Skip to comments.North Korean Emperor wages bloody purges
Posted on 01/27/2014 6:39:15 AM PST by armydawg505
North Korea ruler Kim Jong-un has reportedly ordered that all blood relatives of his executed uncle be put to death, continuing an apparent purge of all he sees as threats to his reign.
South Korea's Yonhap News Agency, citing multiple sources, reported Sunday that "extensive executions" of relatives of Jang Song-thaek had been carried out.
"All relatives of Jang have been put to death, including even children," one source told Yonhap. Among those reported dead were Jang's sister Jang Kye-sun, her husband and Pyongyang's ambassador to Cuba, Jon Yong-jin, and the North Korean ambassador to Malaysia, Jang Yong-chol, a nephew of Jang, as well as his two sons.
In addition, Yonhap reported that the sons, daughters, and grandchildren of Jang's two brothers were executed as well.
Jang Song-theak, an uncle of Kim Jong-un by marriage, held some of the most powerful positions in North Korea before he was arrested and put to death on December 12 of last year on charges of contemplating a military coup to overthrow the young dictator.
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“Kim Jong-un has reportedly ordered that all blood relatives of his executed uncle be put to death”
Would that not also include himself?
If it's not by a compassionate western civilization, it'll never be done.
I’m not so sure he got much of a western education...
The progressive, socialist paradise of North Korea. This is what our professors want.
I suppose no Family Reunions or a little Thanksgiving Meals. Well they got what they deserve for playing with the Devil. They supported it now it will kill them. Have no sorrow for them except for the babies. Looks like this Mini-me is becoming more evil than his grandpapa and papa.
This harmless looking little riceball is proving more dangerous than the fanged infant in “It’s Alive!”
Nope. The uncle executed was an uncle by marriage. The bloodbath is limited to uncle’s genetic relatives.
Murder everyone who can even remotely challenge you for the throne. Just like the paranoid kings and emperors of old.
Little Fat Boy is having a tantrum......
ROFL good one Elcid970 how true
F***ng sociopath nutcase.
The Game of Throne, North Korean style.
Historically, purges have occurred many times when political leadership changed. They tend toward any who might seem to be potential challengers in the future.
The resulting fear is how new leaders maintain power.
Swiss-educated like his brothers, Kim Jong-un avoided Western influences, returning home when not in school and dining out with the North Korean ambassador. From BBC
Ah, that makes sense.
I’m sure it was little different than our modern educational system provides.
Why millions of .40 caliber rounds again?
"I have a pen and a phone."
Like Cuomo, he said they were not welcomed in his state...
then he sicced the NK IRS on them
then he killed them
familiar pattern by tyrants
Prior to the modern era, depending on how paranoid the king or emperor was and/or the scale of the revolt, challenges to his rule were often met by the extermination of the kin of the challengers to different extents or systematic demotions for aristocrats, including a reduction in status to that of commoner or even slave. Kim is a king in all but name. In a way, it’s understandable. He is operating by medieval rules because his courtiers are quite possibly also operating by medieval rules. Wikipedia is a treasure trove for the amateur historian. If you examine the way in which kings and emperors were routinely used and discarded or killed by court officials, it’s pretty clear that they were right to be paranoid.
I love how in almost every picture there are uniformed people taking notes.
Especially true in Korea, which has a loonnngg history of incredibly vicious court factions fighting it out, with the losers and their families and supporters purged.
I find it extremely odd that western media never mention Korean history and its relevance to present-day North Korea. This regime is much more a revival of Korean precedents thousands of years old than it is of anything that can logically be called communist.
Come on. Hereditary infallible God-Kings, court faction fights, military rule over peasant serfs. What is specifically communist about any of that, other than the rhetoric?
The system is greatly more oppressive than past Korean governments, but that’s due to better modern tools allowing the system to function more efficiently, not anything inherent in the system itself.
Same is true of China, BTW. The present system bears a LOT more relationship to traditional China, with the Party standing in for the mandarins, than it does to anything logically based on Marxism.
The biggest difference is the absence for the last decade or so of anybody to fill the role of the Emperor. The problem with this is that the Emperor played a vital role in traditional Chinese society. Without a vigorous emperor the mandarins and eunuchs tended to become so corrupt they bankrupted the State. The emperor’s main role was to stomp on them every so often to keep them somewhat under control. We may be in the process of seeing what happens in a Chinese society without any emperor to rein in the officials.
They are taking notes precisely so that they can go on wearing those uniforms with all the gold braid & macaroni.
Of course, every word uttered by Dear Leader Riceball is sacred, so they must be captured for posterity.
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