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Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:00 PM

I know, I know... our only choice is to starve them.

North Korea launched a missile that blew up after a minute or so.

In response, the US will withhold 240,000 metric tons of food aid.

North Korea's 1%, who launched the thing, will probably be unaffected - the foie gras and champagne will continue. North Korea's 99%, of course, will suffer even worse starvation than they would have.

Whenever I post on DU that cutting off food aid is sick and cruel, I get a chorus of "Whaddya want? Give 'em a warm footbath?". But it sure doesn't seem like the right thing to do.

Very sad.

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Reply I know, I know... our only choice is to starve them. (Original post)
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teddy51 Apr 2012 #1
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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:06 PM

1. Reality is that those in need of food in NK will not get it anyway! The US or any country for that

 

mater has no idea whether the food donations are getting to the people.

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Response to teddy51 (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:13 PM

3. Some relevant quotes from the linked article:

"Mercy Corps, one of five US non-governmental groups that would have delivered the aid, said the assistance would have reached more than two million North Korean children and tens of thousands of pregnant women.

David Austin, the North Korea program director for Mercy Corps, said that the United States for generations had donated food to the needy regardless of political considerations.

"It is a shift to using food as a policy tool and it's one that we have a lot of concern about. We think it's become a distraction because it removes the focus from people who are in need and people whom we can save," he told AFP."

and perhaps the key to this:

"The Obama administration's food plan had been unpopular with many lawmakers of the rival Republican Party, who voiced concern that it would throw a lifeline to Kim Jong-Un's communist dynasty."

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Response to MannyGoldstein (Original post)

Fri Apr 13, 2012, 11:07 PM

2. North Korea just tested a 3 stage rocket. The 2nd stage was denial.

- Bill Maher

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