It's guns and butter for North Korea

The world feeds them, they turn a gun on us. Enough already.

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When North Korea isn't rattling its saber, it's rattling its tin cup.

This reclusive nation -- one that has struck one of the most consistently defiant and aggressive postures against the rest of the world over the past several decades -- is now asking, pretty please, if it can have some food.

North Korea, you see, isn't just starving for freedom and progressive culture. Much of its 20 million people literally hunger for the nutritional staples to stay alive. A famine almost two decades ago killed an estimated 1 million people there. More recently, a harsh winter, a flood and a ravaging livestock disease has made bad times even harsher.

So the North Korean government has now ordered its diplomatic offices worldwide to seek help.

From The Washington Post: "The request has put the United States and other Western countries in the uncomfortable position of having to decide whether to ignore the pleas of a starving country or pump food into a corrupt distribution system that often gives food to those who need it least."

That sentence does an admirable job of framing the issue.

Few countries other than North Korea provide a more vivid example of the folly of throwing good money after bad when it comes to foreign aid.

In past efforts, North Korea has thrown up so many barriers at every step of the food distribution process that agencies can't tell for sure if the food is actually reaching the starving populace. Too often, the food has been suspected to have been diverted to the nation's military, gifted to elites or simply resold -- and away from famished families.

Despite knowing this, the Post reported, "As of two years ago, the U.S. government ranked as the largest food donor to North Korea, giving 170,000 tons between May 2008 and March 2009."

And while the starving nation was waiting hopefully on its new foodstuffs to arrive, they mustered enough energy this week to threaten military retaliation against South Korea -- again -- amid its joint military maneuvers with the United States.

Enough is enough. If North Korea wants another bite of food from America, it should show undoubtedly that it is prepared to join the world's enclave of peaceful nations.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 03/05/11 - 06:15 am
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The Communists have made such

The Communists have made such a mess of North Korea the Blue House in Seoul is wary of reunification. The people of South Korea, The Republic of Korea, would be hard hit economically having to recover this basket case of failed socialism.

While asking for help Pyongyang just a couple of days ago hit the south with a cyber attack. Crazy leaders. Let Michael Moore do his next documentary there when he wants to explain how the wealth of everyone belongs to the government and not individuals.

justfred
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justfred 03/05/11 - 08:17 am
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Let them eat cake....

Let them eat cake....

david jennings
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david jennings 03/05/11 - 03:41 pm
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What a miserable existence it

What a miserable existence it muust be living under a tyrant like the N.Koreans do.Im so thankful for this country.If we send our aid there I dont believe it will benefit the poor souls that are suffering the most and if we dont?Well,were not starving Kim Jong Ills people,he is.Surely there is a special place in Hell for people like him and Gadafi and Hitler etc.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 03/05/11 - 04:23 pm
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We need to build our food

We need to build our food reserves at home. Food shortages will affect all nations.

Chillen
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Chillen 03/05/11 - 07:16 pm
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Lets ask obama what he thinks

Lets ask obama what he thinks about all of this.

Oh, never mind, he's been playing golf again today. His 60th round since he took over as President.

Do the math. 1 hour there, 1 hour home, golf round 5 hours, chit chat another 2 hours. That is 9 hours of play - a full days work.

Do the math again, 60 nine hour days = 2 FULL MONTHS of work wasted playing golf.

Now, this doesn't factor in the multitudes of vacations, the parties, etc.

My friends, I think we have our first part time president. He is not serious about fixing America. He is too busy sucking up Presidential perks and wasting tax money.

Loser.

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 03/05/11 - 07:31 pm
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But Chillen, we don't think

But Chillen, we don't think his goal is fixing America, do we?

usapatriot
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usapatriot 03/05/11 - 09:24 pm
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We'll find out what Obama

We'll find out what Obama thinks...in a week or two.

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