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nikkibong
03-09-2009, 01:33 PM
When I was living in Seoul a few years ago, I got involved in an organization devoted to the promotion of human rights in North Korea. (The Citizens Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (http://www.nkhumanrights.or.kr/).) Among the things we did was aid North Korean refugees in settling in South Korea; no easy task. Through these activities, I met many refugees. I'll never forget one young man who grew up during the terrible famine years of the mid 1990s: his head and hands were those of a full-sized adult, yet he stood at less than five feet tall.

The situation in North Korea is one of the world's great tragedies. Sadly, President Obama and Sec. of State Clinton have taken human rights "off the table" when dealing with North Korea. This is a moral obscenity: North Korea is a holocaust state.

For more information, please see this (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/05/AR2009030503613.html) Washington Post article from a few days ago.

Or better, yet, read Bradley K. Martin's superb book (http://powells.com/biblio/1-9780312323226-0) on North Korea.

It is important to keep in mind that the 'North Korea issue' is far more than the nuclear one.

The world's most oppressed and terrified and tortured human population is there as well. Keep that in mind.

Lyle
03-10-2009, 06:51 PM
I agree. North Korea is abomination we should all be ashamed. The country is a great big concentration camp.

I'd love to see a U.S. President flip the bird at South Korea and China, and say that all North Koreans are welcome to immigrate to the United States, just to see what would happen. It's sad South Korea doesn't support mass defections, and that China could care less unless it affects their border cities.