I read an article this morning about President Moon of South Korea approving an aid package to North Korea. They decided to send it because of the food shortages in the north. South Korea is full of good hearted people who want to help the people in North Korea. They don’t like the politics, but they also don’t want the people to suffer because of their leaders. The food will be distributed through aid agencies through the United Nations. They wonder if the food will reach the people it is intended to reach. I have lived in a country that was just emerging from Communism, and I can tell you what will happen to that food because of what I saw in Romania right after the revolution and learned from the Romanian people. I know how Communist think.
People from America used to bring blue jeans, vitamins, toothbrushes, and tooth paste for the children in the orphanages when I was in Romania. It was part of my job to make sure those things got to the orphanage. The Romanian people gave me instructions on what to do with those things because if I didn’t do it that way, those children would not have seen any of the package sent for them. As it was, the children could only see part of it, but at least they got part of it. The Romanians told me that if I gave the package to the to the head of the orphanage to the give to the kids, the kids wouldn’t see any of it. If they give that food aid to the officials in North Korea, the people needing it will see none of it. If I gave the blue jeans, vitamins, toothbrushes, and tooth paste to the people running the orphanage, they would take it home and use part and sell part. If they give that food aid to the government officials or anyone in charge, they will take it home and sell the rest of it. The article I read said that they were worried about them just taking food away from people to replace it with this food and thereby saving money and rerouting the money into nuclear programs. If they give the money to the officials, they officials will use part of it to make their lives more comfortable, and probably the rest will go into the nuclear program.
If I wanted to make sure those orphans got the blue jeans, vitamins, toothbrushes, and tooth paste, I had to give it to the children personally. On top of that, I had to only give them what they could wear and use on the spot. If I gave one child any more than that, the people running the orphanage would take the extra pair of blue jeans away from the child. When I gave them vitamins, toothpaste, and toothbrushes, probably the people running the orphanage came and took it all away except the used toothbrushes the next day. Whoever is in power in a Communist country will reap the benefits. If those aid agencies take the food personally and give it to people to eat right there, they can be sure those people can eat, but only on the spot. However, those people are like the orphans in Romania. They are helpless. The people in power are in power, and they will abuse the power. That is what happens in Communist states.
In Romania, if we received a personal package like for Christmas or something and went to the post office to get the package, the people at the Post Office would have already opened the package. They were put in charge of my package because it was sent through the Post Office. They knew what was in my package. For me to receive that package, I had to share part of the contents with the people who were holding it in the Post Office. If I refused, they kept everything in the package, and I saw none of it. They had power over my package because they worked at the Post Office. It was just like the people in charge at the orphanage. They had power over those children, and the children didn’t matter. Their own tummy or luxuries are what mattered. It didn’t matter that I was a long way from home and the things in the package were gifts from relatives who cared about me. It only mattered that they could get what they wanted from my package.
Right and wrong no longer matter in a Communist country. People put the party first so they can rise in the ranks. The higher they are up in the ranks the more they can abuse the system. Dishonesty and jealousy become prevalent. At first, it is pure survival. If they figure out how to get into a better position, they abuse that position. The idea of Communism sounds good to the young people who haven’t seen how it actually works. When Communism came into the world, people thought, “It will help the poor people.” It doesn’t help the poor people. They thought, “It will abolish the classes.” It doesn’t abolish classes.
When Communism came in, the upper classes were pulled to the bottom with everyone else. Instead of some people being rich and others being poor they all became poor except the people who were in charge. The only way they could not be poor was to be in charge. The people in charge take advantage of the system under Communism. Don’t people remember the mink coat that President Gorbachev’s wife of the former Soviet Union was wearing? The people in charge don’t suffer. I went to a ski resort up over Sibiu, Romania that was considered quite posh because the officials of the Communist party used it. It was nicer than others.
After all that, after the rich people are pulled to the bottom, and the unscrupulous, selfish, most jealous, most indulgent people are able to pull themselves to the top in a Communist state, then the people end up having to throw Communism out. It is not those people who have risen to the top. It is the starving masses that throw Communism out, the ones who were pulled to the bottom, but had good hearts and refuse to let themselves become hard, jealous, and uncaring regardless of what terrible thing is done to them. The honest, starving people throw Communism out. Theoretically, in North Korea, this food aid will go to the starving masses. Just enough will probably go to them to stop them from pulling the government down, and the rest will be used as an indulgence for the people in charge. The only way for a Communist government to be brought down is for the people to realize what is happening to them and that it doesn’t have to happen, and the people within the country bring that government down. This food aid may just prolong Communism. I have compassion on the starving people too, but they are cut off from the outside world. They are pawns in the hands of the officials. Those officials are just going to keep the people barely alive, abuse them, and use whatever excess they can pull from this food aid for themselves.
In Romania, I know that Ceausescu’s biggest mistake if he wanted to keep his Communist government was allowing the people to play the television show “Dallas” from America on the Romanian networks. His plan was to cause disdain for the rich life styles of the west, but his plan backfired. The people saw that everyone didn’t live the way they lived, and they rose up. After the fall of Communism, the people who had all the money were the ex-Communism officials. They had cheated the people under Communism. Most had successfully hid what they had been able to skim from the other people. When there were people after the revolution being put into the streets because they all of a sudden had to pay for their apartments they had been living in all along, the ex-Communists were living in mansions with beautiful chandeliers and golden furniture. They were still in charge, and they were finding ways of cheating even still.
In the village where I lived, the man in charge of the farm co-op’s wife opened up a butcher’s shop in Sibiu. They would weigh the well fed animals and cheat on the scales. They made it look like the cows and pigs were starving when it was the opposite. They made that meat cheap for the farm boss’ wife to buy, and she was able to sell it for a large profit in the butcher shop in Sibiu. The farm co-op boss was doing everything he could to break that farm because he was going to be first in line to have the option of buying it. His plan was to make the farm worthless so he could buy it for nothing, then turn around and build it up again. He was trying to run the farm laborers out of their apartments that they had the legal right to buy. The people who worked at the farm were scared of him. He wanted to own it all, and he was the one with enough money and power to own it all because he was in charge and had skimmed so much money during the years of Communism. The people in charge during the years of Communism were ruthless. They wanted riches, and they had them. They were the ones living like kings when the revolution hit when everyone else was starving.
In North Korea, the people in prominent places have money. They are not actually practicing what you read in the books as Communism as the theory reads. The ones in charge are taking whatever they can from the ones who have nothing. If they send this aid package to North Korea, the people it is meant for may see a few drops, but that is all. The aid package will be used to make the people on top, in charge, richer. Communist officials don’t have good hearts, and they only take advantage of people who do.