A Community Without a Conscience
Topic: Decline of the West
Among the many excellent reasons to treat the term “world community” as an offensive oxymoron is the continued existence of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea—North Korea in common parlance. Last week the UN’s Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea released a horrific report on conditions of life in that country. The report documented “a wide array of crimes against humanity,” perpetrated at the instigation of the highest levels of government. These crimes include “extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearance of persons and the inhumane act of knowingly causing prolonged starvation.”
But of course the “world community” largely ignores these crimes against humanity.
To be sure, addressing the “unspeakable atrocities” being inflicted on the people of North Korea by their own government would be inconvenient and perhaps costly. Here in America we do not lack for voices, sounding from both the political left and the political right, peevish and insistent in their demand that the United States should mind its own business and not act as “the world’s policeman.” And the North Korean regime also has its defenders, mostly on the extreme Left. Here, for example, is an apologia for North Korea penned by one Niccolo Caldararo and posted on The Daily Kos. Caldararo, I was not particularly surprised to learn, is an adjunct professor of anthropology at San Francisco State University.
There’s little to choose between the isolationists, who insist that crimes against humanity aren’t our problem, and the apologists, who deny that the crimes are even happening. Both groups, for their very different reasons, are willing to stand by and do nothing while the North Korean government commits monstrous crimes against its own people. Meanwhile, what about the “world community”? It’s just the same. The North Korean regime has its apologists—China, Venezuela, Cuba, Syria, the Palestinians—but it benefits even more from the blank unwillingness of responsible nations to acknowledge its crimes and act accordingly. It should be recorded to the lasting shame of Jimmy Carter that he, a former president of the United States, took it upon himself to negotiate with North Korea over its nuclear program. This happened during the Clinton Administration. Some people, I suppose, will do anything for a shot at the Nobel Peace Prize. President George W. Bush was clear-eyed enough to categorize North Korea with the Axis of Evil—but for his trouble he was reviled by liberals, progressives and leftists who professed themselves horrified at such a crude formulation. Wherever you look around the world—the EU, Japan, even South Korea—there is the same refusal to point the finger and cry: “I accuse!”
What is worse, while a conspiracy of silence surrounds the North Korean regime’s numberless crimes against humanity, the “world community” is engaged in a jihad against the State of Israel—falsely charging it with crimes like “extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment” of which the leaders of North Korea are actually guilty. And most repulsive of all, the Palestine Liberation Organization is numbered among North Korea’s international supporters!
Remember all this the next time someone uses the term “world community” or starts bleating that Israel is committing genocide against the Palestinian Arabs, or (like our distinguished Secretary of State) claims that climate change is a “weapon of mass destruction. But don’t laugh—it’s not really a laughing matter.
Posted by tmg110
at 12:48 PM EST
Updated: Friday, 28 February 2014 12:40 PM EST