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A Modern Auschwitz North Korea’s Camp 22 - (it's happening all over again; revolting!)
PFM.ORG ^ | MAY 2, 2005 | CHARLES COLSON

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, North’s Korea’s 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.

It’s a dreadful testimony—but typical of those given by people who manage to escape North Korea’s 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 prisoners—women 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 Department’s Report on the Status of North Korean Asylum Seekers and the government’s 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.

We’re 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 region—many of which are cooperating with South Korea—would refuse to cooperate with workable proposals from the United States.

And whether they agree or not, the United States must move forward, helping people—including many Christians—who are being tortured and killed by the North Korean government.

Sixty years ago, the Allies threw open the doors to Nazi-run camps—and were horrified by what they found. Today, Auschwitz is a reality once again—in North Korea. And this time, we cannot claim we don’t know what’s 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 don’t do everything humanly possible to stop it.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: camp22; choking; experiments; gas; human; newauschwitz; northkorea; torture

1 posted on 05/03/2005 5:17:51 PM PDT by CHARLITE
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To: CHARLITE

BTTT


2 posted on 05/03/2005 5:18:47 PM PDT by kellynla (U.S.M.C. 1st Battalion,5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Div. Viet Nam 69&70 Semper Fi)
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To: CHARLITE

BTTT


3 posted on 05/03/2005 5:18:59 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: CHARLITE

Strange... not a word from the ACLU...


4 posted on 05/03/2005 5:24:18 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: CHARLITE

The depths of man's inhumanity to man is unbearable to think of.....


5 posted on 05/03/2005 5:24:50 PM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: pabianice

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 .....


6 posted on 05/03/2005 5:30:19 PM PDT by SkyDancer
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To: CHARLITE

This further cements the reason why we can't offer this regime concessions and incentives.


7 posted on 05/03/2005 5:30:33 PM PDT by wk4bush2004
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To: SkyDancer

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.


8 posted on 05/03/2005 5:37:43 PM PDT by cripplecreek (I don't suffer from stress. I am a carrier!)
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To: cripplecreek

The ACLU was founded in 1920


9 posted on 05/03/2005 5:40:53 PM PDT by So Cal Rocket (Proud Member: Internet Pajama Wearers for Truth)
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To: cripplecreek
Yes, that's true but there were hardships in those camps anyway. Lots of books written by those interned.

The ACLU was founded in 1928 by Clarence Darrow
10 posted on 05/03/2005 5:41:03 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("If Love Can't Buy You Happiness, You Don't Know Where To Shop")
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To: CHARLITE
But the 'Friends Committee' (US Quakers) say the NK's have excellent day care.
11 posted on 05/03/2005 5:44:22 PM PDT by investigateworld ( God bless Poland for giving the world JP II & a Protestant bump for his Sainthood!)
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To: So Cal Rocket; SkyDancer

Clearly they weren't as powerfull then, also they must have been a bit more sensible.


12 posted on 05/03/2005 5:44:24 PM PDT by cripplecreek (I don't suffer from stress. I am a carrier!)
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To: CHARLITE; Alouette; SJackson; little jeremiah
Sixty years ago, the Allies threw open the doors to Nazi-run camps—and were horrified by what they found. Today, Auschwitz is a reality once again—in North Korea. And this time, we cannot claim we don’t know what’s going on in these camps. The only question is: What are we going to do about it?

This is a thought provoking article.

13 posted on 05/03/2005 5:47:07 PM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (Free Mexico!)
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To: So Cal Rocket
Whoa, did I goof .... here's the real founding ....


Roger Baldwin, Albert Desilver, and Crystal Eastman are generally credited with founding the ACLU in 1920. Clarence Darrow came along later.
14 posted on 05/03/2005 5:47:10 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("If Love Can't Buy You Happiness, You Don't Know Where To Shop")
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To: pabianice

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!)


15 posted on 05/03/2005 5:48:27 PM PDT by gogogodzilla (Raaargh! Raaargh! Crush, Stomp!)
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To: CHARLITE

16 posted on 05/03/2005 5:51:17 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot
Notice that the Detention and Torture center is located away from the parts of the camp like the guards quarters. Don't want those screams in the night to upset their sleep.
17 posted on 05/03/2005 5:53:06 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: CHARLITE

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."


18 posted on 05/03/2005 5:54:55 PM PDT by MikeA
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To: pabianice
"Strange... not a word from the ACLU..."

Excellent point, pabianice. This is why they are just so hypocritical. Remember, "Bush is Hitler!" It is nauseating.

Char

19 posted on 05/03/2005 5:55:11 PM PDT by CHARLITE ("People are not old, until regrets take the place of their dreams." - John Barrymore)
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To: CHARLITE
Socialists doing what they do best.
20 posted on 05/03/2005 5:57:53 PM PDT by MrBambaLaMamba (Buy 'Allah' brand urinal cakes - If you can't kill the enemy at least you can piss on their god)
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To: SkyDancer
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 .....

The Japanese were at war with the ACLU's masters, the USSR, at the time so they favored the internment.

21 posted on 05/03/2005 6:34:46 PM PDT by Mind-numbed Robot (Not everything that needs to be done needs to be done by the government.)
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To: SkyDancer
Speaking of Crystal Eastman:

As an advocate of civil liberties in wartime and the rights of dissenters and conscientious objectors, she helped establish the National Civil Liberties Bureau in April 1917. (It later became the American Civil Liberties Union.)

Crystal divorced her first husband in 1915. She refused to accept alimony, criticizing the concept as nothing less than an admission of financial dependency on men.

I guess this makes most modern women anti-feminists, since they are all too glad to 1) pick a man that makes a lot of money, and 2) divorce them and take their money.

22 posted on 05/03/2005 6:56:12 PM PDT by zipper ("The fear of God makes heroes, the fear of man makes cowards."-- Sgt Alvin C. York)
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To: Mind-numbed Robot

Best answer I've received so far ............


24 posted on 05/04/2005 11:29:04 AM PDT by SkyDancer ("If Love Can't Buy You Happiness, You Don't Know Where To Shop")
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To: CHARLITE

"Above the glass chamber, scientists were calmly observing and taking notes, just like the Nazis"

Guess to get the attention of the liberal media and Hollywood elites the N Koreans would have to take the prisoners and put panties on their heads. Now that would really be newsworthy.


25 posted on 05/06/2005 10:42:10 PM PDT by garjog
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