Recently, as a new president has taken office, there has been a shift in the view of North Korean people. Instead of acknowledging the discrimination, the hatred and the violence, people see the oppression endured by the North Koreans as a result of their unwillingness to take action.

According to an article posted by Human Rights Watch, North Korean officials have consistently pressured people against rebellion with threats of torture and threats of harm or death to family members or loved ones. The victims in North Korea have been brainwashed to view United States intervention on human rights as a malicious act, and thus appear not to want U.S. aid.

It is this ignorance that has caused much of the West to view those people as not worth saving. However, they are still human and respond to their difficult environment as any other person would. It is important not to judge or make assumptions about their actions, but rather to understand the rationale behind it.

It is our moral obligation as a nation to help those who get oppressed. Regarding North Korea, we must put aside the falsified image that we have created and recognize the inhumanity of the situation. Once we throw aside our ignorance, we, people of freedom, can take adequate action to end the oppression and help others achieve it.

Ishwar Ramesh, Bloomington

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