Do you guys know foot and mouth disease? that disease(infectious disease in livestock) is spreading out overall asia countries now. Most of countries that it outbreaks are usually trying to stop it's proliferation with burying and incinerating infected livestock. but Northkorea is different with those countries. they are in the worst situation for shortage of food. so, Northkorea government didn't kill those infected livestock and rationed it to Northkoreans as gifts in token of celebrating Kim jong il's 69th birthday. Not knowing the fact, people might be happy for that and decided to be loyal to it's country again. I think, Northkorea may go against common sense. it is very unsanitary and morally wrong. Northkorea government should haven't wasted money to celebrate Kim's birthday only. that money was enough to save most of poor people. I hope, the revolution will be in Northkorea like jasmine revolution in China. For that, the world should think of the measures to give the power to Northkoreans.
Also, its part of the bizarre notion that pervades western civilisation that everything will kill you.. foot and mouth is dangerous to livestock but once the animal is dead Its fairly safe to eat. Certainly, North Koreans would be better off eating foot and mouth beef than starving.
Agreed, the danger of the contaminated meat is debatable at least. Thats not the point though, this is a discussion forum and this is a no brainer. The North Korean leaders aren't able to sell the meat and thus they give it away as a present to get people to like them better. It's a rather immoral decision which I can imagine everyone agrees on.
Unless there are some hard core Kim Jong Il lovers online...