The Committee for Human Rights estimates that, at any given time, North Korea holds approximately 200,000 of its own people in a system of concentration and detention camps.  In just the past ten years, 400,000 people have died in those camps from torture, starvation, disease and execution.  An endless supply of the living to replace the dead.  These reports indicate that in that same period of time, North Korea has allowed between 2,000,000 and 2,500,000 of its people to starve to death while its government squandered the nation’s resources on weapons of aggression and luxuries for its ruling elite.  North Korea’s oppression and politically targeted starvation of its people collectively constitute the world’s greatest ongoing atrocity, and certainly the most catastrophic anywhere on earth since the end of the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979.

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In July 1995, the Bosnian Serbs launched an attack on the Bosnian town of Srebrenica, ending with the deaths of approximately 8,000 civilians in the Srebrenica massacre. After the horrifying events at Srebrenica, 16 nations met at the London Conference, beginning on July 21, 1995. As a result of the conference, UN Secretary General gave the UN military commander, the authority to request NATO air strikes without consulting civilian UN officials, as a way to streamline the process.  As a result of the conference,  the UN agreed to use NATO air strikes in response to attacks on any of the other safe areas in Bosnia. The participants at the conference also agreed in \ to the use of large-scale NATO air strikes in response to future acts of aggression by Serbs.

Largely as a result of the bombing under Operation Deliberate Force and changes in the battlefield situation, the belligerents in the Bosnian War met in Dayton, Ohio in November 1995, and signed the Dayton Accords, a peace treaty. As part of the accords, NATO agreed to provide 60,000 peacekeepers for the region, as part of the Implementation Force (IFOR). In December 1995, under Operation Joint Endeavor, NATO deployed these forces. These forces remained deployed until December 1996, when those remaining in the region were transferred to the Stabilization Force (SFOR). SFOR peacekeepers remained in Bosnia until 2004.

If eight thousand deaths is a tragedy, then how do we classify 40,000 deaths?  Not once, but 40,000 every year.  For that is how many are dying in the Korean Concentration camps.  Do we classify people whose skin is brown less than white skinned people are?

Yes, people of South Korea are at risk.  But a full-scale attack by the joint forces of South Korea and America could keep casualties down to a few thousand.  That is one tenth of the number killed, beaten, starved, tortured every year in the North Korean camps.

We need to put this in perspective.  We need to act NOW.

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