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Questions raised about reports of executions by hungry dogs in North Korea

There have been growing tensions between North Korea and South Korea along with its staunchest ally, the United States, for a long time. Recent reports that Kim Jong Un had his uncle executed by 120 hungry dogs by NBC news on Jan. 3, 2014 have only served to intensify fears that another war could erupt in Korea at anytime. This is all part of the scenario of politics of fear and associated hysteria. 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, according to a newspaper with close ties to China's ruling Communist Party.

South Korean people watch breaking news about the alleged dismissal of Jang Sung-Thaek, North korean leader Kim Jong-Un's uncle, who was later executed.
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North Korea’s state-run news agency reported that Jang Song Thaek, who had been considered Kim's second-in-command, was executed last month after he was found guilty of attempting to overthrow the state. In this official North Korean account it was not specified how Jang was put to death. Than reports surfaced in the Hong Kong based pro-Beijing newspaper Wen Wei Po that Jang and his five closest aides were thrown into a cage with 120 hunting hounds which had been starved for five days. It was said Kim and his brother Kim Jong Chol supervised the one-hour bloody ordeal along with 300 other officials. The newspaper said that Jang and the other aides were completely eaten up.

There is reason to be skeptical about this story of executions by starved dogs in North Korea, reports TIME. The stubborn isolation of North Korea makes it almost impossible for reporters to independently verify this type of claim. There are very few foreign reporters who have access to the country. Among those who do, such as the Associated Press, they are kept on a tight leash by North Korea's intelligence community. Other reports have said some of Jang’s associates were executed using antiaircraft guns while Jang himself was killed by more traditional methods.

State media in North Korea has painted a picture of Kim Jong Un’s late uncle as being “worse than a dog”. Jang was denounced as a “despicable political careerist and trickster” who was guilty of “thrice-cursed acts of treachery. ' Yet, the report about the executions in a dog cage may be a sign of the struggle between those in the Chinese Communist party who want to remain engaged with North Korea and those who would like to distance themselves from Kim's regime. It could be all propaganda coming from China of all places. This report may also have been an attempt to flare up tensions between North Korea and South Korea and the United States.

Executions always shake people up and some people across the United States have war fever in their eyes simply upon hearing this word coming out of North Korea. Yet, the United States has been executing a lot of people in recent years. In fact, Texas, where two contemporary American presidents, the Bushs, are from, stands in the forefront of executions in America. Are the trials any fairer in Texas and elsewhere than in North Korea? Well, not usually in a society where only big money can buy heavy duty legal defenses and where the poor guy usually takes a fall for the crimes of the wealthy and powerful.

Furthermore, big business, the psychiatrists, the courts, the lawmakers, and even the American presidents, including Obama, have been squeezing more and more decent people out of work and forcing them into poverty and homelessness. This often occurs in America's so called democratic society because these people did not give blind support to a corrupt and brutal system of rampant injustices.

In fact just cursing the American presidents over failed policies can get sane activists lifetime labels of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder by the nation's psychiatrists, who work for the government, in their private court rooms. These labels are associated with damaging stigmatization, drugging with poisons that cripple people, forced social isolation, beatings by the police and psychiatrists, incarcerations in mental hospitals and jails, both of which are actually concentration camps, blacklists, forced poverty, homelessness, rapes and murder.

Right at this moment the streets scenes of gangs of well armed human beings beating other people and their families forced into homelessness half to death, raping them , and knifing and shooting them, are no more unpleasant than scenes of human beings being eaten by starved dogs in a cage. And here in the United States we know for certain the forced homelessness, starvation, beatings, rapes and murders are really happening around the clock.

As a matter of fact lethal injections, gas chambers and electric chairs, which are the modern day mainstays of legalized American executions, are also not very pretty sights. And so even though it's really sad to hear of the executions in North Korea, and sadder to hear they may have been bloody affairs, the United States still does not have a morale high ground to stand on in dealing with such matters. It's simply a sad time for Koreans and Americans, and yet war is still not justified under these circumstances.

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