I haven’t written here in nearly a year. Three hundred and forty eight days, if you include today. I have not been idle in all that time. Some, not all. I have been writing a great deal, some of my best work I think. If you want to read it it’s over on writeisland.wordpress.com; It’s fiction, sci-fi, horror, crime noir, paranoid fiction. Lots of short stories, serialized.
If you enjoy that kinda thing by all means head on over.
I thought it was time to come back here and again write about the real world. The real world is a nice place that has some insanely horrible things happen in it, often because of our own hubris, or stupidity, or insanity, or … something. Things that the best fiction writers could not come up on their best days.
Let’s get started.
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My last post, almost a year ago, was written about the fun things that occur on the Korean peninsula. So why not start where I left off, give you some level of continuity with news coverage.
It seems that Kim Jong-un is committing crimes against humanity. He has between eighty and one hundred and twenty thousand political prisoners held in four locations. He uses starvation as a form of punishment in these prison camps. The system of resource allocation that the DPRK uses causes “avoidable” starvation among the population.
Some media outlets are using the word Nazi in reference to the treatment of the people of North Korea. The head of the UN commission has detailed all the crimes in a downloadable document you can get directly from the U.N. here, and I must tell you it is a compelling read about a place that exactly fits every negative aspect of the word orwellian.
The worst part about this? We know, not just presume they are doing bad things to their people along with Japanese and South Koreans, but know they are doing it. So what happens next?
Not a god damned thing.
Hua Chunying, spokeswoman for the Chinese foreign ministry has called the report “Unreasonable criticism” and the reporting I have read, from the NYT and the VOA, China will veto any action by the U.N. in this matter. According to the NYT, She said “We believe that taking human rights violations to the International Criminal Court is not helpful in improving a country’s human rights situation.”
…Is not helpful…
If that isn’t helpful, if removing the problem by putting the people who are systematically raping and killing it’s own people and starving and torturing those they don’t do that to, what does work? Asking nicely? Saying “Pretty please, with sugar on top?”
Note that in nothing that I have quoted, or seen, they never say that North Korea is innocent. They are saying that, “yes, they are guilty.” But they are also saying “We don’t care what you think, we condone this behavior.”
They sound like criminals protecting other criminals. Because they are. By not helping bring the perpetrators of crimes against humanity to justice, they become guilty of aiding and abetting that criminal activity.
By protecting the North Koreans, the Chinese themselves are guilty of crimes against humanity.
And by being so weak as to not be able to do anything about it, the United Nations proves itself a useless body when it comes to the dispensation of justice on a global level against any real criminal activity.
Crying damn shame. But at the same time I can say that I am happy that I live in a country where those kinda things don’t happen. Because of the eternal vigilance of it’s people.
At least not yet. Today things are fine, but the road ahead is murky, as always.
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I don’t know if I’m back to doing this here every day, but I know I won’t be ignoring it for another 348 days.
I’ll write to you again soon, America. Catch you later.