December 17, 2013

The Asia Pacific's Paranoid Stalinists

Irish Times, Irish Times

The Associated Press

Jang’s fate, like that of ambitious Chinese Chongqing party secretary Bo Xilai, though he escaped with his neck, illustrates the problem such regimes have in managing any political challenge or transition in a peaceful fashion. Democratic structures allow the gradual emergence of countervailing forces and provide both the public and the regime with measures of their real influence. In Pyongyang and Beijing, despite massive internal security machines, in truth crude and blunt instruments, rulers have no accurate way of assessing the real danger represented by rivals. The result is a state of permanent paranoia and responses to “threats” based on fearing the worst. The more paranoid, the more brutal.

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TAGGED: Asia Pacific, Asia, Bo Xilai, Jang Song Thaek, North Korea, China


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