Those folks who have been here since Steve and I joined up know that I really love foreign affairs. And any of you who have been reading us since then also know that I consistently chastise everyone for not giving a damn about foreign stuff. My posts to the effect are basically ignored except for occasional polite comments. But you have to throw me a bone here. This is crazy stuff.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il is a certifiable nut. If he was captured and brought to trial here in the US, he would be sentenced to life in prison without parole if not death. But his lawyers might plead the “insanity defense.” And, by God, I – as a supporter of tough sentencing and capital punishment – would totally agree. The man is a total whack-job. This sums it up.
North Korea’s football team has been shamed in a six-hour public inquisition and the team’s coach has been accused of “betraying” the reclusive leader’s heir apparent following their failure at the World Cup, according to reports.
The entire squad was forced onto a stage at the People’s Palace of Culture and subjected to criticism from Pak Myong-chol, the sports minister, as 400 government officials, students and journalists watched.
The players were subjected to a “grand debate” on July 2 because they failed in their “ideological struggle” to succeed in South Africa, Radio Free Asia and South Korean media reported
The team’s coach, Kim Jong-hun, was reportedly forced to become a builder and has been expelled from the Workers’ Party of Korea.
The coach was punished for “betraying” Kim Jong-un – one of Supreme Leader Kim Jong-il’s sons and heir apparent…..
However, media in South Korea said the players got off lightly by North Korean standards.
“In the past, North Korean athletes and coaches who performed badly were sent to prison camps,” a South Korean intelligence source told the Chosun Ilbo newspaper.
Incredible. And these people have nukes. It’s amazing. A totally Homer Simpson kinda thing where you smack your own forehead and say “Doh!” But we keep coddling these imbeciles. Simply amazing.