North Korea's 'special' meat

As North Korea continues to collapse ever further toward the event horizon of socialism's black hole, horrific stories continue to leak out to the Western media. Refugees who have fled the workers' paradise are reporting incidents of cannibalism at an increasingly frequent rate.

Aid agencies are alarmed by refugees' reports that children have been killed and corpses cut up by people desperate for food. Requests by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to be allowed access to "farmers' markets", where human meat is said to be traded, have been turned down by Pyongyang, citing "security reasons".

Anyone caught selling human meat faces execution, but in a report compiled by the North Korean Refugees Assistance Fund (NKRAF), one refugee said: "Pieces of 'special' meat are displayed on straw mats for sale. People know where they came from, but they don't talk about it."

It is not just corpses of the dead that are being used for caloric content, but living children are also possibly being killed for food.

Another witness, named only as Lee, 54, said he feared that his missing grandsons, aged eight and 11, had been killed for food. As he searched widely for them, they boys' friends said they had vanished near a market.

Mr Lee said police who raided a nearby restaurant found body parts. The business's owners were shot.

The contradiction of human societies is that whenever an attempt is made to ensure a well-fed populace by fiat, starvation and famine inevitably result, whether by misery or by design. But when individuals are given freedom to carry out voluntary exchange and form civil associations through the securing of property rights, food becomes available in heaps and bounds, and oodles and stacks. Those in lower income groups become more plump than the rest. Excessive thinness becomes an affliction of the middle and upper classes.

Only in places in which some authority takes power to 'fairly distribute basic resources' such as food do people lack it. Only in nations in which the individual is given second-standing and regarded as a mere accessory toward the greater evolution of the state does the human condition sink to the abominable depths of animal savagery. Only in such hells on Earth does it become necessary to remind people not to eat their children.

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Sure North Korea's

Sure North Korea's unthinkable human rights violations are untolerable, but no one really cares. South Korean youth are protesting at the gates of our bases, the economy still hasn't recovered, and the Iraqi citizens are whining b/c they are too lazy to fix their own damn country.

How is the U.S. going to fix this problem? The answer should be that United Nations, China and Russia are going to fix it, but that's just a fantasy for diplomats and rock stars.

The way I see it, the ruthless behavoir in N. Korea is going to continue for a long time, and no one is going to do anything about it.

The tragedy of this behavior

The tragedy of this behavior is not that the govt is doing it; sure, Lil Kim has done plenty of bad things in his reign. Rather, the tragedy is that common everyday people are resorting to barbarism because of the constraints of the system in which they live. It doesn't have to be like that.

What the solution to the North Korean problem is I don't know. The lesson we can learn is to not let the same thing happen in our own countries.

The US is too focused on

The US is too focused on Kobe and Lacy Peterson to shift it's attention to such potentially nasty trivia. We're more likely to take a sudden unprecedented interest in flopcharm dinner bells and the mercury content in polyphonic diffenbachia roots than Korean cannibals.