Skip to comments.A Modern Auschwitz North Korea’s Camp 22 - (it's happening all over again; revolting!)
Posted on 05/03/2005 5:17:44 PM PDT by CHARLITE
Note: The following commentary contains graphic descriptions of human-rights abuses that may not be suitable for some readers.
The story was reminiscent of the horrors of Auschwitz. Kwon Hyuk, who recently defected from North Korea, was telling a British journalist what it was like to work at Camp 22, Norths Koreas infamous concentration camp. As Hyuk recalled, I witnessed a whole family being tested on suffocating gas and dying in the gas chamber. The parents were vomiting and dying, but till the very last moment they tried to save the kids by doing mouth-to-mouth breathing.
Above the glass chamber, scientists were calmly observing and taking notes, just like the Nazis did sixty years ago with medical experiments.
Its a dreadful testimonybut typical of those given by people who manage to escape North Koreas brutal regime. Others tell stories of prison guards who stamp on the necks of newborns to kill them. One former prisoner, Soon Ok-lee, tells of being ordered to pass out poisoned cabbages to fifty fellow prisonerswomen who then vomited and died within twenty minutes of eating them.
Atrocities like these are the reason that some forty groups, including the Wilberforce Forum, have formed the North Korea Freedom Coalition. Our goal: to urge the State Department to fully implement the North Korea Human Rights Act of 2004, which we also helped get passed.
The coalition has reason to believe that some at the State Department are dragging their feet. Hints of unwillingness to act appear in the State Departments Report on the Status of North Korean Asylum Seekers and the governments policy toward them. For example, as we wrote in a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the report claims that current treatment of returned migrants is generally better than it has been in previous years. Recently escaped refugees would have told them otherwise; so would human-rights groups that have received credible reports of the execution of North Korean migrants when they return home.
Were also told that a survey of U.S. diplomatic posts near North Korea reveals that most in the region would oppose U.S.-funded assistance to refugees at this time. But the entire point of the North Korea Human Rights Act is to move beyond what is being done at this time. In any case, it is premature to presume that governments in the regionmany of which are cooperating with South Koreawould refuse to cooperate with workable proposals from the United States.
And whether they agree or not, the United States must move forward, helping peopleincluding many Christianswho are being tortured and killed by the North Korean government.
Sixty years ago, the Allies threw open the doors to Nazi-run campsand were horrified by what they found. Today, Auschwitz is a reality once againin North Korea. And this time, we cannot claim we dont know whats going on in these camps. The only question is: What are we going to do about it?
As Christians, we believe all humans are created in the image of God, which is why Christians have always been the strongest champions of human rights. Please visit our website, www.BreakPoint.org, and learn more about this issue. Then I want you to call, write, or e-mail the Secretary of State.
When referring to Auschwitz, the Jews say, Never again. Well, never again is happening today, and it is to our shame if we dont do everything humanly possible to stop it.
Strange... not a word from the ACLU...
The depths of man's inhumanity to man is unbearable to think of.....
You have to beg the question - where was the ACLU when the US government was interning Japanese during WWII? Seems they were quietly absent ... I think they pick and choose what they want to defend .....
This further cements the reason why we can't offer this regime concessions and incentives.
I could be wrong but I don't think there was an ACLU in those days. However the internment wasn't as black and white as we're led to believe. My grandfather told me that a lot of Japanese were going to Japan to fight on that side. The interment camps weren't death camps. There was no torture, starvation, or extermination. In many ways the internment camps were a protective measure.
The ACLU was founded in 1920
Clearly they weren't as powerfull then, also they must have been a bit more sensible.
This is a thought provoking article.
And you'll actually find the South Korean government doing whatever it can to squelch any attempt to force North Korea to stop these atrocities.
Those South Koreans... They're such *Great* allies. (yeah, right!)
Want a good read, though horrifying, from a first hand survivor of the North Korean gulag? Pick up "The Aquariums of Pyongyang" by Kang Chol-Hwan whose family spent ten years in these horror camps, only because a grandparent spoke up in private against the government. The book is a fascinating, can't put down page-turner. It's available in paperbook on Amazon.com.
As you read this book and the article on this thread, keep in mind today's Democrats bristle at North Korea being called part of an Axis of Evil and John Bolton calling that deranged midget Kim Jong Mentally Ill a "tyrannt." This is today's Democratic party...attack Bush at all costs. Defend North Korea and Iraq as being "the enemy of my enemy is my friend."
Excellent point, pabianice. This is why they are just so hypocritical. Remember, "Bush is Hitler!" It is nauseating.