When last we heard from the worst president of the twentieth century, Jimmy Carter was accusing the nation he once led of human rights violations:
Carter also used his trip to North Korea to observe the country’s food rationing system. That the United States and South Korea have chosen “to deliberately withhold food aid to the North Korean people because of political or military issues not related is really indeed a human rights violation,” he said.
Carter had traveled to North Korea to meet with Communist Party leader Kim Jong-il, but that meeting did not take place as he had hoped. Instead, he met with regime functionaries and came back to the West convinced of their good will.
Guess Jimmy wasn’t aware that the regime has a practice of siphoning off Western food aid to “to support Kim’s military forces.” Commenting on the Democrat’s visit to North Korea, the editors of the Wall Street Journal mince no wordst:
So let’s see. Kim Jong Il runs a dungeon of a nation whose policies cause repeated famines, but the U.S. and South Korea are morally obliged to alleviate the consequences of those policies even if this means helping the dungeon masters maintain control so they can cause more famines.
Wouldn’t it make more moral sense to try to depose the dungeon masters, or at least speak out against them? But Mr. Carter says he can’t do anything about the North Koreans, so he denounces his own country in sharper language than he dares to use against a regime that murders and imprisons its own people.
Yesterday, the New York Times reported something that a champion of human rights would clearly denounce: “North Korea’s work farms and prison factories” considered by “human rights experts” to “the world’s most notorious” are “massive and growing”:
New satellite images and firsthand accounts from former political prisoners and former jailers in North Korea have confirmed the enormous scale and bleak conditions of the penal system in the secretive North, according to a report released Wednesday by the human rights group Amnesty International.
Former inmates at the political labor camp at Yodok, North Korea, said they were frequently tortured and had been forced to watch the executions of fellow prisoners, the report said, noting that the North’s network of political prisons is estimated to hold 200,000 inmates.
(Via Instapundit.) Wonder if Jimmy brought these prisons up with the Norks. Seems he was more interested in condemning the West than in taking against inhuman conditions in a Communist country. When “asked by the South Korean media whether he believes there are human rights problems in North Korea“, the Democrat replied that he had “’concerns’ but North Korea’s policies ‘cannot be changed by outsiders.’”
Maybe the ex-president believes if he goes soft on the North’s human rights’ violations, he won’t be snubbed the next time he’s in Pyongyang.