“At the Carter Center we work with victims of oppression, and we give support to human rights heroes.” – Jimmy Carter
Two days ago Kim Jong Il, the murderous, oppressive, tyrant who ruled North Korea left this life and entered eternity. Barring a death-bed conversion that I know nothing about, Kim likely didn’t fair to well in the moments following his entrance to eternity.
At the time we posted “Kim Jong Il is Dead” and noted that it is a sad thing for a person, created in the image of God, to live a life of rebellion against God and oppression of his fellow men. It is a sad thing for that person to enter unrepentantly into eternity. It brings us no joy.
That said, we are certainly glad he is gone – because it likely brings us closer to freedom for the oppressed peoples of North Korea.
At the end of the post I made three predictions: (1) Kim Jong Un, the new leader, would not last a year; (2) China would face economic calamity and social unrest all its own, and would not prop up the North Korean regime; and (3) Jimmy Carter would work tirelessly to prop up the regime.
I wonder if Jimmy Carter reads my blog. Right on cue, he issued a statement of condolences to Kim Jong Un: Ex-President Carter extends Condolences to Kim Jong-Un.
Now, I can give Carter a pass for expressing condolences. I would have hopped the message would have been something like this: “your father was an oppressive murderer and is most likely burning in hell right now – and you will do the same if you follow his path.” Sometimes people need to hear the truth. But, I can still accept Carter’s expression to a mourning son.
The statement goes further though. From the article: “In the message Jimmy Carter extended condolences to Kim Jong Un and the Korean people over the demise of leader Kim Jong Il. He wished Kim Jong Un every success as he assumes his new responsibility of leadership, looking forward to another visit to [North Korea] in the future.” [emphasis added]
Right on cue Jimmy, right on cue. He wishes Kim Jong Un every success? This is delusional. What exactly does he thing success means for Kim Jong Un – other than a continued oppression of the North Korean people?
The article goes on: “The former U.S. president also downplayed a 2010 North Korean attack on a South Korean island and disclosure of a uranium enrichment facility, saying the acts were merely ‘designed to remind the world that they deserve respect in negotiations that will shape their future.'” That’s right, he “downplayed” North Korean attacks against South Korea and its uranium enrichment activities.
Does Jimmy Carter love the Kims? Does he love their oppression, their communism, their assault against human rights? When Jimmy Carter says he “works with victims of oppression” maybe he’s implying that the U.S. has oppressed North Korea and he wants to help the regime fight off the evil land of freedom that kicked him out of office back in 1980. When he says he “gives support to human rights heroes” maybe he means brutal tyrants who stand up against the oppressive ideals of freedom and self-determination. I’m not sure how else to reconcile his statements.