The thing is, nobody has any sympathy these days. The North Korean rocket proves a failure and people just gloat, here and here, for example. It does not seem to occur to anyone that somewhere there is an aeronautics engineer about to get his jotters (or worse).
I appreciate that you can shovel blame on to the North Korean government, spending millions on rockets when the people go hungry. But is that significantly more reprehensible than our own government cutting welfare while proposing to spend billions on the great white elephant that is the replacement for Trident (not to mention those aircraft carriers without any aircraft)?
In the immortal words of Mr Kenny Dalglish, "mebbes aye, mebbes naw". And Mr Dalglish knows a thing or two about spending a fortune on duds.