A Game of North Korean Thrones

January 4, 2014 at 6:57 pm (Uncategorized) (, , )

In March 2013, the US Spartacist League ran an article entitled “Chinese Stalinists: Running Dogs for Imperialist Drive Against North Korea.” (always love it when Trotskyists adopt loopy Maoist phrases) [Just to note, the information below appears in the web version of the article as it appears in Spartacist Canada]

The article criticizes China for helping to draw up sanctions against North Korea and defends North Korea’s nuclear programme as a “crucial means of deterrence against imperialist attack.” Uh huh. Also in the article, Dennis Rodman is singled out for praise for palling around with King Joffrey, er, Kim Jong Un at an exhibition basketball game.  Uh huh again.

Still, I don’t want to create the impression that the Spartacists have not been entirely uncritical in their support of a brutal capitalist regime. After all, they write, “In North Korea, ‘socialism in half a country’ à la the Kims has been particularly vulgar in its nepotism and cult of personality.” So there.

Still as reports emerge through Chinese media that the recently executed Jan song Thaek, Kim Jong Un’s uncle,  who has been described as “despicable human scum, worse than a dog” (foreshadowing here), was stripped naked and fed to a pack of 120 starving dogs, you do kind of wonder if the Sparts criticisms need to be a bit more forceful. You also wonder if like his movie-loving father Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un is borrowing from TV.  In this case,  a Game of Thrones. 

Of course, this could all be fiction. After all, when the execution was announced the reason was that Jan Song Thaek was plotting the overthrow of the regime; turns out it was abuse of power and money. And the original execution was carried out with anti-aircraft machine guns according to the Independent. This last detail puzzles me.: Why anti-aircraft? Was he in a plane as well? Why not ordinary machine guns?But I digress.

Lastly, I know this hasn’t appeared in the TV series yet, but Jong Un, you do know what happened to Joffrey don’t you? Read the books.



Read this in the Washington Post about the execution by dogs story .

Sounds about right, although apparently there is a term for it, quan jue, which means execution by dogs.


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