By Ray Starmann
Kim Jong-un, the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is a madman; a twisted, diabolical, murdering, circus act dwarf who is holding a nation of 25 million hostage, terrorizing a peninsula and threatening war with the world’s greatest superpower.
Kim Jong-un is the son of Kim Jong-il and the grandson of Kim Il-Sung, known as the Great Leader, the Founding Father of the police state Hades known as North Korea, who with the assistance of Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union, paved the way for a nation that has been a blight on the planet for nearly 70 years.
Kim Il-Sung born Kim Sŏng-ju (April 15, 1912 – July 8, 1994) was the supreme leader of North Korea, for 46 years, from its establishment in 1948 until his death in 1994. He held the posts of Prime Minister from 1948 to 1972 and President from 1972 to 1994. He was also the leader of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) from 1949 to 1994 (titled as chairman from 1949 to 1966 and as general secretary after 1966). Coming to power after the overthrow of Japanese rule in 1945, he authorized the invasion of South Korea in 1950 triggering a defense of South Korea by the United Nations led by the United States. A cease-fire in the Korean War was signed on July 27, 1953.
For seven decades the citizens in North Korea have been living like mushrooms, in a never ending darkness of fear, intimidation, starvation, imprisonment, torture and death; where every day is a continuous episode of The Prisoner, where every year is a journey into hell.
After the death of Kim Il-Sung, his son, Kim Jong-il officially ascended to power in 1997. The so-called Dear Leader was a reported alcoholic who was also addicted to movies, Elvis, porn and his harem of concubines. He reportedly flunked out of the East German Air Force’s flight school and was in dozens of car crashes.
While Kim Jong-il may have been artsy and a film connoisseur, he was just as much, if not more of a psychopath than his father. During his reign of terror from 1997-2011, over 200,000 North Koreans were imprisoned in the vast array of camps that have dotted the landscape of the country since its founding.
In an extensive personality evaluation of Kim Jong-il. The report, compiled by Frederick L. Coolidge and Daniel L. Segal (with the assistance of a South Korean psychiatrist considered an expert on Kim Jong-il’s behavior), concluded that the “big six” group of personality disorders shared by dictators Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Saddam Hussein (sadistic, paranoid, antisocial, narcissistic, schizoid and schizotypal) were also shared by Kim Jong-il – coinciding primarily with the profile of Saddam Hussein.
While the average North Korean lived on the edge of starvation, Kim Jong-il had amassed a $4 billion fortune that was conveniently tucked away in a myriad of overseas banks. His greatest contribution seems to be duping the Clinton administration into believing he had shunned his nuclear program, when in actuality, he had secretly pursued it, resulting in a nuclear armed North Korea today.
When he died in 2011, he was dubbed the Eternal Leader and power was slowly transferred to his youngest son.
Enter Kim Jong-un…
Labeled the Brilliant Comrade by his own propaganda establishment, Kim Jong-un is the de facto Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea and the supreme leader of North Korea. Educated secretly in Switzerland, Kim has a degree in physics and is obsessed with basketball.
As of 2015, Kim Jong-un had executed over 70 officials whom he deemed to be enemies of the state for various reasons. Some notable executions include the death of Ma Won-Chun, the designer of a new terminal in Pyongyang’s airport. Apparently, Kim was upset with the design and Won-Chun was fired, literally.
Among the most brutal executions was that of Hyon Yong-Chol, former military minister, who was sources claimed was shot to death using an anti-aircraft gun after falling asleep in a meeting. Other horrific executions ordered by Kim, include death by flamethrower and mortar rounds at close range.
In 2012, a shocked international press reported that a military officer was sentenced to death for drinking during the official mourning period for Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il. The method of execution was reportedly by short-range mortar firing squad. According to a source talking to South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo, it was ordered that “no trace of him [be left] behind, down to his hair.” The impact of the mortar thought to be used in North Korea can kill someone within a 17-yard diameter of its target.
Kim also ordered the death of a terrapin farmer near Pyongyang who was hauled away and shot after Kim took a dislike to his ‘defeatist’ attitude. According to reports, Kim became enraged after the farmer said he had been unable to breed any lobsters. Under the rule of Kim Jong-un, thousands more North Korean citizens have been executed who were imprisoned in the vast archipelago of re-education camps and political prisons, such as the notorious Hoeryong concentration camp, or Camp 22.
