Cruel and unusual: North Korea reportedly executed top official with anti-aircraft gun

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There are some stories that seem so bizarre you just can’t believe the veracity of the report. Then again, if it’s North Korea and Dennis Rodman’s BFF, the little pudgy fella with the whacked haircut, Kim Jong Un, anything is believable.

As the Washington Post reports, “North Korea’s equivalent of a defense minister has been executed by anti-aircraft gun for insubordination and treason —including for sleeping during a meeting in which Kim Jong Un was speaking, South Korea’s intelligence agency said Wednesday.”

Anti-aircraft gun?? Seriously?

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“The report, if true, would starkly illustrate the brutal extent to which the young North Korean leader is going to consolidate power. Gen. Hyon Yong Chol, held a variety of senior positions in North Korea’s military, most recently as chief of North Korea’s People’s Armed Forces, the No. 2 military position in the country. He was executed by firing squad at a Pyongyang military school in front of hundreds of people at the end of last month, officials from the National Intelligence Service told local reporters at a briefing in Seoul. An NIS spokesman confirmed to The Post that it believed Hyon had been executed.”

It cannot be debated that Kim Jung Un is certifiably nuts and completely unstable — and this is a country, North Korea, that does possess nuclear capacity. The question has to be posed if even China can rein in and control this thirty-something madman. I was stationed in South Korea back in 1995 in the Second Infantry Division and I have always believed that the day would come when North Korea would avoid imploding by exploding.

They’ve made a habit of international extortion by way of threats and belligerent actions – let’s not forget the artillery shelling of a South Korean island and the sinking of a South Korean naval vessel. The purpose has been to demand financial assistance and aid in order to maintain the regime’s hold and preclude an uprising.

“If true and verified, this latest execution is just another for the young leader going back to the end of 2013 when Kim Jong Un had his uncle and mentor, Jang Song Taek, executed on grounds he had disobeyed orders and worked in secret to build up his base of power. Since taking over the country ruled through a bizarre personality cult, Kim has ordered a series of reshuffles, purges and apparent executions as a way to consolidate his authority.”

The NIS believes, “He was definitely purged and reliable intelligence says he was executed publicly in front of hundreds of military officers,” Kim Gwang-lim, a South Korean lawmaker who was in the NIS briefing, told reporters afterwards, according to a transcript. “According to intelligence, Hyon was shot to death at Kangkun military school in Pyongyang,” another lawmaker, Lee Cheol-woo, added, saying that the execution showed that Kim operated a “reign of terror.”

There is however some evidence that Kim Jong Un has indeed created a horrific state of paranoia and truly a sadistic Stalinist rule. “The NIS last month told lawmakers that Kim Jong Un had ordered the execution of 15 other senior officials this year, some by machine gun, for offences ranging from corruption to watching South Korean soap operas. North Korean defectors have said recently that executions are being carried out in increasingly spectacular style — including with high-caliber artillery — to make an example of those who fall afoul of Kim’s monolithic system. A recent report from the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea contained satellite imagery apparently showing several people standing in front of antiaircraft machine guns at a military training area 13 miles north of Pyongyang in October last year.”

Here’s that satellite picture by the way. According to the Washington Post, “the antiaircraft guns in the picture appear to be six ZPU-4s, Soviet-made heavy weaponry first used during the Korean war. They are positioned about 100 feet from the standing figures. A few feet behind the antiaircraft guns, there appear to be a line of troops and/or equipment, the report notes, with buses and trucks at the site suggesting that people had been bused in to watch whatever was happening.”


Those of us who’ve ever come into contact with rabid dogs know there is only one recourse — put them down. Regardless of whether or not this recent execution can be substantiated, Kim Jong Un is a mad dog and the time is ticking down as to what will be the eventual fate of the Korean peninsula. We know that North Korea has been colluding with Syria and of course Iran — Mad Mullahs and Mad Dogs do not bode well for global security.

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