the “scum” in his New Year’s message to the country. Now, the cause of death.

The Straits Times in Singapore published an account from Wen Wei Po, China’s official mouthpiece in Hong Kong, indicating that Beijing was none too pleased with the execution of Kim’s No. 2, Jang Song Thaek:

According to the report, unlike previous executions of political prisoners which were carried out by firing squads with machine guns, Jang was stripped naked and thrown into a cage, along with his five closest aides. Then 120 hounds, starved for three days, were allowed to prey on them until they were completely eaten up. This is called “quan jue”, or execution by dogs.

The report said the entire process lasted for an hour, with Mr Kim Jong Un, the supreme leader in North Korea, supervising it along with 300 senior officials.

The horrifying report vividly depicted the brutality of the young North Korean leader. The fact that it appeared in a Beijing- controlled newspaper showed that China no longer cares about its relations with the Kim regime.

Two days later, the Global Times, associated with the People’s Daily, a Chinese Communist Party organ, followed up with a sternly worded editorial saying that the abrupt political change epitomised the backwardness of the North Korean political system. It warned the Chinese government not to coddle North Korea any longer, saying that the majority of Chinese were extremely disgusted with the Kim regime.

The incendiary story, plus the stern editorial, provided a measure of the extent of Beijing’s loathing, which is quite understandable.

In purging a top official known for his close ties with Beijing in such a brutal manner, Pyongyang did not hide its antagonism towards China.

Incidentally, this was also a favorite execution method of Ivan the Terrible, who threw Prince Andrew Shuiksy, the leader of the boyars, to a pack of starved dogs in 1543 as an example to other Russian nobility.

Bridget Johnson is a career 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 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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Has anyone thought of a possible 'slight' deviation to this story?
They think of their prison camp inmates as 'Dogs' and simply threw 'Uncle' and his posse into the general population of some particular camp.
Much munching, belching and yummy, lip-smacking noises were heard for a time.[see: most any zombie movie]

...then a call went out for some dessert .................The End...........
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Was Rodman available for comment?
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Or maybe he didn't. If someone ("an account from Wen Wei Po, China’s official mouthpiece") wanted to demonize this dictator, beyond what he's already done to himself of course, they could make up a story like this. Or maybe the uncle was simply shot, and then this was made up to make himself look a little more baaad. "No no no, a simple bullet to the head just doesn't have enough drama!"
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Not really surprised. And not finding any sympathy for the "victim" either. Live with rabid dogs, get eaten by them.

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Then do Kim and his 300 senior officials eat the dogs? Sorry, yuck.
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The way this guy is acting, from this latest bit to his nuke and space aspirations, I'll bet he has a huge shark tank and a 7' tall bodyguard with metal teeth. And a white persian cat, of course, as well.
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I kind of expect depraved brutality from the scions of dictators. They were raised to be psychopaths. This is what should worry people (if true): "In purging a top official known for his close ties with Beijing in such a brutal manner, Pyongyang did not hide its antagonism towards China." China is the only thing propping up the NK government. How are they going to react and how destabilizing will it be?
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