The European Union has voted 100 euros in food aid for North Korea, under certain conditions of control of its distribution to the needy starving North Koreans, in other words, a good bookkeeping exercise from port to point of distribution by the EU itself.
It boggles the mind as to the delay in aiding the starving in North Korea. High mindedness and tsk, tsk, tsking surely played a part in denying until humanitarian aid. And of course politics, especially the 800 pound bully known as the US, who keep unearthing the red herring that any food goes to the pampered, well fed military that props up Kim Jong il & co.
As GuamDiary has observed, North Korea has had a similar arrangement with NGOs for years now. Consider the US Mercy Corp. which has done yeoman’s work in distributing food from port to household pot until the US cut off the food aid it gave Mercy in 2008. At that time, the right wing Lee Myung bak became president of South Korea, and he did the same. To force North Korea to bend to these two countries’ will, they coordinated draconian demands and policies which only worsened the food shortages in the North. Not only that, they blamed Kim for natural disasters which ruined crops, in cynical pursuit of a propaganda war.
Now the EU has had a change of heart it seems after slavishly following the Obama administration’s tune. How fast it will act is open to question. We should forget that the road to hell is often paved with the elevated ‘ideals’ of the supposed virtuous US and ROK and the UK.
It’s time to feed the starving North Koreans!