In fact, one of the many prisoners in Kim’s camps may very well be American Otto Warmbier, a 22 year old college student from Virginia who was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for stealing a poster during a church trip to the country.
If the executions above were not hideous enough, in February, Kim arranged for the death of his half- brother, Kim Jong-Nam in Malaysia. Kim Jong-Nam was apparently an outcast who had angered the Supreme Leader after attempting to enter Japan with a false passport in order to visit Disneyland. Kim Jong-Nam was murdered with VX persistent nerve gas by two women who wiped it on his face in the airport.
While the executions, torture and human rights violations coming out of North Korea are hideous, the greatest danger lies in the country’s nuclear weapons and missile programs.
Since 1994, it is estimated that North Korea has produced at least a dozen nuclear weapons, perhaps more. The following is a list of North Korean missile tests since 2012, which includes its recent medium range ballistic missile tests over the Sea of Japan.
- 2012 – Successful launch of the Kwangmyŏngsŏng-3 Unit 2satellite aboard a three stage rocket (December 12, 2012)
- 2013 North Korean missile tests(May 18-20, 2013 – part of 2013 Korean crisis)
- 2014 North Korean missile tests(March 2014) including Nodong, success
- 2015- North Korea claims to launch a missile from a submarine (May 2015)
- 2016 – Successful launch of the Kwangmyŏngsŏng-4satellite (Feb. 7, 2016)
- Test of engine designed for an intercontinental ballistic missile (April, 2016)
- North Korea claims to launch a missile capable of striking the United States(August 2016)
- 2017 – North Korea test-fired a Pukguksong-2missile over the Sea of Japan. This was the first launch of the new medium-range ballistic missile (Feb 11, 2017).
- North Korea launches four ballistic missiles from the Tongchang-rilaunch site in the northwest. Some flew 620 miles before falling into the Sea of Japan. (March 6, 2017)
- North Korea test-fired a medium-range ballistic missile from its eastern port of Sinpo into the Sea of Japan (April 4, 2017)
In March of 2016, Admiral Bill Gortney, head of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, told Congress, “It’s the prudent decision on my part to assume that [Kim Jong Un] has the capability to miniaturize a nuclear weapon and put it on an ICBM,” suggesting a major shift from a few years earlier.
A perfect storm is apparently brewing on the Korean Peninsula. North Korea is ruled by a leader who is just as psychopathic as his father, is certain to be completely out of touch with reality, and, who now, thanks to the Clinton administration’s bumbling and the complete cowardice of the Obama administration feels emboldened with new missile technology combined with the capabilities of his nuclear arsenal.
While Kim Il Sung and his son, Kim Jong-il were evil, power hungry, murdering villains; they seemed to have an understanding of how far they could push China, Japan, South Korea, America and the rest of the world. Their provocations were usually cries in the wilderness for shipments of coal, grain and other products. When the cargo shipments pulled into North Korean ports, the harsh rhetoric from Pyongyang magically disappeared…for a while.
Such is not the case with Kim Jong-un. As President Trump dispatches what he refers to as an armada, but is really the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group, as China moves 175,000 troops to the Yalu River, as the Japanese Navy steams to a rendezvous with the US Navy, Kim announced today ‘A Day of the Sun’ and preparations for what is probably another nuclear bomb test. This is in addition to Kim’s repeated threats to launch a nuclear attack on the United States, Japan and the USS Carl Vinson.
Kim Jong-un appears be missing that vital trait his father and grandfather had…the ability to see the reaper and to back off before North Korea was turned into an ashtray.
I’m not sure what the odds are in Vegas for a US led military strike on North Korea, but they have to be getting better as each day passes and Kim Jong-un’s delusion and madness grows.
If Kim had any brains he’d be gassing up the Gulfstream 5 to get the hell out of Dodge before the Tomahawks and/or the SEALs arrive in force. But, dictators always think they can survive, even though the evidence proves otherwise; Hitler, Mussolini and Ceaușescu to name a few.
Kim Jong-Loon is going to face a harsh reality. Good always triumphs over evil and the good guys are steaming towards him at 15 knots.