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'From fanaticism to barbarism is only one step' - Diderot

Sunday, 1 February 2004

Thank your lucky stars that you don't live in North Korea

I wrote (scroll down the page from this link to find the article) in early January last year about the real danger I suspect North Korea poses and why it is being treated more cautiously than it was being contemplated Iraq could be dealt with last year at the time.

This evening I have been watching a very interesting programme 'Access to Evil' about a visit to North Korea by journalist Olenka Frenkel, shown on BBC2. All visits to that country are by specific invitation from the authorities there. The invitation was, it seems, extended so that the 'truth' (as the North Korean government sees it) could be told.

Olenka Frankel also had an article today in the Sunday Telegraph in advance of this evening's broadcast. Read the article and prepare to be shocked. Half-way through it you will probably be wondering how the person she interviewed, formerly a North Korean intelligence agent and before that head of security at Prison Camp 22, could possibly be relating what he was revealing in so seemingly calm a way. Read the final paragraph for the explanation - it is both sad and chilling.

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