An excerpt from Mark Krikorian:
I know it won't come as any surprise to Corner readers, but Monday's front-page Post story on the North Korean gulag highlights yet again how loathesome that gangster regime is. The reporter's point appears to be that the United States needs to take a stronger stance against the Reds' barbaric treatment of their subjects. The hypocrisy — or just shallowness and stupidity — of human rights types was nicely summarized by one activist: "Tibetans have the Dalai Lama and Richard Gere, Burmese have Aung San Suu Kyi, Darfurians have Mia Farrow and George Clooney. North Koreans have no one like that."
And that's a big part of the problem with making human rights a central element of our foreign policy. It's inevitably going to be driven by the celebrity fad of the moment, whether Lord Byron and the Greeks in the 1820s, Hungary's Kossuth in the 1850s, or George Clooney today, and if a cause doesn't have a cute bumper sticker and catch the fancy of the Whole Foods crowd, it will be ignored.