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Re: “Understanding North Korea

Unlike some of those who have posted comments to this timely article, I haven't lived and deeply breathed the questions and dilemmas that Ms Wentz describes - and that committed advocates for justice and reconciliation on all sides of this issue seek to illuminate concerning the true nature of the humanitarian crisis inside North Korea, its relationship with the South, its neighbors and the US.

The author of this article has done a valuable service by providing an essential perspective from those working for reconciliation, even if the viewpoints highlighted in this article are critical of the more interventionist arguments set forth by other rights advocates. Without denying the extent of the humanitarian crisis in NK and the political abuses that surely exist there as much as they also exist within our own (US) government, let's remember that the line between aggressively exercising sanctions (along the lines of right-to-protect) and violating state sovereignty is often thin, and it is our poor and vulnerable people who suffer most in each case.

Certainly we all have our personal interests, agendas and world-views through which we experience what is going on in the Korean peninsula and regionally. But how do villification, demonizing and character assassination via blogosphere contribute meaningfully to justice and reconciliation?

It is important that we hear the voices Ms Wentz highlights. I am hopeful that the openness to re-opening six-party dialogue on the Track I level is also modeled among the courageous and concerned parties here.

Posted by Eirene on 11/06/2009 at 1:32 PM

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