Here’s a peek into the gulag known as North Korea.
With the death of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il, American, Chinese and South Korean forces are on high alert, worried that internal frictions in the hermit kingdom might spark instability and lead to a flood of refugees fleeing to the Chinese and South Korean borders.
It’s difficult for Westerners to grasp the evil that is at the core of the North Korean state—a Stalinist regime that deliberately created a famine in the mid 1990’s which killed over two million North Koreans—but it is a gruesome reality. North Korea is the world’s most repressive regime. Reports indicate that the state practices euthanasia on infants born with mental and physical disabilities.
Those few North Koreans who have successfully defected to the West have drawn a picture of a state that is ruled by the Kim family and a political elite that oversees a vast military apparatus. Hundereds of thousands of North Koreans are each year sentenced to forced labor camps where an Auschwitz-like diet is supplemented with earth worms and tree bark.
Private property is unknown, there are no privately owned business, no banks, no contracts, no internet, no movie theaters, no bookstores. There’s not even paper for fear on the part of the government of subsersive writings and private diaries that encourage counter-revolutionary thinking.
North Koreans live, breathe and perish for one purpose: to serve the state.
The only religion that is permitted is worship of the ruling family, a collection of mass murderers, dim-wits and playboys rapists. This is a Communist state that makes Cuba and Venezuela look like a Disney theme parks.
The reason the West has been unable to deal effectively with this monstrous regime is because North Korea is a nuclear power. Hence, a self-defeating policy of appeasement has allowed North Korea to proliferate their nuclear program to Syria—Israel took care of that nasty business—and now Iran, where hundreds of North Korean scientists are hard at work in exchange for Iranian petro dollars.
If there is one lesson to be drawn from our failure to deal effectively with North Korea it is this: the West must not allow rogue regimes to acquire nuclear weapons. Because once that line has been crossed, nuclear blackmail becomes the coin of the realm for the emboldened totalitarians and viable foreign policy options are greatly reduced.
We messed up badly with North Korea. And it looks like the Obama administration is following the exact same playbook with Iran.
Sadly, it appears that, once again, Israel will be forced to deal unilaterally with Western indifference and stupidity.
Tonight begins the holiday of Chanukah. Karen and I wish all our friends and relatives a joyous holiday filled with the light of Torah and freedom.