Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Unspeakable

  • Print

Sometime in the next week, North Korea is expected to launch a ballistic missile intended to carry a satellite into space. That seems innocent enough, but the launch is in violation of agreements reached with the United States and the United Nations, and the Americans suspect it is, in truth, a test launch of a missile that could deliver a nuclear payload in a future attack on the U.S.

That is not a far-fetched fantasy. North Korea has had one of the world's most erratic and brutally totalitarian governments through three generations of rule by the Kim family, beginning with Kim Il Sung (the Great and Glorious Leader), his son, Kim Jong Il (the Dear Leader) and his grandson, Kim Jong Un, who is expected to be affirmed as president today (and will then, one assumes, be bestowed with an equally endearing byname).

Washington has already warned Pyongyang that if the satellite launch takes place, it will negate a deal reached in February that saw America agree to provide 240,000 tons of food aid to North Korea in exchange for that country's commitment to refrain from testing missiles and nuclear weapons.

Clearly, Pyongyang's Communist bureaucracy does not care. North Koreans have gone hungry for years so the regime can profit. There is an abundance of evidence, in fact, that the satellite launch will be followed by the country's third test of a nuclear weapon, which will bring down even more severe sanctions and more deprivation.

It is good policy to support the people while opposing the government that oppresses them, but when a nation has had its tongue cut out by its government, as North Korea has, it is the duty of the international community to speak for it.

Editorials are the consensus view of the Winnipeg Free Press’ editorial board, comprising Catherine Mitchell, David O’Brien and Paul Samyn.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 10, 2012 A10

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Winnipeg Cheapskate: Cheap summer weekends

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Horses enjoy a beautiful September morning east of Neepawa, Manitoba  - Standup Photo– Sept 04, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • STDUP ‚Äì Beautiful West End  begins it's summer of bloom with boulevard s, front yards  and even back lane gardens ,  coming alive with flowers , daisies and poppies  dress up a backyard lane on Camden St near Wolseley Ave  KEN GIGLIOTTI  / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS  /  June 26 2012

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Will you miss Grandma Elm?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google