North Korea’s No. 2 Meets Horrible End

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The summary execution of North Korea's number two, Jang Song Thaek, bodes ill for world peace. With many countries acquiring Weapons of Mass Destruction it is time the world powers banded together for survival.

What a Way to Go!

Nelson Mandela left the world at the ripe old age of Ninety Five and was given a memorial that showed the world recognizes basic goodness and greatness in a person. He did his part and took a back seat for others to run with the baton. We saw another though lesser known but considered the number two in North Korea put away more like “off with his head” . The way he was dispatched shocked even China that has been a steadfast friend of North Korea and the one who was executed, Jang Song Thaek, was married to the aunt of present North Korean supremo, Kim Jong-Un.

Jang was labelled ‘worse than a dog”; that expression shocked me as dogs cannot be that bad! The exact nature of his crime is not very clear but the way he was put away could be bizarre by any standards. Normally lesser mortals are executed by firing squads. But Jang was no ordinary man. He was reported by Chinese media to have been stripped naked and thrown into a cage with five others. Then 120 hounds, starved for days, were set upon the hapless men and their ordeal lasted an hour!

China faces Conundrum

Jang was close to China and wanted North Korea to follow their big neighbor in opening up the economy. Imagine if had he been in cahoots with America; it could have been the turn of piranhas to devour him! Someone has fed Kim dreadful news for him to supervise the execution in person with his top people. Could it be a ploy to mislead him and he walked into a trap? Only time will tell.

This episode drives home poignantly that freedom is never served on a plate though it looks elementary and a basic right that many take for granted. Kim is a tyrant who inherited power from his father who got it from his father. If anyone close to him proved a threat it was more than enough reason to eliminate him and in the most brutal way possible as a lesson for others and in a manner to shock even China. China has been known to harvest human organs from those they execute – so that others may live! That brought outrage from human rights organizations from across the world.

If what is reported by China’s mouthpiece is true the world is in great danger. North Korea has told their missiles may not reach America but could reach China and therein lay the rub. If their close ally North Korea turns against them armed to their teeth with nuclear weapons China could well regret they have all along fed an enemy at their door step. North Korea has no friends other than China and that looks untenable now with their closest ally Jang put away.

Lessons Galore

1. If China learns the right lessons from this bitter turn of events they should take positive steps not to support those that could bite the hand it feeds. They are similarly propping up others in their neighborhood on the premise that another giant should be kept on leash. These power games should be history as those who they treat as friends could turn against them when the push comes to shove.

2. North Korean supremo has proved ruthless and should be fearing own shadow now, an unenviable situation not only for China but also for South Korea and Japan.

3. Big power rivalry using others as tools are backfiring. Many are acquiring Weapons of Mass Destruction. More are becoming a threat to world peace and any one despot can press the trigger to ignite a nuclear winter.

4. For the evil to be put in place the good should not dilly-dally. China will be more than willing now to play ball. In fact, they seemed to have got in touch with Russia about the L'Enfant terrible!

5. The vast majority of ordinary citizens can easily distinguish the good from evil and they do not want their leaders to flex their muscles to push the world to the brink. They want a hospitable world for the future generations and willing to pay reasonable price – at least leave a better place than what they inherited.

6. The evil is always alive and well and able to create more havoc by the day. Let the good band together to save the day!

The contrasts in the way two powerful persons departed are in stark contrast. Mandela was revered while alive and in death. We may not know much about Jang but we do know he did not deserve to die the way he did. The extremes of reality of our actions shock us but we should draw the right lessons so that we discharge our common karma. Countries like North Korea have weapons of mass destruction that will make what was used in Second World War look like a walk in the park! And they have leaders too to press the trigger without much thought and conscience. It is indeed sad if this incident is soon water under the bridge. The leaders have to wake up to reality and rise to the occasion; if not now, then when?

