There are many in North Korea that view their leader, Kim Jong-un as super human. However, there are those from the outside, that look at Kim’s scary side of evil as an understatement. This is because of his alleged history of corruption. On Feb.13, 2017, the murder of Jong-nam, the leader’s alienated half-brother, has increased uneasiness concerning the nation’s reprobate administration. However, many are wondering whether this slaying was done by an outsider or just one of Kim’s master plots to take down his brother.
The Psychology of Kim Jong-un
This is not the first-time Kim’s, scary side of evil might have manifested itself to the world. Many reports indicate that he executed his ex-girlfriend and his uncle. Kim advocates the enslavement of thousands of the country’s citizens.
It is no secret that public executions are part of a North Korean custom. Moreover, there have been many reports of torture and rape throughout the years, all supposedly condoned by Jong-un.
There were “among 50 to 90 public mass capital punishments that took place in North Korea in 2013,” according to the Daily Mail. These executions were not over some monstrous crime. Instead, they included things like “looking at illegal South Korean television shows or being found in ownership of a Bible.”
Does all of this suggest Kim crazy? According to Dr. Ian H. Robertson, it does not. “North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-Un is acting sensibly.” Dr. Robertson explains Kim is only showing traits of a dictator trying to survive in the game of politics. According to him, the continued existence of his totalitarianism hangs on preserving the feeling of danger from the outside world and showing his deprived people the control of his military.
Psychopath or Sane?
Dr. Roberton argues that Kim is rational. “He is not a psychopath – in fact, he’s made great friends while attending school in Switzerland.” His best friend Joao Micaelo should know. The son of a Portuguese ambassador, Micaelo describes Kim as anything but scary. “He’s quite brainy, and he’s a pro at arithmetic even though he’s a little lazy when it comes to studying.”
Micaelo goes on to mention that Kim was just like any other person. “He was the ‘aggressively competitive’ basketball star and didn’t like losing.” Kim also, on the word of his friend, could not get enough of the North Korean national anthem. He was a diehard nationalist. “He listened to the song thousands of times and adored his country, and he was super close to his father.”
However, some experts doubt that a man who publicly executed an entire bunch of individuals for “untimely bereavement” after the demise of his father Kim Jong-iI, sounds like a rational person.
The Assassination of Kim Jong-nam
Jong-nam was the first-born son of Jong-il, the late leader of North Korea. From 1994 through 2001, he was believed to be the successor apparent to his dad. He was exiled from North Korea around 2003, developing into a sporadic opponent of his family’s rule and a supporter for restructuring the nation. For some, this sounded like the perfect motive for slaying Jong-nam.
While waiting to board a flight in Malaysia, two women wiped a poison-tinted rag on his face and then left. Native Authorities said the poison took effect rapidly, and that Jong-nam died en route to the hospital. Hwang Kyo-Ahn, South Korea’s working president, on Monday was repulsed by the incident. He called the murder “an unbearable corruption against humankind and an act of terrorism” instigated by the North Korean government.
As of now, Jong-nam’s killing has heightened the tension between Malaysia and North Korea. Malaysia’s pronouncement that they would perform an autopsy and their refusal to hand over the body directly to North Korea prompted Kang Chol, North Korea’s ambassador, to accuse Malaysia of “trying to conceal something” and plotting to “frame” the North.
By Jomo Merritt
Edited by Cathy Milne
USA Today: Malaysia: No cause of death yet for Kim Jong Nam
CNN. Com: Kim Jong Nam: Why would North Korea want him dead?
Psychology Today: The North Korean Dictator Is Behaving Rationally
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