Saturday, April 7, 2012

Sickening Hope

There is something entirely sickening about feeling hope rising in me while reading about a series of murders, but that is what's happening right now: A series of murders, targeting the leaders of North Korea. And even in typing that sentence, I feel hope rising in me.  I feel the desire to get on the phone and call my family, saying, "See, aren't you glad I took you to the DMZ?  There isn't much longer to be able to say you saw it when they weren't letting people in!"  But then, I remember that nothing is set in stone, and an ousting of this regime can also mean the entrance of one even worse.  If you don't believe me, do a little research into modern Cuban history.

That being said, I want to keep you up to date with the situation.  The following is copied from The Korean's blog:
More indications that North Korean regime is falling apart at the seams:  since last year, there have been a series of murders targeting the North Korean equivalent of police chiefs. According to the Dong-A Ilbo article by Joo Seong-Ha, there have been five cases of murders or attempted murders of high-ranking security officers, who are most directly involved in conducting surveillance on and extorting people. In February 2011, a local security bureau chief was killed in Cheongjin by getting hit by stones at night. In June 2011, a brigadier general working at Kim Il-Sung Political University was axed to death in Yanggang-do. In November 2011, a local security bureau chief was severely injured in Yanggang-do after having been attacked with an ax. Around the same time, a local security bureau chief was axed to death in Pyongyang. Finally, in January of this year, a security bureau chief and his entire family was found murdered in their home in central Pyongyang. 
This series of murders are significant for two reasons. The more obvious first reason is that these are not simple cases of errant murders. Killing a security bureau official in North Korea is a crime that would damn the entire extended family to a gulag. The reports say that murders of low-level security bureau officers have so common that they are not even newsworthy in North Korea any more. 
The second reason for the significance of these murders is that two of these murders happened in the middle of Pyongyang, the capital that is not only supposed to be safe, but also supposed to hold only the most loyal to the regime. What is more, the last murder in Pyongyang occurred during the mourning period for Kim Jong-Il, where North Koreans were admonished not even to breathe too heavily. 
North Korean regime is slowly losing control, and the loss of control can only accelerate. 
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