This is coolbert:
As has been the topic previous blog entries, Kim of North Korea , his recent killing of his uncle hardly an isolated incident within in the historical context, an attempt to exert absolute and sole control as the ruler, a dictator whose powers are unchallenged and unrivaled.
Elimination of any possible pretender to the throne by execution
Other historical examples of such behavior to include and of course not limited to what I have described as the "oriental" despot. "Oriental" classically defined as not of European origin.
1. Octavian [Augustus Caesar]. Ordering the execution of Caesarion. The son [it is alleged] of Julius Caesar and Cleopatra. Biological progeny in contrast to Octavian, the ADOPTED son of the divine Julius. Caesarion STRANGLED.
"Ptolemy XV Philopator Philometor Caesar [Caesarion] . . . He was killed on the orders of Octavian, who would become the Roman emperor Augustus. He was the eldest son of Cleopatra VII, and possibly the only son of Julius Caesar, after whom he was named."
2. Royal and institutionalized fratricide of the Ottomans. Killing and execution of all brothers and other "pretenders" to the throne. ONLY a strong and resolute man able to rule and having the gumption to do the difficult and take matters into his own hands deemed as an able and fit ruler.
"In the Ottoman Empire a policy of judicial royal fratricide was introduced by Sultan Mehmet II whose grandfather Mehmed I had to fight a long and bloody civil war against his brothers (which brought the empire near to destruction) to take the throne. When a new Sultan ascended to the throne he would imprison all of his surviving brothers and kill them by strangulation with a silk cord as soon as he had produced his first male heir. The largest killing took place on the succession of Mehmed III when 19 of his brothers were killed and buried with their father. The aim was to prevent civil war."
See previous blog entries regarding Kim, North Korea and the ritual of succession among rivals:
Kim as I have noted has two older brothers. Both of them be wary. Very wary!!