The Statue of Liberty lifts her lamp beside the golden gate. President Bush, invoking freedom in unfree lands, called it “the hunger in dark places.” But here the metaphor attains a horrible reality: the literal darkness of North Korea set beside the glow from the south. And the hunger is grimly literal as well, as we are reminded by Christopher Hitchens in this piece in Slate. Hitchens labels the country a “slave state,” and demands that “an underground railway, or perhaps even an overground one, be established” to assist escaping refugees.
Darkness north of the line