North Korea: Because a bullet to the head is so plebian

Posted by: Phineas on November 4, 2012 at 12:11 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Daddy’s little psychopath

Hey, when you’re Beloved Leader God-King of the world’s largest prison camp masquerading as a nation and you want someone dead, you don’t do it the way just anyone would. That would be too… common. Beneath you. Nope, when you decide to whack a minister as a lesson to others, you do it in a way everyone will notice:

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.”

The execution of Kim Chol is just one example of a purge of members of the North Korean military or party who threatened the fledgling regime of Kim Jong-un.

Other examples here and here.

via Moe Lane

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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8 Responses to “North Korea: Because a bullet to the head is so plebian”


  1. Dana says:

    It’s kind of hard to feel much sympathy for the guy; he was, after all, a senior partner in the oppressive North Korean system. Live by the purge, die by the purge!

    That said, it does take some courage to just stand there, on the spot, awaiting your execution.

  2. Dana says:

    Nor could this have been unexpected. In every autocratic system, from the Roman Empire forward, we know that when the king or dictator or whatever he styles himself to be is replaced, even though normal, dynastic succession, the people closest to the departed ruler are going to be replaced, and a peaceful retirement is rarely the way it happens.

  3. Dorothy Palmer says:

    One has to imagine that the murder of an infant drawn from a womb after eight months of gestation– which is okay with the black jesus- is similar to the murder that so pleases KimJong-un. Quite frankly, I see no difference in the two approaches. This is why the black jesus must be terminated, among many other reasons.

  4. Sefton says:

    He should execute his barber in like fashion.

  5. Drew the Infidel says:

    “Out, damned spot! out, I say!”–Lady Macbeth

  6. Tex says:

    Nothing yet on the condemnation thing from Amnesty International on this type of inhumane treatment by North Korea. But hey, they have a big spread on their website condemning the state of Texas for executing their 250th murderer under the governorship of Rick Perry and another big spread condemning the U.S. government for using drones to kill Islamic terrorists as being inhumane.

    Good thing you got your priorities straight Amnesty International!

  7. EBL says:

    Don’t give Axelrod any ideas!

  8. Toby Fordiga says:

    If only south korea was stronger and we could trust the chinese or japanese to do the right thing. They dont have a lot of friends in the area do they?