December 3, 2005


U.S. cancels food aid to North Korea (Nicholas Kralev, December 3, 2005, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

The Bush administration has canceled a planned shipment of 25,000 tons of food aid to North Korea later this month, citing concerns that the food will not reach those who need it.

"We still think there are serious humanitarian needs in North Korea, but we cannot continue to supply food if we cannot even minimally assure that it will reach its intended recipients," the State Department said yesterday. [...]

The WFP program delivers about half a million tons of food a year in North Korea and aims to feed about 6.5 million of the nation's 22.5 million people.

To our discredit, we killed half a million Iraqis via sanbctions before having the decencvy to just change the regime instead--we oughtn't make the same mistake in North Korea.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 3, 2005 7:58 AM

"..we killed half a million Iraqis via sanctions.."

Camel pucky. Saddam killed them by refusing to comply with UN resolutions.

Posted by: Axel Kassel at December 3, 2005 8:13 AM

Who are we to argue with the Left?

Posted by: oj at December 3, 2005 8:24 AM

You don't give the goodies to Stalin for distribution to the peasants. While it is a horrible choice, we have been feeding them since 1994 (perhaps longer) and if they want to maintain the pipeline, then let us distribute the food within their borders. Otherwise, no more.

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 3, 2005 10:14 AM

I agree completely with Jim on this; if North Korea cannot trust Americans within its borders, they cannot expect us to enable the tyrants with our aid. Especially considering that Kim Jong Il, in a speech given in 1996, said "Only 30% of the population would need to survive to reconstruct a victorious society." - in another words, the pleas are made less to help the people than to get the goodies from the wealthy nations of the world. Like we haven't seen this before.

Posted by: John Barrett Jr. at December 3, 2005 2:56 PM

Saddam killed them by refusing to comply with UN resolutions.

And we enforced those resolutions on the backs of the Iraqi people, instead of on Saddam's back.

Posted by: Timothy at December 3, 2005 3:14 PM

Unfortunately, given the regional situation, an Iraq-style solution is not an option. I'm sorry that innocent North Koreans must suffer, but I don't want another bite of food aid to be sent to their military and apparatchiks, because you know that's who gets it. If they have the resources to build missiles and nukes they should be able to handle farming.

Posted by: PapayaSF at December 3, 2005 4:51 PM