Monday, January 6, 2014

A Dog of a Story

A story has gone viral that North Korea’s (Dr) Kim Jong Un did not have his uncle executed by a firing squad, as is typical. 

Rather disgraced Jang Song Thaek was stripped naked, thrown in a cage and mauled by a ravenous pack of 120 hunting dogs that had been starved for five days. And Kim and 300 officials reportedly watched the blood-soaked hour-long production. 

North Korean soldiers with military dogs take part in drills in an unknown location, on April 06, 2013. Photo: KCNA/Reuters

The hearsay(?) started when a Beijing-linked Hong Kong newspaper, the Wen Wei Po – supposedly close to the North Korean leadership – ran the story and this was then picked up by Singapore’s The Straits Times on December 24, 2013 before it found its way to the Western media. 

Of course, there is no way to confirm the gruesome details of the super-villain-style execution – but it reads like a grisly script for a B-grade horror movie! 

Whether it is true or not, I don’t think it matters. If you have to die by someone’s hands, you don’t have much of a choice in terms of deciding how you wish to die! But we know that living conditions in North Korea caused untold suffering – even words like ‘grim’ and ‘harsh’ cannot begin to adequately describe life there. In that type of environment, perhaps dying would seem preferable to living. 

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