A month or so ago, there was a story, actually released by the North Korean government, that leader Kim Jong Un’s uncle and close advisor, Jang Song Thaek was executed for “attempting to overthrow the state.”
Then this week, a report came out of North Korea (known by some as the crazy Korea) that Jang and five of his aides were actually fed to 120 hunting hounds that had been starved for almost a week.
No matter whether it’s true or not, it begs the question: how does someone possibly invent something like this?
First off, if it’s not true, you have to wonder what someone was thinking when they put this story out there into the ether of the world. Sure, they probably legitimately wanted to discredit the North Korean leadership in any way they could. And they probably wanted to portray that leadership as mostly psychotic. So points for the mostly worthy goals behind this fake news story.
But then how do you sit down at your computer and spit out a story to a small Hong Kong newspaper (Wen Wei Po) claiming that Jang was stripped naked and placed in a cage with his five aides where it took an hour for them to be devoured entirely by the dogs. This easily was a creative writing project run amok, in the best possible sense of the phrase.
In the worst possible sense, it’s remarkably sick and disturbing.
So now let’s assume that this story is true: Kim did indeed order the execution sentence to be to throw Jang and his aides in a cage to be eaten by starving dogs.
How does this even happen? I’ve tried imagining a meeting where Kim has some of his advisers around, and he’s asking them for options on the “best” ways to execute his uncle, who has apparently turned against the state. Apparently, the rack, hanging, firing squad, leeches, and sitting through a five-hour Justin Bieber concert were not good enough, because, from the back of the room, from that one guy who never really talks in meetings, comes this little voice suggesting that they starve the hunting hounds for about a week, and then strip the condemned down and throw them in a cage with the dogs to be eaten alive.
“Brilliant!” Someone yells that, because it’s just so…um…I have no idea. But somehow, Kim takes this as the best idea of the bunch and someone quickly leaves another voice mail for Bieber telling him he won’t be needed after all.
But just as in the first case, how does something as dark, sick, and horrible as this even be born out of someone’s brain? I mean, it’s even worse than some torture imagined during a song in Monty Python and the Holy Grail:
He was not in the least bit scared to be mashed into a pulp Or to have his eyes gouged out and his elbows broken To have his kneecaps split and his body burned away And his limbs all hacked and mangled, brave Sir Robin His head smashed in and his heart cut out And his liver removed and his bowels unplugged And his nostrils raped and his bottom burnt off And his penis…
You can see the problem. I mean, it’s extremely likely that the execution didn’t go down in any way like what was described in the report. But the fact that someone would go to such lengths to come up with something so insanely sickening speaks to the depth that people actually actively hate and/or fear the North Korean leadership and want it to change. I can applaud them for the desire behind the report. But I can only fear what must be behind it and what might happen if that person or people were to somehow be a part of an overthrow and take power. We all should fear it.
See you tomorrow.