U.S. Should Resume Food Aid To North Korea
Washington Post: North Koreans are starving. Shouldn’t we do something?
Isaac Stone Fish, contributing columnist for Global Opinions at the Washington Post
“The U.N. World Food Programme just visited North Korea and found desolation. More than 10 million people, or roughly 40 percent of the country, suffer from ‘severe food insecurity,’ meaning they don’t have enough food to eat until the next harvest. … The U.N. diplomatically blamed weather conditions. A U.S. State Department spokeswoman more accurately criticized Pyongyang for exploiting and neglecting its own people ‘in order to advance its unlawful nuclear and weapons program,’ and added that North Korea could feed its people if it chose. … The State Department correctly blames North Korea’s government for the suffering of its citizens. And so where does that leave the American government and the American people? Morally responsible. Pyongyang’s crimes against its own people do not absolve those who can help North Koreans but don’t. … The United States government should resume food aid to North Korea. … Maybe a second famine would topple the Kim regime. But let’s not abet the deaths of thousands of children for that political science experiment…” (5/6).