On Thursday morning The Korean Central News Agency reported the execution of Jang Song Thaek, the second-most powerful man of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, long time mentor, and uncle to Kim Jong Un.
Jang was theatrically arrested and removed by military guards that previous Sunday on live television during a high party meeting. The official news source for North Korea reported that Jang was accused of corruption, drug use, womanizing, and gambling; treasonous offenses worthy of death. North Korea’s barbarous regime offers no testimony or right to a fair trial, no innocence until proven guilty, no right to an attorney, or jury of your peers.
KCNA described the once regent leader as: “despicable human scum, who was worse than a dog, [whom] perpetrated thrice-cursed acts of treachery in betrayal of such profound trust and warmest paternal love shown by the party and the leader for him.”
Jang was immediately labeled as a traitor and was further reported that he “perpetrated anti-party, counter-revolutionary factional acts in a bid to overthrow the leadership of [the] party and state and the socialist system.”
The disturbing news comes just two years after Kim Jung Un was deemed “dear leader” of North Korea, succeeding his father. This 30 year old ruler is evolving his dominance by consolidating his own power in reshaping the country.Kim Jung Un
Several defense ministers and army chiefs have recently been replaced and the Worker’s Party has asserted control over the Korean People’s Army. For the past 17 years North Korea was ruled by Kim Jong Il under the military-first rule known as Songun. The military’s strength was the country’s primary concern, above all other affairs, and would distribute national resources to the army first.
Kim Jong Un is revealing his insecurities as a leader, and in order for him to control his country and his destiny, he is attempting to take complete control over his subordinates and military. He had his own family member put to death claiming he had a “wild ambition to grab the supreme power of [his] party and state.” The stripling leader is unstable at best, not that his predecessors were any more desired, but Kim Jung Un confirms by his recent actions that he has something to prove. He wants to be feared. He wants to appear powerful. He wants to display to anyone listening that opposition is not tolerated, and the retribution is fatal. We as a country need to be afraid because he could easily direct his vexation towards the United States.
North Korea already conducted a nuclear test in February this year. They continue to conceal their nuclear weapons program by negating UN peace-talks, which should verify the probable ill intentions they have towards their own people, surrounding countries, and/or the United States.
Our government, including its allies need to approach these recent events as one would approach a game of chess; strategically, meticulously, and with no hesitation, before it’s too late.
NEWSslinger Contributor – Mike Stone