Here's an idea. Maybe it's not true. We find it believeable because of where it comes from...
BBC News - Did Kim Jong Un feed his uncle to dogs?
I love the smell of face-palm in the morning!
"You ain't no Muslim bruv!"
I would have thought more highly of the guy if he'd fed his uncle to his starving citizens instead.
It's more the general notion that comes up at times of a "we're as bad as ...." type of thing. It's the same type of thing that would irk me with things back during the war as well. Want to complain about what we do, cool. Want to say we're "no different" than people doing a significantly more barbaric and worse thing at a far greater frequency? That's ridiculous.
It's not so much a notion of "see, what is happening in that other situation is okay". Rather, it's simply trying to look at it a bit in context. Is that particular case wrong or "cruel and unusual by our standards"? That's a big question, and one for another thread. But the fact we're even HAVING that conversation over something that theoretically is meant to be a painless form of execution, but simply hasn't been tested on humans is a wonderful sign that REGARDLESS of how you feel about it you should still be able to feel that the United States as a country and a society does generally try to be as humane as possible on this issue.
We're arguing about whether or not we should use an untested means of potentially painless chemical execution......North Korea is having prisoners eaten by 120 starving dogs.
Even if you can't stand the death penalty, or if you don't mind it but don't agree with what's happening in that case, you should still be able to step back and go "regardless of how wrong I think this is, I can be thankful that I'm in a society where THIS is the worst that's being debated on this topic".
Like I said, it's the whole relative morality thing that it makes me think of. That notion acknowledges that both things CAN be wrong. It's simply suggested that two wrongs aren't always necessarily equal.
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.
But besides perhaps PSK and DonSutherland I would rate myself after all the research I've done as the one of the foremost experts on North Korea in this forum and barring my light hearted comment on page 1 I had severe doubts about this story.
It's a bit too twirly mustache even by the Kims standards.