The Efficacy of International Institutions

Posted: May 5, 2011 in Songs of Space and Nuclear War
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The NYT reports on North Korea’s prisoner camp gulag.

I’m sure Dear Leader is reviewing his metrics, perhaps as we speak: he’s estimated to hold over 200,000 political prisoners.

From space, the camps are clearly visible and growing.  The reaction?

“For decades, the [North Korean]authorities have refused to admit to the existence of mass political prison camps. These are places out of sight of the rest of the world.” The report says that almost all of the human rights protections that international law has tried to set up for the past 60 years “are ignored.”  

Such a statement reflects what a bad actor (full of resolve, backed by China, and possessing nuclear weapons) can do regardless of the rule of law, international pressure and sanctions, and/or the presence of Jimmy Carter.

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