posted on Feb, 22 2013 @ 02:31 PM
Reading the article that was provided by the OP has not suprised me, but it has saddened me. Although the escapee mentioned in the article is the
first person to have broken out, others have been released and then left North Korea, and his story, and the stories of those who have managed to get
out of the country, are always harrowing, and difficult to read or hear.
I have read stories of mothers eating the bodies of thier young, and the total dehumanisation of ENTIRE families. For those comparing western prison
systems to this... I really think that a reality check might be in order here. Western prison systems do not imprison entire families, all at once,
and force them to fight over rations. Fights that break out in western jails, do so generally amongst scum who would be fighting out on the street,
and are simply behaving as badly as normal in a confined environment. Western prisons, although by no means perfect, are largely filled with people
who HAVE committed offences for which thier OUGHT to be a punishment. Theft, fraud, assault, murder.
The people in the camps however, are largely imprisoned, not because they themselves have committed a crime, but because the government disagrees
with the behavior of one of thier relatives. A mother, a brother, an uncle, or a great grandmother or grandfather. Three generations of one family
going to prison over one single crime, committed by one of them would be a travesty anywhere, but in North Korea, the crime need not be something
which morality would require a response to. Often the crime is political in nature, a free thought, and a desire for a fair and free society and a
dissolution of the current government in favour of one voted for by the people... this is a crime there.
Not our business? I cannot agree. The western world in the last couple of decades, has gone to war for resources, under false pretences related to
the threat of WMD, and has used genuine human rights abuses by its "enemies" as part of the arguement, abuses which, while terrible, pale in
comparison to the horrors being inflicted on the residents of the camps in North Korea.
It is beyond belief then, that North Korea, which HAS launched test delivery systems for its weapons program, constantly threatens war with its
neighbors, and actually has camps for free thinking "criminals", remains completely unmolested by the combined forces of the West. Oh sure, the UN
has sanctioned NK as much as it could manage, but all further action is being vetoed by Russia, China refuses to allow anything tougher than a stern
word to cross the North Korean border, let alone anything effective in chaging things there.
I disagree in principle with the idea of the West, marching into some of the places that it has in the last twenty years, and inflicting full scale
military action on entire nations, risking and resulting in collateral damage to homes and lives in uncountable number. As previously mentioned, the
lies that were told to provide justification for these actions have never been appropriately addressed, nor justice done for those who died, on both
sides of the conflicts that were spawned by those lies.
However, in the case of North Korea, knowing what we know about its politics, the treatment of the people who live there by the state, and its
readiness and willingness to cause damage to people outside its own borders, I have to say I would support intervention there in a heart beat. Anyone
who has read my posts else where in the site, will understand that I do not say that lightly, that I realise the implications of any intervention
there, that I do not DESIRE war, but realise that there are circumstances which can come about, which demand a response.
North Korea is a dangerous state, not just to other nations, but to its own people, in an overt, and total manner which leaves no question as to its
truth. And no matter ones morality, one cannot deny that such a thing must never be allowed to stand.