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author avatar M G Singh
28th Dec 2013 (#)

Those who rise the tiger are eaten by the tiger. Thats it Siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks Madan. You know who China is in cahoots with. They will get the same treatment from them too as the more they give, the more the other party will take and will want more and more in due time! siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks Mark for the star encouragement and moderation - siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
28th Dec 2013 (#)

oh dear...I think I can only ditto what Madan says above...once again siva you have pulled the stops out...well done

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Dec 2013 (#)

When I heard the news Carolina, I was in shock at the brutality of the act. Mind you he was number two in the leadership for decades to the present leader and his father. He was supposed to be the mentor to the young leader but he paid more than his life. His wife is the sister to the father of Kim Jong-un, the one who approved the brutal killing - siva

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
28th Dec 2013 (#)

I agree with the sentiments above. I confess I am not as informed about some events as I should be. I was unaware of this. But I am thinking the leaders in China must be very cautious now. It would not be good for them to extend a hand in friendship and then yank it away over any incident, no matter what. In some ways, it is better to remain aloof and keep one's options open than to make a position clear that one may have to detract from in the future.
Have leaders from other countries learned nothing from the US and its unforgivable use of the bomb on Japan? WMDs cannot be withdrawn once fired. I worry for our world.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Dec 2013 (#)

Earlier pictures showed Jang evicted from a meeting and another being led away after trial. Quite unusual as in closed societies like in North Korea they just disappear. Jang was the point man for North Korea to seek help from China for urgent food supplies. It seems he had personal business interests in some deals but to be put to death in such a way to shock even China is plainly going overboard. North Korean media which which has one view - like the boss who says everyone is entitled to "his" views - even stated Jang is not even fit to be buried in their soil!

China is one country even US depends on to keep North Korea under check. Now China has told Russia that their "protege" is out of control as their contact person is out of contact! When a person rules by threat and fear he accumulates sin by geometric progression and spirals towards his doom - Kim should be a desperate man having caused so much mental anguish to all around him. WMDs are like words, once fired we cannot take them back!

Thanks Phyl, I don't really pray but I do fear that the world is becoming a tinderbox with us not realizing the ticking bombs at many places. Kim has proved his mettle in a dangerous way and with his mentor put away he is a loose cannon - siva

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
28th Dec 2013 (#)

Interesting article.Thanks for shedding light.What shocks me is that we living in the 21st century but punishment in certain countries is still so horrible.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Dec 2013 (#)

With Mandela still living in my mind this episode was an anticlimax. One, the goodness touches the world and another the repugnant cruelty that leaves a bad taste in our mouths. It looks like the act of a very dangerous man to stoop to such levels of cruelty whatever the crime. Thanks Randhir for speaking out - siva

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author avatar snerfu
28th Dec 2013 (#)

Well put Mr Siva. Violence begets violence, some are slower in learning, others are quick to embrace peace.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks Snerfu, your words resonate with Mandela's - one has to be taught to hate while love comes naturally - we need to embrace the latter anytime and then keep smiling all the way right to the end and even beyond - siva

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
28th Dec 2013 (#)

we cannot have peace with war...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks Carolina. Self interest and preservation get priority over country's and all others' interests for despots. They don't stop at anything to survive and with so much baggage and skeletons in their cupboard the world is never safe. Kim could feel like a tiger cornered. Let us get our priorities right - siva

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author avatar Connie McKinney
28th Dec 2013 (#)

This is very scary and does not bode well for our world. Very disturbing. Thanks for another wise, well-reasoned post, Siva.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks Connie Frankly I was not keen to write on this as we are waiting to greet the New Year with hope and cheer. Then I thought we have to take all news in our stride to learn from them and react appropriately. We have to be ever prepared and be aware of the dangers inherent in the paths we take - siva

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
28th Dec 2013 (#)

we are suppose to have entered the age of enlightenment, and hopefully can see a brighter future ahead for everyone.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks Mark. It is indeed ironical that one person's writ runs in country with 25 million population. And that this reign started with his grandfather in 1948 - siva

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author avatar Mariah
28th Dec 2013 (#)

Horrific and brutal execution of this man ..overseen by his
'family'..evil and violent people.
Thank You Siva xx

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Dec 2013 (#)

Yes Mariah. And to think Seoul, the buzzling capital city of South Korea, is just 35 miles away North Korean border with a population of 10 million people! The world has to wake up as one as it is a ticking nuclear bomb - siva .

