After North Korea admitted in 2002 to having developed nuclear bombs,Jack Kelley wrote in the New York Post (10/22/02)
The 1994 Framework Agreement is the rankest form of appeasement in which the United States has so far engaged. In it we, the Japanese and the South Koreans promised the North Koreans that if they halted their nuclear weapons program, we'd build for them two nuclear power reactors. While they were being built, we'd supply North Korea with food and fuel oil. As a result, we became the principal supplier of foreign assistance to the most repressive dictatorship on earth.
North Korea's perfidy reminded us of a truth of which we ought not to have needed reminding: Vicious mass murderers tend to be liars, too.
North Korea was imploding fast in the mid-1990s. Had we not provided the massive aid we provided when we provided it, this vile regime probably would have collapsed.
John Podhoretz wrote an excellent article in the New York Post (12/27/02) about the madness of the U.S. appeasement policy toward North Korea. He wrote:
North Korea's behavior seems so irrational that the only possible explanation that some people can discern is this: It's a psychotic country. Indeed, for years, questions have been raised about the sanity of Kim Jong-Il (who must be called "Dear Leader" under pain of death) and his late father, Kim Il-Sung ("Great Leader")...
Oh, yeah, the Kims are crazy all right. Like great poker players are crazy.
For 20 years now, Great Leader and Dear Leader have been using the same system of blackmail to extract money and technology from the rest of the world. It's worked every time, even with Bush's father. So why, Kim must reason, wouldn't it work now?
Here's the history: In 1985, it became clear that North Korea had launched an aggressive effort to develop nuclear weapons. The Soviet Union made a deal with its fellow Communist neighbor: If Great Leader signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the Soviets would build some light reactors there to provide power without providing explosive material.
The North Koreans agreed. Then Great Leader gave the Soviets the finger. He did everything he could to keep out nuclear inspectors, and delayed their entry into the country by five years.
Cut to 1991, when the first Bush administration cuts a deal: South and North Korea both agree to denuclearization efforts. To sweeten the pot for the elder Kim, America pulls short-range nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula.
North Korea doesn't stop doing anything. Then comes 1993. Abruptly, with inspectors hot on their trail, the Kims pull out of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The reactor at Yongbyon is up and running. The Clinton administration swings into action. By the end of 1994, the Clintonites announce with great fanfare a deal called "the Agreed Framework."
The "Agreed Framework" looks suspiciously like the 1985 deal with the Soviets. The U.S. agreed to build two reactors in North Korea. But wait, there was so much more. We also agreed to supply Dear Leader (by this time, Great Leader had died) with fuel oil and food aid. This bribe was, as they used to say on game shows, a package worth something like $4 billion.
Bill Clinton celebrated. "North Korea will freeze and then dismantle its nuclear program," he announced in one of the innumerable statements for which history will deride him.
Then, in 1998, North Korea got scary all over again by launching an intercontinental missile directly over Japan. The United States demanded that the North Koreans allow international inspectors into the country to determine the extent of its nuclear program.
The North Koreans said: Fine; pay us $300 million and we'll let the inspectors in. The United States went one better. It didn't hand over the cash. Instead, it sent food aid in a package worth far more than $300 million.
Even after this debacle, the Clintonites kept on acting as if their 1994 deal was a good one. "We made a lot of progress with them," the president said on Dec. 28, 2000. "I think it will make the world a much safer place. I feel very good about what we've done."
Now here we are. We know North Korea has at least one nuclear weapon - and that, unchecked, it will be able to make 50 nuclear bombs a year by 2009. Yet influential voices continue to insist that all we need to do is continue to give Dear Leader money - the very money he uses to subsidize his nation's efforts to become a major nuclear power.
Hence, Tom Friedman in the New York Times: "When dealing with a heavily armed crazy state like North Korea. . . . All you can do is is shrink its nuclear programs in exchange for food, and expand trade and investment to alleviate some of its abject poverty - so when it does collapse, it does the least damage possible."
North Korea is the perfect object lesson in the failure of appeasement: Without appeasement, it would not be a nuclear power today. And yet the Friedmans of the world keep insisting that appeasement is the only workable strategy.
So who's really crazy here? Dear Leader - or the appeasers?
Less than two weeks after America and its allies offered Iran new incentives for backing away from its nuclear arms program North Korea began preparations for an intercontinental ballistic missile test in the direction of the United States Maybe North Korea could get more incentives too is most likely the logic here. (U.S. Invited Korea Threat, wnd.com 6/30/06)
Fear of the North has been a factor in South Koreans turning against the United States. According to Newsweek (Angry at the Yanks1/13/02) young Korean voters who elected Roh,
see U.S. troops as an occupying force and believe peace with North Korea could break out tomorrow if only Washington would stop meddling.
