From the official obituary, sort of, of Jang Song Thaek, Kim Jong Un’s uncle and the second-most powerful man in North Korea, until he was summarily executed this week. Said the North Korean government:
The accused is a traitor to the nation for all ages who perpetrated anti-party, counter-revolutionary factional acts in a bid to overthrow the leadership of our party and state and the socialist system.
Jang was appointed to responsible posts of the party and state thanks to the deep political trust of President Kim Il Sung and leader Kim Jong Il and received benevolence from them more than any others from long ago.
He held higher posts than before and received deeper trust from supreme leader Kim Jong Un, in particular.
The political trust and benevolence shown by the peerlessly great men of Mt. Paektu were something he hardly deserved.
It is an elementary obligation of a human being to repay trust with sense of obligation and benevolence with loyalty.
However, despicable human scum Jang, who was worse than a dog, perpetrated thrice-cursed acts of treachery in betrayal of such profound trust and warmest paternal love shown by the party and the leader for him.
From long ago, Jang had a dirty political ambition. He dared not raise his head when Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il were alive. But, reading their faces, Jang had an axe to grind and involved himself in double-dealing. He began revealing his true colors, thinking that it was just the time for him to realize his wild ambition in the period of historic turn when the generation of the revolution was replaced.
Jang committed such an unpardonable thrice-cursed treason as overtly and covertly standing in the way of settling the issue of succession to the leadership with an axe to grind when a very important issue was under discussion to hold respected Kim Jong Un in high esteem as the only successor to Kim Jong Il in reflection of the unanimous desire and will of the entire party and army and all people.
When his cunning move proved futile and the decision that Kim Jong Un was elected vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission of the Workers’ Party of Korea at the Third Conference of the WPK in reflection of the unanimous will of all party members, service personnel and people was proclaimed, making all participants break into enthusiastic cheers that shook the conference hall, he behaved so arrogantly and insolently as unwillingly standing up from his seat and half-heartedly clapping, touching off towering resentment of our service personnel and people.
In other news from the Juche paradise, 2013 was a banner year for the arts, according to the North Korean state press:
Lots of Famous Songs Created in DPRK in 2013
Pyongyang, December 10 (KCNA) — Lots of songs in praise of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK) and the socialist motherland have been created in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at a time when confidence in the WPK is growing deeper than ever before among the local people.
Among them is the song “Always under Party Flag”, a paean for the WPK and one of the masterpieces in the era of supreme leader Kim Jong Un.
For its high ideological and artistic value, the song evokes strong emotions for the party flag among the people, leading them to harden their will to remain loyal to the WPK.
A song titled “The Leader and the General Are Always Together” was created on the occasion of the birth anniversary of President Kim Il Sung, the Day of the Sun (April 15). For its ideological, emotional and philosophical profundity, the song well represents the honor of the Korean people advancing toward a rosy future under the blessing of Generalissimos Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, eternal leaders of the DPRK.
“Ode to the Motherland” is also one of the masterpieces created in the era of Songun. The song arouses feelings of ardent love for the socialist motherland, making one recall with deep emotion the great feats Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il performed on behalf of the country and the people. With fresh and passionate rhythms, it reflects the strong will of the Korean army and people to glorify their homeland.
All people in the DPRK say that the song is as valuable as National Anthem.
The song “Honor for Human Life” tells about the will of the Korean people to remain faithful to Kim Jong Un as well as about the revolutionary outlook on life.
“July 27 March”, “Tell, Fireworks of War Victory”, “Respects to Victors of Great Age” and “Holiday of Great War Victory” were also created this year to win a decoration commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean people’s victory in the Fatherland Liberation War (July 27). The songs remind one of the history of Songun Korea which, under the leadership of the Generalissimos, had always won in the confrontation with the U.S.-led imperialists.
Inspired by those songs, the DPRK people are speeding up the building of a highly civilized socialist country under the guidance of Kim Jong Un.
They all have a good beat, and you can clap to them.