(Note: This is a guest post by ROK Drop contributor John Mac.)
What makes it interesting is the comparison to the Rwanda debacle. Still, even if nothing can or will be done about the wanton slaughter up north, it is good to at least acknowledge that it continues to take place:
On April 6, 1994, in the aftermath of the assassination of Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana, a genocide in which Hutu militias slaughtered up to 1 million Tutsis over a 100-day period ensued. It eventually ended in the form of a military victory by the Rwandan Patriotic Front, led by current Rwandan President Paul Kagame. Since then, former President Clinton has stated that the biggest failure of his presidency was not intervening to halt the genocide, and that if the United States had acted, it could have prevented a third of the deaths.
Our current Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, who served as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs at the time, has also expressed profound regret at not having done more to prevent the genocide, even asserting to Samantha Power in 2001, “I swore to myself that if I ever faced such a crisis again, I would come down on the side of dramatic action, going down in flames if that was required.”
What is never mentioned by these individuals is that at the exact same time one of the most devastating genocides of the post-Holocaust era was also taking place in North Korea, which at its peak claimed the lives of over 2,000 people a day. Over a three-year period, an estimated 3.5 million Korean lives were lost in spite of one of the largest international aid efforts in modern history. Though billions in aid was sent to North Korea, more than enough to feed the entire population, government and academic studies reveal that North Korea diverted the funds to strengthen its military while systematically preventing food from reaching the hardest-hit areas. [Forbes]
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