|THE NORTH KOREAN |
August 26, 1997
in this forum:
How widespread is the famine? What causes the indifference in South Korea? How likely is another war? Shouldn't we defer to South Korea on questions of aid? How do I help? Wouldn't a free market economy end the famine? How accurate are food estimates in North Korea? How much has China helped its ally? What is being done to prevent future famines? Additional Comments...
August 5, 1997:
The NewsHour reports on new talks between North and South Korea brought about by widespread famine in the North.
June 11, 1997:
Margaret Warner discusses the state of North Korea with World Vision Vice President Andrew Natsios.
April 8, 1997:
Two Senators report on the state of the food crisis in North Korea after returning from the region.
February 11, 1997:
The former U.S. ambassador to South Korea discusses the recent labor unrest there and the famine in North Korea.
December 31, 1996
Charles Krause leads a discussion with two experts on recent tensions between North and South Korea.
November 29, 1996
Rep. Bill Richardson (D-NM) brought home an American man who was being held in North Korea.
May 21, 1996
Facing the real possibility of famine, North Korea's government has allowed United Nations relief officials into what are normally closed borders.
From James Lee of Hayward, CA:
Is the food we are providing really going to the hungry people?
I think the North Korea is a bully without a shame. They are saying to the world "I will not hit you if you give me food". My dad visited the North Korea 5 years ago, and he cried when he saw the people suffering. He saw the government officers being well fed while majority of the people were starving. We never know if the food we are sending to the North Korea is actually going to the people who are starving. North Korea is still accumulating a great military power, and I don't think the government is really interested in the peace talk. They will come to the table to squeeze out more food and pretend as if they care about the peace talk as long as they can drag on. I feel very sorry for the people in the North Korea. However if we do not know where the food aid is going, and if the government is threatening the world for more food, what is the real meaning of the food aid?
From Paul Arnold of Raymore, MO:
It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that communism has failed again as it has and will in country after country. If we do anything, we should provide a means for the common people of Korea to defend themselves from their communist government. Simply sending food will of course feed their dictators and armies - and if anything is left the children might get a small percentage.
The U.N. is a useless organization, full of hot air, and unfortunately funded by the U.S.A.
Only when the oppressed people of Korea rise up against communism will they taste freedom and prosperity! We need to help them in that direction....
From David A. Johnson of Chico, CA :
Communist countries are alike in that they want to dominate there neighbors. If No. Korea wants help from there foes, then they must give up there government as Russia did and join the free world.
From Jerry Galvin of New York:
When and only when North Korea releases the almost 8,000 American Prisoners of War being held against their will should we supply food to the North. Remember these same people starved to death many many American Prisoners of War.