Sunday, October 28, 2012

Some light reading for hurricane shut-ins: North Korea executes General . . . with mortar round

This, I just had to post:

A North Korean army minister was executed with a mortar round for reportedly drinking and carousing during the official mourning period after Kim Jong-il's death. 
Kim Chol, vice minister of the army, was taken into custody earlier this year on the orders of Kim Jong-un, who assumed the leadership after the death of his father in December. 
On the orders of Kim Jong-un to leave "no trace of him behind, down to his hair," according to South Korean media, Kim Chol was forced to stand on a spot that had been zeroed in for a mortar round and "obliterated."
And then, I thought (more soberly), couldn't this be considered a low-tech drone killing ordered by an unaccountable chief executive against one of his own citizens without due process?

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