Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., has long been a leading voice on Capitol Hill on the plight of the North Korean people under leader Kim Jong Il. In a commentary in The New York Sun, Brownback rightly suggested the global focus during this missile crisis should be on more than North Korean nukes. “We should not simply treat the North Korean regime as a permanent feature of the geopolitical landscape. Instead we should set a longer-term goal to spread democracy across the entire Korean peninsula.” Of course, that’s a sobering thought, given how spreading democracy is going in the Middle East and central Asia right now. More immediately, Brownback suggests we encourage China and other nations to help fleeing North Koreans find safe haven in United States, South Korea or elsewhere.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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