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Is this sentence from Orwell’s ‘1984’?

"Every sentence of the decision served as sledge-hammer blow brought down by our angry service personnel and people on the head of Jang, an anti-party, counter-revolutionary factional element and despicable political careerist and trickster." No, amazingly, it is not from Orwell’s dystopian novel, but rather from a statement issued just last Friday by the North ...

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WOOHAE CHO/AFP/Getty Images

"Every sentence of the decision served as sledge-hammer blow brought down by our angry service personnel and people on the head of Jang, an anti-party, counter-revolutionary factional element and despicable political careerist and trickster."

No, amazingly, it is not from Orwell's dystopian novel, but rather from a statement issued just last Friday by the North Korean government about L'il Kim having his uncle killed. Of course, the uncle confessed to everything.

"Every sentence of the decision served as sledge-hammer blow brought down by our angry service personnel and people on the head of Jang, an anti-party, counter-revolutionary factional element and despicable political careerist and trickster."

No, amazingly, it is not from Orwell’s dystopian novel, but rather from a statement issued just last Friday by the North Korean government about L’il Kim having his uncle killed. Of course, the uncle confessed to everything.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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