nature vs. nurture Essay

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Kim Jong IL
In order for a ruler to be a dictator, one must absolute power to rule over a country. Dictators are rule by force regardless of what others want or need. Kim’s dictatorship of North Korea was characterize by ruling through terror and using gas chamber to torture people, which led him having complete power over the people and government of North Korea. Kim kept the North Korea at the edge of starvation and collapse, banished to gulags citizens deemed disloyal and turned the country into a nuclear weapons state. His harsh punishments of the people through things such as torturing his people makes Kim Jong IL the worst dictator known to mankind. “Kim enforces loyalty and obedience through its ministry of people’s security, which requires citizens to spy on each another, including family members. (Head para.5) Anyone who is overheard saying anything perceived as critical to the government is subject to a reduced loyalty group rating, torture, execution, or imprisonment in one of North Korea’s ten brutal concentration camps.” Kim torture his people to have his own desire. “He is said to be arrogant and self-centered in policy decisions, openly rejecting criticism or opinions that differ from his. He is suspicious of nearly all of those who surround him and volatile in his emotions. (“Kim Jong IL. Biography” para.3) There are many stories of his irregularity, his playboy lifestyle, the lifts in his shoes and pompadour hairstyle that make him appear taller, and his fear of flying. Some stories can be verified while others are most likely exaggerated, possibly circulated by foreign operatives from hostile countries. This is a great example of how Kim had no sympathy for the thing he did. Like a true dictator, his rules were absolute unfair and ignore human right. In 1990s, an overwhelming famine struck North Korea as a result of decades of economic mismanagement, resource misallocation, poor industrial and agricultural productivity, the disappearance of previously productive markets following the Soviet Union's collapse, and the government's massive military investment. “This famine claimed an estimated 2 to 3 million lives (out of a population of perhaps 22 million) and forced the country to rely heavily on international aid to feed its population while Kim continued to funnel all available funds into the maintenance of his million-man army. (“Kim Jong IL. Biography” para. 5)” Some of the visitors who managed to make their way into the country bore witness to the overwhelming and brought back reports of children eating grass to survive. Refugees told stories of cannibalism, with families protecting the bodies of deceased relatives lest they be consumed by starving neighbors.
While his people starved, Kim Jong-Il denied himself some of the pleasures. “His taste for expensive drink ran to a cellar stocked with 10,000 French wines. While North Koreans survived on the equivalent of $900 per year, Kim spent $700,000 annually just on his beloved Hennessy cognac. (“Kim Jong IL. Biography” para.6) Even as North Korea appealed to the UN for food relief, Kim retained a personal sushi chef and enjoyed rare delicacies like shark-fin soup. While traveling on his personal train, he had live lobsters flown in at stops along the way.” Famine and bad nutrition left a permanent effect on the North Korean population. A 2002 UN European Survey found that an average 7-year-old boy in North Korea was 20 centimeters shorter and 22 pounds lighter than his equal size in South Korea. Not even the army, traditionally the best-fed profession outside the ranks of the Communist Party elite, was immune from these effects. As of 2011, North Korean soldiers were told six inches shorter than South Korean soldiers. Regular human-rights abuses throughout North Korea were uncontrol and well documented during Kim's reign. “It is estimated that there were some 200,000 political prisoners in the country as of 2006, and there were innumerable…