Casey Lartigue quoted (accurately) by NK News about the Bush Center’s recent Call to Action report about North Korea. I must be somebody important, considering who is quoted in the article: Greg Scarlatoi, Suzanne Scholte, Victor Cha, Lindsay Lloyd and Casey Lartigue.
* There is a “however” before my comments, but I strongly agree with Suzanne Scholte’s point that the proposals in the report need to be financed, not just talked about…
However, Casey Lartigue of the Seoul-based Freedom Factory think tank said that the report “presents numerous practical options for individuals, NGOs and governments to do something in their own way to help.”
“There are so many analysts and talkers who are so busy attacking each other that they don’t focus enough on actual action to help North Korean exiles as well as those still trapped in North Korea,” he said. “After this, no one will have an excuse to say they didn’t know what to do to help.”
Recently North Korea seized upon the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture – which documented instances of harsh interrogation techniques taking place under the administration of George W. Bush, the center’s namesake – in an effort to counter attention generated by the COI report.
Given this, Lartigue, whose organization promotes individual liberty, addressed whether the Bush Center’s role in the report was ultimately beneficial to the cause of North Korean human rights.
“… some may question if the Bush Center is an appropriate outlet for such a report, but the report itself shows why such a question is ludicrous,” said Lartigue. “It isn’t going to take just one organization, policy, action or idea to help liberate North Koreans. Analysts and activists have their own visions and policies, and they can present their ideas and activities, and find others who would like to collaborate with them or put their ideas into action.
“We don’t need a vote about who is entitled to act or speak.”