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author avatar Ptrikha
28th Dec 2013 (#)

Well we never know a few foolish and egoistical measures could spark a big war!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks Ptrikha, danger is ever present. Neighbors are under stress in Asia. There are many issues like China is looking hither and thither for energy. They lay claim to faraway places and at the doorstep of South East Asian countries blinded by rising energy needs. Europe was able to integrate and political ideology was not an issue. But In the Korean peninsula siblings have not met for decades due to North Korean intransigence. China propped up North Korea to stall South Korea and American influence in the region. Now they realize they have fed a tiger all along and as the saying goes, a tiger cannot change its stripes. Pride, ego and desperation blind reason. Progress has two sides and we should know how to manage change. There are people who think their God will take care of them better than others' are able to, so they are ready to take others along to prove their point! siva

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author avatar Ptrikha
30th Dec 2013 (#)

And South Korea is even under a bigger danger!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Dec 2013 (#)

When the despot can kill his own people at will It is time the world woke up to the real danger - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
29th Dec 2013 (#)

An act of barbarity that will shock most people. It IS time to the world to take notice. I will tweet this article. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks Kingwell for your kind support. We have to act in unison as North Korea is truly isolated now. They were used as a buffer by China against America, Japan and South Korea, but now they would have realized they were all along backing the wrong horse - siva

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author avatar vellur
29th Dec 2013 (#)

I do not know how humans can be so brutal. As you say leaders have to open their eyes and look around to see what is going on.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
29th Dec 2013 (#)

Cruelty knows no bounds for some. Kim could have been misled to cut off his own right hand and when he realizes the folly now, he will be like a tiger cornered. The world powers have to act in unison before a massive catastrophe - siva

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author avatar Teila
29th Dec 2013 (#)

Such cruelty is horrific, my heart goes out to those under this reign. I pray something changes.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Dec 2013 (#)

Thanks Teila. North Korea is ruled by one who is unpredictable like his father was. Kim Jong-un is thirty years old and is a real danger to world peace and the way he dispatched his uncle proves he will stop to nothing to hold on to power - siva

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
1st Jan 2014 (#)

I really enjoyed all of your posts this past 2013 and hope you continue doing it in this 2014, I wish you a Happy and a Prosperous New Year 2014, great job!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Jan 2014 (#)

Thank you Fern for your kind encouragement. I wish you too a very Happy New Year and looking forward to your support and reading yours in 2014 - siva

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author avatar Subra
2nd Jan 2014 (#)

Dear Siva The brutality and horror of the recent execution should not blind us to the fact that we have seen only one side of the story! Western media reports as you know are invariably slanted. What really happened and why he was executed remains a mystery. I think there's more to it than meets the eye!

Whether North Korea has WMD is another issue - even some big Western powers have them.

Well done dear Siva

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Jan 2014 (#)

What I wrote about was based on the news that appeared in the official media of their closest ally China, maybe, their only friend. China seems to have realized riding a tiger! I thought of sharing it as a parting shot from 2013 and highlighting the dangers inherent in this episode. If a person can stoop to such brutality, he may stop at nothing especially as Seoul, with a population of ten million, is a marathon run from North Korean borders. And North Korea has been threatening total annihilation of their brethren across the border. Let us hope barking dogs don't bite and also others prove responsible. Non proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction is the only way. Thanks again dear Subra for sharing your thoughts on the matter - siva

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author avatar Subra
2nd Jan 2014 (#)

WMD is a bogey scapegoat favourite of the West as we have seen with Iraq. They fooled the whole world into believing it, and now we know how untrue it was - Iraq has been decimated by them.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
2nd Jan 2014 (#)

Iraq did not have Weapons of Mass Destruction and Hans Blix, the head of UN monitoring Committee, was categorical that the US and Britain had no proof to back their claim. Obviously, the whole issue and ousting of Saddam Hussein was engineered by arms merchants and truth was a casualty and miscarriage of justice resulted. I do not know whether Iraqis are better off now - tyrants are still thriving! But Kim Jong-un looks dangerous indeed, more than a loose canon - he justified the killing of his uncle as removal of "factionalist scum" - siva

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author avatar Nadine May
7th Jan 2014 (#)

The whole world is truly poorer for the loss of the likes of Mandela, and yes it looks like it that tyrants are still thriving, but not for long.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Nadine for your comment. Let us learn the right lessons from the lives of people who are worth emulating. The good has to be on the look out all the time - siva

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author avatar shannonfarlouis
28th Jan 2014 (#)

Interesting read. Ninety-five is a ripe old age!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
28th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks Shannon for your comments - siva

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