And thanks to the Toronto Star for featuring it on their front page. In Canada there are still some news editors who have decent ideas about what to report when it’s otherwise a slow news day.
In a nutshell:
Shin Dong-Hyuk was 14 when he heard his mother and his brother plotting their escape from the North Korean prison camp that was the only home he’d ever known.
He had been constantly warned that his role was to work hard and obey orders. One of the orders was to report any family members or friends who were planning to do something against the rules. So he told his teacher about the escape plan.
The outcome: He was forced to witness the public execution of his mother and brother.
I’ve said elsewhere that the regime in Tehran is a model of restraint and sanity compared to North Korea, yet the latter actually has nuclear weapons and we seem to be past worrying about it. Not to mention that the North Korean “leadership” appears to be little better than the most primitive dynastic dictatorships of antiquity, what with the mentally ill Kim Jong-il handing off his seat to his probably mentally ill son.
It’s good to remember occasionally that there are some truly brutal places still existing on earth. People might argue over whether Iran should be on that list, but there can be no reasonable doubt that North Korea is.