Time to do a human-rights post.
On A16 of today's WSJ, author Shin Dong-hyok briefly narrates his experience as a recent North Korean prisoner. Shocking? Read on.
"I was born a prisoner on Nov. 19, 1982, and until two years ago, North Korea's Political Prison Camp No. 14 was the only place I had ever called home." Chilling first sentence.
"Under North Korea's "Three Generation Rule," up to three generations of the criminal's family must be imprisoned as traitors." I guess the Great Leader takes Ex. 20:5b a bit too literally.
After being "tortured severely for seven months," he bears physical and emotional scars: "On Nov. 29, 1996, my mother and brother were found guilty of treason [he still cannot figure out what this 'crime' was] and sentenced to public execution. I was taken outside and forced to witness their deaths."
Why are we even considering this idolatrous regime as having a possibility of being good? This did not stop with Dong-hyok: "Today, tens of thousands are suffering silently in government-sponsored political prison camps in North Korea. Inmates...often fight with one another in hopes of getting one more meal...Women often undergo forced abortions and children have no childhood."
Dong-hyok writes from Seoul. "We must become their voice." Amen.