Better Angels

"...all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature." ---Abraham Lincoln, First Innaugural Address

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

North Korea...Again

Intrepid Moon investigator John Gorenfeld posted this story about one of Moon's businesses sold nuclear subs to North Korea. (via Atrios, ur, Duncan) I shook my head in amazement and decided to mosey on over to the Congressional Record to see how ol' Sammy Brownback's North Korea Freedom Act was faring. (You remember the NKFA, don'tcha?)
I usually check the CR every day, but the last few weeks were a whirlwind of summer fun and pre-camp preparations around chez-Biblio, so I had missed the last congressional session on July 22. And what a session it was: the House version of the NKFA was passed by the house and sent to the Senate. The Congress resumes on September 7th, so I will keep an eye out for any developments.
Let's recap: our representatives coronate the mad theocrat who sells WMDs to the mad dictator, allowing the "church" said theocrat leads to prosper here in the US, while passing a bill that would authorize spending millions of our tax dollars to broadcast American propaganda into North Korea, a land, for the most part, without radios. (That's where the radios floating over the border come in. 99 red balloons...)That's in addition to the millions of our tax dollars that would be given to non-governmental groups operating outside North Korea. There are myriad groups who would likely compete for this money, many of which seem to view converting North Koreans to Christianity to be of more importance than feeding them.
Call or write your senators. Refer them to the points raised in this article, and this one. Let them know why this bill is a bad idea and why cracking down on the Unification Church instead is a good one.