A newspaper in Beijing, China, with ties to the official Communist party is reporting that North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, has had his uncle (by marriage) and former second-in-command executed. That story, in and of itself, isn't too surprising. Kim Jong Un recently had an old girlfriend put to death. The little tyrant obviously knows how to end a relationship - permanently.
What makes the death of Kim's uncle hard to fathom is the method of execution. Uncle Jang Song Thaek and five of his close associates were, according to the Chinese news account, stripped naked and then thrown into a pit with one-hundred-and-twenty ravenous hunting hounds that had been starved for five days. Kim, his brother, and three hundred honored guests watched the feeding frenzy for an hour until the dinner guests were "completely eaten up."
The story sounds too bizarre to be true. Yes, it happened in a totalitarian setting where human rights never figure into anyone's calculations for anything - but who can believe that there are over a hundred dogs left in North Korea. Kim might have gotten more bang for his buck if he had used a hundred-and-twenty of his starving citizens instead.
Uncle Jang Song Thaek was found guilty in a North Korean court of trying to overthrow the government He was also accused of "corruption, womanizing, gambling, and taking drugs" and being "despicable human scum."
Just think how they might have reacted if Uncle Jang had shown up for work wearing a wedding gown! Dennis Rodman beware - your little buddy is out of control!