When it comes to cruelty, depravity, and despotism, there is no one who holds a candle to the absurdly abhorrent Kim Jong Un and his North Korean regime.
Kim, a “supreme” leader of the hermit kingdom by horrendous heredity, has shown absolutely no desire to turn back the clock on the nation’s putrid treatment of its citizens.
North Koreans have long suffered under the Kim regime, whose longstanding and tyrannical abuses go far beyond anything else that we have witnessed in the modern world. Through the use of torture, isolation, and concentration camps, Kim and his cronies have instilled a culture of fear among the populace, while simultaneously fomenting hatred for the outside world. This includes a number of propaganda campaigns aimed at disparaging the United States specifically, erroneously blaming much of the country’s hardships on U.S. foreign policy.
Instead, it is North Korea’s own inherent, corrupt version of communism that has led to millions of dead citizens through both famine and imprisonment.
Now, as all eyes are on South Korea’s winter olympics, fears of retribution by the rogue regime are haunting the North Korean athletes.
“Having failed to land a single medal in South Korea so far, its Winter Olympic team could suffer the same fate as previous underperforming athletes – imprisonment in one of the country’s sick gulags.
“The most infamous case is that of the North Korean football team which made history for reaching the second round of the 1966 World Cup.
“Former leader Kim Il-Sung is widely believed to have ordered them to be arrested after they lost to 5-3 Portugal days after they were seen drinking with local women in public.
“Instead of going home to a proud welcome, the are reported to have been sent to one of the reclusive nation’s most notorious gulags.
“North Korean defector Kang Chol-Hwan claims he met some of the team while they were being held in Yodok prison, or Camp 15, usually reserved for political prisoners.”
For a reminder of just how horrific conditions are within these prison camps, one needn’t look any further than the stories from those who’ve managed to escape and defect.
“Stories from the few who have been released paint an apocalyptic picture of arbitrary punishments and summary executions, apparently conducted in front of inmates.
“Former detainee Shin Dong-Hyuk’s says guards chopped off his middle finger because he dropped a sewing machine in Camp 14.
“While in Camp 22, a guard was ‘rewarded’ for bludgeoning a prisoner to death with a blowtorch because ‘he was not working fast enough’.”
These are the same facilities that housed the now deceased American Otto Warmbier for only a few days before he mysteriously fell into a coma. The general consensus is that the U.S. citizen, who was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for removing a poster from his hotel room wall in North Korea, was beaten by overzealous guards to the point of severe brain damage. Warmbier died just days after being returned to the U.S. after just over a year in this condition within one of the infamous camps.