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The Ghastly Hellhole of Camp 14

doofiegirl BTO-t- BCRA-F ~PWCM~ 2012/05/11 13:21:37
Many Americans tend to disregard this type of story as untrue because they can not imagine that one human being could possibly be so inhumane to another. They tend to forget that other cultures do not think like Americans! Life is Not sacred!

SHIN DONG-HYUK grew up in North Korea's Camp 14, one of the monstrous slave-labor prison complexes in which the world's most tyrannical regime has crushed hundreds of thousands of its citizens, working them to death in conditions of excruciating brutality and degradation. Though the North Korean concentration camps have lasted far longer than their Soviet or Nazi counterparts did, Shin is the first person born and raised in one of them to have successfully escaped abroad. His story is told in journalist Blaine Harden's Escape from Camp 14, a heart-crushing reminder that man's inhumanity to man has no limit.

It is a book filled with harrowing passages. At the age of six, Shin was forced to watch as one of his classmates -- a short, slight, pretty girl -- was beaten to death by their teacher when he discovered five kernels of corn in her pocket. When Shin accidentally dropped a sewing machine while working at the camp's garment factory, half of his middle finger was chopped off as punishment. Time and again he sees other inmates maimed or killed when they are forced to work under appallingly dangerous conditions. And time and again he joins in collective punishment, unhesitatingly obeying when ordered to slap and beat a classmate or some other prisoner singled out for abuse and discipline.Harden's book is gripping and enlightening. Yet not even the most gifted writer can fully convey what it means to grow up in a Camp 14 -- a realm in which "love and mercy and family were words without meaning," in which betrayal was routine and compassion unknown. How does a human being overcome such damage? Grisly physical scars mark Shin's body, Harden writes, but there are severe psychological scars too. He struggles to show affection and to trust other people; to be capable of sympathy and sadness.There is no cruelty so depraved that people cannot be induced to do it, or to look the other way while it is being done. Escape from Camp 14 reconfirms what we have known for years: North Korea's rulers brutalize their people with unparalleled and bloody barbarity. Why do we find it so easy to look the other way?

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  • Boomer 2012/05/11 14:05:26
    Boomer
    Because Americans are spoiled idiots who think that TV is real, they are stupid and ignorant to the point of being tools to the left pigs in our political system. They don't have a fu*ken clue what it is like to be under the heel of a communist and brutal regime, that is why you have sorry ass liberal schmucks who puke forth the BS of Che, Moa and Castro.

    I was fortunate that I left Cuba when I was 4 and did not experience the communist life as
    some of my relatives have and some have even lost their lives there fighting the cruelty in Cuba. And then you have the brain dead morons here who actually don't have a CLUE that Obama and his bastards are no different then the dirt bag communist I mentioned above.
  • alanh 2012/05/11 13:58:26
    alanh
    +1
    What do you think we should do? We have no relationship with N Korea and are constantly warning them to stop these and other kinds of problems. The only other thing to do would be invade. Is that what you are suggesting? Just thinking out loud. Its is an extremely tough decision to make.
  • doofieg... alanh 2012/05/11 17:51:11
    doofiegirl  BTO-t- BCRA-F ~PWCM~
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    I just think we ought to be aware of what we are inviting into this country! Our interference there would change nothing! American people seem to believe that other cultures think like we do------------they don't, and never will!That's why I fear Sharia law creeping into our judicial system, and our country giving in to the demands of China , etc. Life means Nothing to these people! Power means all; control is king!They do Not understand the most basic concept of freedom!
  • alanh doofieg... 2012/05/11 19:48:07
    alanh
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    I totally agree with you. I have some dear friends that escaped from Vietnam in very small crowded boats and they tell some horrible stories about the Communist regime that they escaped from. Not one of them is asking for a handout or Govt assistance. Some are working 7 days a week at multiple jobs to survive and they all love this
    country. If only all Americans would love this country and work half as hard as these people we would be much better off. Instead we have so many looking for there next handout and bitching about "the Rich" not paying there fair share. Those liberals should have to live just one month in a communist country! It might change there outlook on Freedom and our great nation. Thank you Doofiegirl for a great post. God Bless!

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