Laura Ling and Euna Lee are having their sham trial as we speak, so if you believe that prayer helps, this would be the time to pray for them:
Analysts warned that North Korea could use the trial of the Americans to improve its hand in the weeks before Mr. Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak hold a White House summit on June 16.
“Having two journalists detained in the North leaves the U.S. very little maneuvering room since Washington now has to take the women’s safety into account,” said Yoon Deok-min, a professor at South Korea’s state-run Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security. [AP, Jean H. Lee]
It hardly matters anymore where these women were caught at this point. They’re obviously no legitimate threat to anyone, and they’re just as obviously being held as hostages, away from their families, to try to shield Kim Jong Il from sanctions. That is terrorism, and it should be addressed as such.
Update: I can’t make the pdf download work, so the text is below the fold. Sorry. And in fact, I note now that this vigil announcement makes no reference to Ms. Ling and Ms. Lee, though their situation is no doubt a matter of great concern to the KCC.
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KOREAN CHURCH COALITION for North Korea Freedom: Peter I. Sohn, President for the Korean Church Coalition for North Korea Freedom, announced that on June 5, 2009, KCC will hold an International North Korea Prayer Vigil; “Time has come to be more diligent in speaking out on behalf of the voiceless brothers and sisters living in North Korea, China, and elsewhere who have no voice of their own.
KCC was formed in 2004 as a non-partisan and non-profit religious organization and now composed of almost 3000 Korean American Pastors located throughout the Unites States and Canada. Our mission is to bring an end to the sufferings endured by our brothers and sisters in North Korea, as well as China and other parts of the world, through non-violent means.
This June 5th event will be attended by KCC pastors from every major city and state throughout the United States, and is expected to be attended by 2500 participants. “For years, KCC conveyed our view to our lawmakers in Washington:
ï‚· North Korea is a Dictatorship that is that is unlike any other nation or government.
ï‚· Kim Jong Il will never voluntarily give up its nuclear arsenal.
ï‚· Delisting North Korea from State Sponsors of Terrorism list will be/was a great mistake.
ï‚· Military Action is not an option and must be avoided.
ï‚· Human Rights must play an important role in any talks with Pyongyang.
ï‚· China must play a key role in pressuring Pyongyang to return to the six party talks, and in the six party talks.
Current events in North Korea should attest to the fact that our current policy towards North Korea have catastrophically failed, and we are now facing the worst crisis in that region in recent history. America’s policy towards North Korea must be reevaluated, and significant policy changes must be immediately employed. (Sam Kim, Executive Director and Washington Correspondent, KCC). ” On Friday, June 5, 2009, Please join and pray with us: At Bethel Korean Church 18700 Harvard Ave. Irvine Ca. 92620 “The Crossing” with be shown at 4:30 p.m. (At Vision Chapel) The main “Prayer Vigil” will commence at 6:30 p.m. (At 2500 seat new main sanctuary)
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