[A repeat from September 21, 2014] On July 10, 2014, I offered a post on Kim Jong Un – the animal who rules North Korea (pardon me – the “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea“). Little did I know that I’d be following up my post so soon with another post about North Korea — “The Hermit Kingdom.”
On February 17, 2014, the United Nations released a report on North Korea which details some of the unspeakable cruelties and horrors that occur daily in North Korea: starvation; corruption; prison camps; wholesale extermination, slaughter and murder; torture; rape; kidnapping of young women; forced abortions; brainwashing; and acts worse than your worst nightmare.
I just finished reading The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson. This 2013 Pulitzer Prize winner (for fiction) and New York Times bestseller depicts life (if you can call it that) in North Korea. It paints a 443 page picture of one young man – an orphan named Jun Do – who rises through the ranks to rival Kim Jong Il (1941-2011) the psychotic “Dear Leader” who preceded Kim Jong Un. I could go into great and glorious detail on the images of the book. Suffice to say, the book is powerful and compelling. And painful. It makes you want to task Jack Reacher and Mitch Rapp (see 8/25/11 and 12/30/12) to do a Control Alt Delete of North Korean leadership.