Friday, October 26, 2012

Those Krazy Koreans (North, that is)

All I can say is Good Lord...

In an effort to consolidate his power in the wake of his father's death, and to strike at his internal enemies - real or imagined - North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has been eliminating high-ranking members of the North Korean military and intelligence services.  In some cases, the method of elimination has been rather... exotic.

Case in point:  Death by mortar round.
Kim Chol, vice minister of the army, was taken into custody earlier this year on the orders of Kim Jong-un, who assumed the leadership after the death of his father in December. On the orders of Kim Jong-un to leave "no trace of him behind, down to his hair," according to South Korean media, Kim Chol was forced to stand on a spot that had been zeroed in for a mortar round and "obliterated."

Apparently, the reason given for this bizarre execution was because Kim Chol was, "reportedly drinking and carousing during the official mourning period after Kim Jong-il's death."

Kind of makes you appreciate freedom just a little bit more, doesn't it?

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free... it expects what never was, and never will be."  -Thomas Jefferson

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