Thursday, March 23, 2006

N.Korean defector says disabled newborns are killed

North Korea has no people with physical disabilities because they are killed almost as soon as they are born, a physician who defected from the communist state said on Wednesday.

Ri Kwang-chol, who fled to the South last year, told a forum of rights activists that the practice of killing newborns was widespread but denied he himself took part in it.

"There are no people with physical defects in North Korea," Ri told members of the New Right Union, which groups local activists and North Korean refugees.

He said babies born with physical disabilities were killed in infancy in hospitals or in homes and were quickly buried.

The practice is encouraged by the state, Ri said, as a way of purifying the masses and eliminating people who might be considered "different."

[…] North Korea has called itself a people's paradise and said criticism of its human rights was motivated by a goal of toppling the leadership of Kim Jong-il.
(Read the whole article here.)

Now you know why we should never have included North Korea in the Axis of Evil. See! It turns out that they are just like us; the only difference is that they wait until after the children are born. You say to-may-to; I say to-mah-to; let’s call the whole war off.