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13-12-2013, 11:04 AM
Execution of Jang Song Taek could open the door for a more bloody regime
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Quote:North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's highly scripted execution of his uncle makes one thing abundantly clear: Two years after taking power, the training wheels are now off for the world's youngest head of state. He truly is his grandfather's son.
Kim's uncle by marriage, Jang Song Taek, was executed Thursday for treason, the country's state-run news service said in a dramatic announcement which characterized him as "despicable human scum." He had also been accused of corruption, womanizing, gambling and taking drugs.
Rampant theories began circling immediately, chief among them the speculation that it was the start or end of a power struggle within the hermit kingdom.
Ultimately Jang's extremely public removal was an anachronism – a throwback to the lethal, high-level purges conducted in the 1950s by his grandfather and the nation's founder, Kim Il Sung.
In the years that followed, though, top officials in North Korea soon found themselves privy to an unspoken pact with their leader: Make it to the highest levels of power and while you may be purged for your transgressions, seldom will you be executed.
"Historically North Korea was unique in one regard: It was a Stalinist dictatorship where high-level officials were seldom killed," North Korea expert and Kookmin University professor Dr. Andrei Lankov said Friday. "If you look at the history of North Korea after 1960, you will discover that if you were lucky to belong to the top 100, you were generally secure physically."

This could mark the beginning a very bloody period if Kim Jong Un is going to replace all the old Guard.

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13-12-2013, 11:07 AM
RE: Execution of Jang Song Taek could open the door for a more bloody regime
(13-12-2013 11:04 AM)Revenant77x Wrote:  http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/...l-era?lite

Quote:North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's highly scripted execution of his uncle makes one thing abundantly clear: Two years after taking power, the training wheels are now off for the world's youngest head of state. He truly is his grandfather's son.
Kim's uncle by marriage, Jang Song Taek, was executed Thursday for treason, the country's state-run news service said in a dramatic announcement which characterized him as "despicable human scum." He had also been accused of corruption, womanizing, gambling and taking drugs.
Rampant theories began circling immediately, chief among them the speculation that it was the start or end of a power struggle within the hermit kingdom.
Ultimately Jang's extremely public removal was an anachronism – a throwback to the lethal, high-level purges conducted in the 1950s by his grandfather and the nation's founder, Kim Il Sung.
In the years that followed, though, top officials in North Korea soon found themselves privy to an unspoken pact with their leader: Make it to the highest levels of power and while you may be purged for your transgressions, seldom will you be executed.
"Historically North Korea was unique in one regard: It was a Stalinist dictatorship where high-level officials were seldom killed," North Korea expert and Kookmin University professor Dr. Andrei Lankov said Friday. "If you look at the history of North Korea after 1960, you will discover that if you were lucky to belong to the top 100, you were generally secure physically."

This could mark the beginning a very bloody period if Kim Jong Un is going to replace all the old Guard.

It's a strange place and hard to gauge but do you think he could go too far and cause some of the army to revolt?

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13-12-2013, 11:13 AM
RE: Execution of Jang Song Taek could open the door for a more bloody regime
(13-12-2013 11:07 AM)KidCharlemagne1962 Wrote:  
(13-12-2013 11:04 AM)Revenant77x Wrote:  http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/...l-era?lite


This could mark the beginning a very bloody period if Kim Jong Un is going to replace all the old Guard.

It's a strange place and hard to gauge but do you think he could go too far and cause some of the army to revolt?

It's hard to say really. I don't think he would make this move unless he was sure of his footing. As was mentioned in the article this is a very rare thing in NK they would purge people but if you were in the inner circles you wouldn't be killed. Maybe this is a one off event but only time will tell.

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13-12-2013, 11:21 AM
RE: Execution of Jang Song Taek could open the door for a more bloody regime
(13-12-2013 11:04 AM)Revenant77x Wrote:  http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/...l-era?lite

Quote:North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's highly scripted execution of his uncle makes one thing abundantly clear: Two years after taking power, the training wheels are now off for the world's youngest head of state. He truly is his grandfather's son.
Kim's uncle by marriage, Jang Song Taek, was executed Thursday for treason, the country's state-run news service said in a dramatic announcement which characterized him as "despicable human scum." He had also been accused of corruption, womanizing, gambling and taking drugs.
Rampant theories began circling immediately, chief among them the speculation that it was the start or end of a power struggle within the hermit kingdom.
Ultimately Jang's extremely public removal was an anachronism – a throwback to the lethal, high-level purges conducted in the 1950s by his grandfather and the nation's founder, Kim Il Sung.
In the years that followed, though, top officials in North Korea soon found themselves privy to an unspoken pact with their leader: Make it to the highest levels of power and while you may be purged for your transgressions, seldom will you be executed.
"Historically North Korea was unique in one regard: It was a Stalinist dictatorship where high-level officials were seldom killed," North Korea expert and Kookmin University professor Dr. Andrei Lankov said Friday. "If you look at the history of North Korea after 1960, you will discover that if you were lucky to belong to the top 100, you were generally secure physically."

This could mark the beginning a very bloody period if Kim Jong Un is going to replace all the old Guard.

I find North Korea fascinating. It is truly a country and a giant cult.


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13-12-2013, 11:23 AM
RE: Execution of Jang Song Taek could open the door for a more bloody regime
(13-12-2013 11:21 AM)Momsurroundedbyboys Wrote:  
(13-12-2013 11:04 AM)Revenant77x Wrote:  http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/...l-era?lite


This could mark the beginning a very bloody period if Kim Jong Un is going to replace all the old Guard.

I find North Korea fascinating. It is truly a country and a giant cult.

Hitchens had a great quote about NK "It is as if someone read 1984 and thought, "Yeah I could make that work.""

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13-12-2013, 11:25 AM
RE: Execution of Jang Song Taek could open the door for a more bloody regime
(13-12-2013 11:21 AM)Momsurroundedbyboys Wrote:  
(13-12-2013 11:04 AM)Revenant77x Wrote:  http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/...l-era?lite


This could mark the beginning a very bloody period if Kim Jong Un is going to replace all the old Guard.

I find North Korea fascinating. It is truly a country and a giant cult.

Hitch described it best. "It's like they gave Kim Jong Il a copy of 1984 and said can we make this work?"

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13-12-2013, 12:01 PM
RE: Execution of Jang Song Taek could open the door for a more bloody regime
Is it sad that I had to google 1984 to understand the jist of the joke?

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13-12-2013, 12:06 PM
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(13-12-2013 12:01 PM)djkamilo Wrote:  Is it sad that I had to google 1984 to understand the jist of the joke?

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13-12-2013, 12:11 PM
RE: Execution of Jang Song Taek could open the door for a more bloody regime
Here's the source for that Hitchens quote: North Korea, Slave State

"One tries to avoid cliché, and I did my best on a visit to this terrifying country in the year 2000, but George Orwell's 1984 was published at about the time that Kim Il Sung set up his system, and it really is as if he got hold of an early copy of the novel and used it as a blueprint. ('Hmmm … good book. Let's see if we can make it work.')"

It's scary to think of a country with nuclear weapons being run by a psychotic kid on a power trip. Shocking

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