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Hostage Watch



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The story of the Japanese kidnapped by North Korea continues to develop in a predictable manner. Although the five surviving abductees are now in Japan, their families continue to be held by Kim Jong Il’s regime and little progress is being reported in the attempts to free them. In a disgusting display of chutzpah, the North Korean government is now complaining that the abductees have not been returned to the country that kidnapped them. The North Korean leadership seem offended by the notion that the five, as Japanese citizens, have the right to choose for themselves whether to remain in their homeland. Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised. Allowing people to decide things for themselves is not something that Communists can be expected to understand.



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