The Crescent Report

June 17, 2009

To the Leadership of North Korea: the Worship of Power is a Form of Shirk

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , — Imam Mahdi Bray @ 5:19 pm

By MAS Freedom Civil and Human Rights Director, Ibrahim Abdil-Mu’id Ramey

As one of 16 members of a delegation invited to visit the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) some 20-years ago, when it was under the leadership of North Korean state founder President Kim II-sung, I was keenly aware that as a U.S. “peace” activist, I had been invited to undergird North Korean opposition to U.S. nuclear weapons that were, at the time, deployed in South Korea. I supported the withdrawal of these nukes from the Korean Peninsula, and considered them to be a grave provocation and potential threat to the North.

Although not allowed to speak with political dissidents or visit the notorious labor camps in which they are confined, myself and my fellow delegates were treated to lavish receptions in villages and cities throughout the country as the DPRK strove to impress us with their accomplishments in science, architecture and industry.

That was then, as they say, and this is now; the nuclear threat on the Korean Peninsula today is far more ominous – the DPRK has now embarked on its own nuclear arms race. (more)

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