I'm sorry to have initially treated this most distressing account with sarcasm, Brandon. It kind of amazes me that no one else has picked it up.
I don't think there is deafening silence about it. I also don't know what we can do about it. With China, it's difficult to bite the hand that feeds you. Cuba, sixty years of embargo has done nothing. N. Korea is isolated, heavily armed, unstable and already under embargoes and threats? What exactly do you propose?
quote: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's powerful uncle was stripped naked, thrown into a cage, and eaten alive by a pack of ravenous dogs
neologist wrote:I'm sorry to have initially treated this most distressing account with sarcasm, Brandon. It kind of amazes me that no one else has picked it up.
It is rather interesting that there is simultaneously such condemnation of the US in certain quarters for cooperating with dictatorships in Latin America and such a free pass for Communist dictatorships in the worst sorts of behavior. China, Cuba, and North Korea are extreme abusers of human rights, and yet there is a deafening silence about it.
I had to laugh, thanks for the pic. Well, laugh may be an exaggeration, more of a smile.
Much of humanity including us has been cruel - I was reading Herodotus not long ago, stopped midway, and need to keep up with that - but this curdles my brain, given it's true.
I propose that all dictatorships be held equally responsible for their bad acts. If right wing dictatorships in South America or the Middle East are condemned for their repressive treatment of their people, then China, Cuba, and North Korea should also be condemned.
SEOUL (Reuters) - An international media frenzy over reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's uncle had been executed by throwing him to a pack of dogs appears to have originated as satire on a Chinese microblogging website.
Apparently a satire web article went mainstream.
First and foremost, consider the source. The story originated in a Hong Kong newspaper called Wen Wei Po, which makes the claim without citing a source. Also, a recent study found that, out of Hong Kong's 21 newspapers, Wen Wei Po ranks 19th for credibility.
Second, consider that the rest of the Chinese media have not touched this story in the almost-month since it came out. The remainder of the Chinese media have been sticking to the same story that everyone else has: that Jang was killed by either machine gun or anti-aircraft guns.
Third, South Korea's media also have not touched the story. "This story has hardly been picked up on by Korean media which is one reason to be suspicious," Chad O'Carroll, who edits the news site NKNews.org, said via email.