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Another U.N. crock: Aiding thugs

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How many more carrots will the United Nations dangle before North Korea while getting repeatedly struck over the head by the bamboo rod of this communist regime?

Fox News reports U.N. agencies are planning to bundle up more $290 million in aid for the repressive thugocracy. Oh, the full sum reportedly is not guaranteed.

Regardless, it would be another U.N. gift to a nuclear saber-rattling nation that has flouted Security Council resolutions, was accused of sinking a South Korean warship in March and threatened a joint U.S.-South Korean anti-submarine exercise last month.

Not that any of the U.N.'s "aid" will actually get to starving North Koreans -- with or without that nation's regime change.

Once again the U.N. is putting its wobbly cart before the horse. And vows of better safeguards, most notably from the U.N. Development Programme, are hardly reassuring. The same agency in 2007 provided North Korea with equipment that could be used in its nuclear program, according to an independent investigation.

Aid to impoverished North Koreans would be effective only if provided on the donors' terms, not Pyongyang's. A U.S.-led League of Democracies, unlike Turtle Bay, would at least recognize that much.

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