Operation Peaceful Initiative

Intent: To provide humanitarian aid to North Korean Prisoners through the utilization of existing military assets in a peaceful gesture.

“Peace is not a passive but an active condition, not a negation but an affirmation. It is a gesture as strong as war.” Mary Roberts Rinehart

America grew out of war, fighting for freedom and independence…but that need not be the model for peaceful coexistence. We have the capabilities and equipment to make a choice: to destroy or to prevent destruction. Barbara Kingsolver, the author, says, ”It is only prudent to ask questions and only reasonable to discuss alternate, less violent ways to promote the general welfare.”

Short History: “The Forgotten War” between North Korea, aided by Communist China, and South Korea, aided by the United States and other United Nations Members, raged from 1950-1953. An Armistice was signed establishing a boundary along the last position of opposing forces along the military demarcation line which established the baseline for the Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ.

The Berlin Airlift set a precedent of humanitarian aid through coordinated employment of military assets. The massive effort to supply 2-million West Berliners with food and fuel for heating began in June, 1948, and lasted until September, 1949. During the around-the-clock airlift some 277,000 flights were made, many at three minute intervals. By spring 1949 an average of 8,000 tons was being flown in daily. More than 2 million tons of goods were delivered.

Purpose: North Korean Gulag Prisoners are suffering from human rights abuses that rival those uncovered in Nazi Germany following WWII. The time is right to act on international pressure calling for change and peaceful unification of the Peninsula.

In its 2001 submission to the U.N. Human Rights Committee, the Government claimed that torture is prohibited by law; however, a number of sources confirm its practice. According to a report by the U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (USCHRNK), torture "is routine and severe." Methods of torture reportedly routinely used included severe beatings; electric shock; prolonged periods of exposure; humiliations such as public nakedness; confinement to small "punishment cells," in which prisoners were unable to stand upright or lie down, where they could be held for several weeks; being forced to kneel or sit immobilized for long periods; being hung by one's wrists; being forced to stand-up and sit-down to the point of collapse; and, forcing mothers recently repatriated from China, to watch the infanticide of their newly born infants. Defectors reported that many prisoners have died from torture, disease, starvation, exposure, or a combination of these causes. There were allegations of lethal gas experiments on prisoners.
Country Reports on Human Rights Practices - 2003
Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor
February 25, 2004

“The injustices and cruelty these prisoners suffer is almost unimaginable,” said David Hawk, a well-known human rights researcher and author of the report. “Beyond a starvation diet, torture, beatings and inhumane living and working conditions, this regime practices a form of collective punishment where three generations of family members are given life-terms along with the family member charged with political crimes.”
The Hidden Gulag: Exposing North Korea’s Prison Camps
Prisoners’ Testimonies and Satellite Photographs
David Hawk
U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, www.hrnk.org

It is critical that in this time of secrecy and terror that Americans, with the help of the world community, establish and maintain the integrity of our conviction by following through with our thoughts and words with action.

We who are gathered for the Fifth International Conference on North Korean Human Rights and Refugees have come from Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as refugees from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, to affirm that the people of North Korea are entitled to the human rights enjoyed by free people everywhere and enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Adopted Unanimously at the Fifth International Conference on North Korean Human Rights and Refugees, Warsaw, Poland. March 2, 2004

A civilian organized and militarily executed operation for medical aid and supply, backed by moral integrity, can be a much more powerful statement than war. The assets and personalities required for success are already trained and in position in South Korea at this time. Here’s how we can succeed:

Dr. Linton of Yonsei University/Severance Hospital in Seoul maintains the essential diplomatic ties with North Korea to ensure precise communication of our intent and safe passage of air assets.

Battle staff from intelligence agencies stationed in South Korea have the information needed to aid an initiative manager in planning and executing this operation. (recommended contact: Capt Ryan Hayden)

U-2 or satellite overflight can be tasked through the Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea command channels to provide imagery for verification and mapping of prison locations.

OA-10’s from the 25th Fighter Squadron at Osan AB can be employed toward mensurated camp coordinates to provide an “eyes on” assessment and route reconnaissance for safe passage of medical and airlift assets.

A 4- ship mission of SANDY qualified (search & rescue) pilots flying 900 configured aircraft (no bombs – no bullets – no missiles) using space stabilized binoculars can provide a real time assessment of camp occupation and plot safe routes. SANDY 1 can coordinate all activities involving lift over open communication on guard channels. (recommended contact: Maj. James Ragsdale)

KC -135 tankers can fly from Fairchild AFB and Kadena AFB to provide refueling and critical patient medical evacuation.

HH-60’s from the 33rd rescue squadron at Kadena Air Force Base with a detachment from Osan AB can provide rescue vehicles for Pararescue Jumper and Medic insertion as well as patient extraction. (recommended contact: Captain Scott Sheppard )

C-130’s from Misawa, Japan, can provide the necessary airlift and drop of supplies following OA-10 route reconnaissance.

U.S. and R.O.K. Army tank battalions can be poised for DMZ mine clearing following medical evacuation unarmed and with turret main guns IN TRAIL POSITION. (recommended contact: 1/72nd Tank Battalion CC Lt. Col. Laughlin)

Rules of Initiative:
Pilots/air crews/ and operators will be volunteer
Uniform will be DESERT camo to show OVERT intent for peaceful action
Aircraft and volunteers will be unarmed which means:
No bombs, no bullets, no missiles, self protection chaff and flares only
No side arms or pocket knives. Imagine you’re passing through LA security.

Conclusion: There is a fine line between sanity and insanity. A mission against impossible odds requires a leap of faith. With the will of the world on our side, we cannot fail. Our only hope lies in full disclosure of the truth. Why must this message against secrecy be understood by all? Why must a dangerous and extremely risky opportunity be protected from the shroud of information security? Ask yourself why we have “CLASSIFIED, SECRET, and TOP SECRET”…. if our intent and purpose as a nation are true, then we don’t need to keep it secret. The truth needs no defense. The whole world should know that the United States is clamoring for the moral high ground and will make any sacrifice in people and equipment in a pursuit that is true and just. It takes courage to stand up mightily in the face of danger and hatred naked and unarmed. Freedom is in our overt message of peace. Let freedom ring in every heart and ear!

It takes courage to be willing to die defending human rights. It takes more courage to put ourselves in harm’s way unarmed than it does to take an aggressive stance like Dog’s of War pacing the fence of diplomacy. In order for Americans to truly hoist our flag on the cratered hilltop of morality instead of legality, we must first be willing to accept bigger losses and higher casualties than the “other side.” Let’s teach our children that peace is the only response to aggression. When our sons and daughters ask, “Have you ever had to kill anyone?” Let’s be able to answer them, “Dear, there was a time when we thought we had no other options. But let me tell you about the courage of some people who risked their lives THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE.”