ALWAYS OUR FAULT – Sometimes, according to “The New York Times”, hunger just mysteriously happens, like an act of God, in Venezuela, for example. Other times, hunger happens and it’s our fault, like in North Korea:

[The] stories show — and as I have seen during my 16 visits to North Korea in the past decade — hunger remains a way of life there. Forty-one percent of North Koreans, about 10.5 million people, are undernourished, and 28 percent of children under 5 years old have stunted growth. When my 4-year-old daughter visited Pyongyang in 2013, she, all of three feet, towered over children twice her age.

The hunger is devastating. And it’s our fault.

Led by the United States, the international community is crippling North Korea’s economy. In August and September, the United Nations Security Council passed resolutions banning exports of coal, iron, lead, seafood and textiles and limiting the import of crude oil and refined petroleum products. The United States, Japan and South Korea have each imposed bilateral sanctions on Pyongyang to further isolate the country.

We are trying to inflict pain on the North Korean regime to stop the development of nuclear weapons and missiles. That’s understandable. But in the process, we are also punishing the most vulnerable citizens and shackling the ability of humanitarian agencies to deliver aid to them.

That North Korea cannot feed its people on its own is not new. It was the catastrophic famine in the 1990s that caused the reclusive government to open itself to international aid. Despite recent improvements in the nation’s food-production capacity, frequent natural disasters such as floods and droughts still cause severe food shortages.

Floods and droughts cause shortages, communism causes famine. Communism means a country like North Korea cannot produce enough food to feed its people. Communism means it’s not interested in feeding its people, because building nuclear weapons is much more important. Communism means that one neo-Stalinist baby cretin is more important than 25 million of his slaves. None of this is our fault.