According to the Associated Press (3/9/03) an opposition lawmaker In Seoul, urged South Korea to stop cash aid to North Korea, claiming the funds were being used to develop nuclear weapons.
Lee Hahn-koo said former President Kim Dae-jung's government provided $3.3 billion over the past five years, including $900 million in cash. Lee said in a news release:
The North's military would not have been able to achieve its current capacity without the Kim Dae-jung government's financial aid...
Former Defense Secretary William Perry told the Washington Post (NYPost 7/15/03)
The nuclear program now underway in North Korea poses an imminent danger of nuclear weapons being detonated in American cities
According to the World Tribune.com a North Korean defector came to Washington in July 2003 with an urgent message.
In a meeting with White House officials, he called for a pre-emptive strike on "selected targets" in North Korea before the Kim Jong-il regime succeeds in arming its missiles with miniaturized nuclear warheads.
"As we have witnessed in recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the only effective measure against terrorists is a pre-emptive strike," said Park Gap Dong. Park met early this week with officials of the President's National Security Council and spoke at a luncheon meeting of the American Foreign Policy Council on July 9.
Another defector, Cheol-Hwan Kang wrote that: (Washington Post 7/13/03)
Today international food aid keeps the North Korean army fed and loyal, and the country barely afloat. But the people continue to suffer from hunger and oppression. And Pyongyang resorts to nuclear blackmail to extract even more international aid, while retreating from a very tentative agenda of structural reform and opening-up that the regime saw as a threat to its survival.
Jeff Jacoby in an article titled An Auschwitz in Korea wrote
It is not exactly news that the communist regime of Kim Jong Il has sent millions of North Koreans to early graves... Nor is it breaking news that North Korea operates a vicious prison gulag -- "not unlike the worst labor camps built by Mao and Stalin in the last century," as NBC News reported more than a year ago. Some 200,000 men, women, and children are held in these slave-labor camps; hundreds of thousands of others have perished in them over the years. Some of the camps are so hellish that 20 percent or more of their prisoners die from torture and abuse each year. The dead can be of any age: North Korea's longstanding policy is to imprison not only those accused of such "crimes" as practicing Christianity or complaining about North Korean life, but their entire families, including grandparents and grandchildren.
But now comes something new.
"I witnessed a whole family being tested on suffocating gas and dying in the gas chamber. The parents, a son, and a daughter." The speaker is Kwon Hyuk, a former North Korean intelligence agent and a one-time administrator at Camp 22, the country's largest concentration camp. His testimony was heard on a television documentary that aired last week on the BBC. "The parents were vomiting and dying, but till the very last moment they tried to save the kids by doing mouth-to-mouth breathing."
Like other communist officials, Kwon was not bothered by what he saw. "I felt that they throroughly deserved such a death. Because all of us were led to believe that all the bad things that were happening to North Korea were their fault. . . . Under the society and the regime I was in at the time, I only felt that they were the enemies. So I felt no sympathy or pity for them at all."
Soon Ok-lee, who spent seven years in another North Korean camp, described the use of prisoners as guinea pigs for biochemical weapons.
"An officer ordered me to select 50 healthy female prisoners," she testified. "One of the guards handed me a basket full of soaked cabbage, told me not to eat it, but to give it to the 50 women. I gave them out and heard a scream. . . . They were all screaming and vomiting blood. All who ate the cabbage leaves started violently vomiting blood and screaming with pain. It was hell. In less than 20 minutes, they were dead."
Gas chambers. Poisoned food. Torture. The murder of whole families.
Thanks to appeasement of North Korea, anyone who tries to stop this faces the threat of nuclear retaliation. On the other hand if North Korea's regime isn't overthrown we face the prospect of it becoming even more dangerous than we have already helped it become. As long as the current regime controls North Korea innocent people are being gassed. Jeff Jacoby in an article titled TheOrdeal of A North Korean in Canada gave the following advice about what we can do to help.
The first and most important step is to learn more. Three excellent sources of information on North Korea are The Chosun Journal (www.chosunjournal.com), the Citizens Alliance for North Korean Human Rights (www.nkhumanrights.or.kr), and the US Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (www.hrnk.org). All three offer heartbreaking details about the horrors of Kim's tyranny as well as many options for further action. They should be the first stop for anyone for whom "never again" is not just an empty slogan...22 million of their countrymen remain trapped, at the mercy of the most evil government on earth. Learn what is happening to them. Cry out in protest. This is not a time for silence.
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