Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s new dictator, literally fed his top deputy to 120 starving dogs.
In a cage.
Along with five of the deputy’s assistants.
While the dictator and 300 of his frightened underlings watched for one hour.
Just to suppress any resistance to his new rule, and to underline the dictator’s hatred of his giant northern neighbor, China.
That’s the story painted by a report in a Chinese government-controlled newspaper, dubbed Wen Wei Po, according to an English-language report in a Singapore newspaper, the Straits Times.
But the story only appeared in one of many Chinese government-controlled outlets, and contradicts earlier reports that the deputy was machine-gunned to death shortly after being pulled out of a meeting.
If the Chinese government newspaper report is repeated in the next few days, it would suggest that China’s government is furious at the Korean dictator’s cruel murder of his former top deputy, Jang Song Thaek.
That’s important, because China has been North Korea’s main ally since the Soviet Union collapsed in 1989. If China is hostile to North Korea, it may finally agree to work with the United States to block North Korea’s further development and sale of rockets and nukes.
Thaek had been responsible for managing North Korea’s critical trade with China.
North Korea’s primitive, state-run economy trades timber, coal and precious metals to China in exchange for vital supplies, such as electronics, rocket technology and currency for use in other countries.
But the dictator is so determined to continue the country’s policy of economic autonomy and autarky, dubbed “juche,” that he killed his China-trading deputy.
The North Korea’s left-wing regime controls everything in the country. It goes so far beyond progressivism, Italian fascism, Islamic sharia, Soviet communism or Nazi national socialism that it deems foreigners to be unhealthy and diseased because they’re not Korean.
The murder by dog is a traditional form of executives reserved for the most reviled of state enemies. It is called “quan jue.”
In Korea and China, dogs aren’t treated with same respect that they get from civilized people in the West. Instead, they’re slaughtered and eaten in restaurants and other public places.
Now that China’s main link to North Korea has been fed to the dogs, literally or metaphorically, China’s government has ramped up its criticism of North Korea’s unstable and cruel government.
That new hostility is good for the United States, because North Korea is developing rockets and nuclear weapons. China’s hostility might result in a joint U.S-China effort to isolate and crash North Korea’s government.
But the Northern Korean government won’t go easily.
The extended families of the dead officials may have been sent to concentration camps, where most will die over the next few months and years.
In the 1990s, North Korea’s government let more than a million people die of starvation rather than let Westerners distribute food aid throughout the country. In 1949, it joined with the Soviet Union to attack South Korea. The southern neighbor was saved by U.S., British, and Australian forces. Roughly 36,500 Americans were killed while saving southern Korea, which is now a prosperous, high-tech, democratic U.S. ally with a population of 50 million.