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Witnesses have described watching entire families being put in glass chambers and gassed. They are left to an agonising death while scientists take notes. The allegations offer the most shocking glimpse so far of Kim Jong-il's North Korean regime.Tragically we are not likely to see much by way of protest unless and until the Americans decide that enough is enough and, with I hope full United Nations backing and the armed support from Russia and China, take out the loathsome North Korean regime.
Kwon Hyuk, who has changed his name, was the former military attaché at the North Korean Embassy in Beijing. He was also the chief of management at Camp 22. In the BBC's This World documentary, to be broadcast tonight, Hyuk claims he now wants the world to know what is happening.
'I witnessed a whole family being tested on suffocating gas and dying in the gas chamber,' he said. 'The parents, son and and a daughter. The parents were vomiting and dying, but till the very last moment they tried to save kids by doing mouth-to-mouth breathing.'
Arafat has denounced Sharon and claims that Sharon is "not serious about peace". Of course, Sharon is looking for peace for Israel and damned well doesn't care if the Palestinians end up killing each other. What Arafat is actually worried about is the fact that Sharon has found a way to wrap the situation up in a way which is moderately satisfactory for Israel, without Palestinian consent and without Palestinian cooperation. Arafat does want peace, but the only peace he wants for Israelis is the peace of the grave. Now he sees his last hope of achieving that vanishing in months when the wall is completed.A good, long and comprehensive post on the Israelis, the Wall and the Palestinians. den Beste sees the withdrawal of Isreal into its unilateral solution as pretty much the signal for the Palestinian civil war to begin. The Troll of RamallahTM is largely at the end of his game on den Beste's account. I agree. And I agree with den Beste that the high water mark for the Palestinians was September 10, 2001.
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Gilligan chose to release news of his departure through the Press Association rather than to the BBC. A former colleague said: "He remained a little s? to the end."Defending Gilligan is rather like defending Saddam - the antis know he's a shit, but there are bigger battles being fought. The Left's defence of Gilligan is a proxy for its attack on Blair's decision to go to war. That he lied on air and then covered up doesn't signify because the Left wants to believe that he was telling the "real truth" which underlay any contradictory facts.
A senior manager said: "The BBC is furious that he won't abide by his contract and keep quiet at least for the time being. There is very little they can do about it. Stopping his money was the only course of action left open to them. They don't want to pursue him any further. They just want him to go."
Mr Dyke, who resigned from the corporation on Thursday, joined the attack on Gilligan. He told friends of his grave concerns about the way Gilligan broadcast his original report.
He told one: "The sad thing about all of this is that the proper editorial processes were followed in the run-up to the original broadcast. It's just that he [Gilligan] screwed it up on the 6.07am broadcast.
"If you listen again to the 6.07 it's a rubbishy piece of journalism. He should have been in the office but he wasn't and he messed it up. That was OK while he continued to tell us, 'This is what this man told me' ... it was when he deviated from that."
Another senior executive said: "Until he 'fessed up to Hutton we hadn't heard a dickie bird from him, still less an apology." A defiant Gilligan insisted that he could not be held responsible for the downfall of Mr Dyke. He told the Telegraph: "Ninety per cent of my original story was right. I have admitted that the 6.07 broadcast was a bad idea.
However the battle between the British Labor Party and the BBC goes, between Red and Redder, the ultimate loser will almost certainly be the truth. It has been banished to those primitive regions where the unsophisticated still think it exists. Where children are adjured to maintain it and still gather before their elders to learn it. The world's premiere news organization now maintains but a tenuous connection to it, a sentimental attachment really, that grows frailer year by year, until one day, like a thread stretched too thin, it will snap entirely. Then the BBC will be free to rise unhindered to whatever heights its fantasy or malice take it, having slipped the surly bonds of earth. belmont club