The united Nations has official adopted a resolution condemning the inhumane actions of North Korea yesterday. This kind of resolution is unique because it personally holds the North’s leaders responsible for the crimes against humanity and recommends they be prosecuted for their crimes.
Satellite footage and first hand accounts support that the North Korea government maintains order by holding the threat of prison camps over their citizens heads. In this way the term “North Korean citizen” does not exist. All North Koreans are prisoners in their own country. Stories from escaped Northerners tell of public execution, tying prisoners in painful positions for days, and malnutrition to the point of resorting to eating animal feces among many other horrifying stories.
The freedoms North Koreans are allowed by their glorious leader Kim Jong Un are few and far between as it is, but the prison camps make the west’s silence a non-option. This argument has been made time and time again, but it’s true. Why is the North Korean people’s humanity worth any less than our own? We as a nation who values human rights, as expressed in our founding documents, above all else need to consider the suffering that our Korean brothers and sister are enduring. Would we not intervene in a heart beat if England was suddenly over taken by such practices? One might say the Korean war was our attempt at stopping this and it was partially successful, why must we risk more life by intervening again?
First of all, are more lives at risk if we intervene? More American lives certainly, but lives overall — no. The cold truth is that even thought the North puts on a good song and dance with their red flags and big parades, the US Air Force alone could make a crippling dent in the North Korean armed forces.
Second, if the United Kingdom or France was in such a situation such as this would the United States seriously settle for partial success? If we look at the productivity of a free South Korea — the industry created there such as Samsung and Hyundai and more (comparable to many EU nations), why is that not achievable in a free North? Wouldn’t it be something if we could live in a world with one Korea — a free Korea again?
Enough with the rhetorical questions though. The situation in reality is too complex to boil down to a one sentence explanation, but my thought is that we need to be true to our words. “Liberty and justice for ALL”, “Government of the people, by the people, for people”, “Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness (as a fundamental human right)”. We must realize that these are human rights not just American rights. We claimed them centuries ago. It is time we helped the North reclaim theirs.