The Strange Case of Otto Warmbier

by Jack

I’ve long thought that American tourists who go sightseeing in dangerous places, especially like North Korea, they should be put on notice by our State Dept. not expect any expensive or heroic rescue efforts if things go wrong. In other words, if you get kidnapped, it’s basically on you to get out of it. We should not allow America to be held responsible for your bad choices and you had fair warning.

Obama paid millions in ransom to Iran to secure the release of several American hostages last year and of course the speculation was that Iran used that money to fund terrorism. it also made the next kidnapping more likely. Profiting off the capture of foolish American tourists is an old story that happens more than we care to know. Of course I blame those who are doing the kidnapping and murdering first and foremost, no question about it. But, oftentimes the bad guys are beyond our reach, so what do we do then?

Here’s a thought: American tourists must apply for clearance to go to these rogue nations and when they do we ought to be prepared to give them an education about how we feel about their travel plans and what they should expect if they get into a jam. Imagine if The State Dept. had send little Otto a letter saying, “Dear Otto, your travel plans are about to place you at great risk. You may be kidnapped and tortured to death. We wish you lotsa luck if you go, because that’s about all we have for you, if you’re captured.” Do you think he might have backed off his original travel plans or maybe his parents would have had second thoughts?

Kidnapping tourists and business people means big money for a lot of seedy people in poor countries. It’s big bucks in Mexico and the same could be said for another half dozen banana republics, but in North Korea, well, you would have to be the most biggest, most deluded dolt, ever to walk through an airport turnstile to even think about going there! The Warmbier’s allowed their son to go to North Korea knowing the risks. Then when the worst happened and their son was arrested minutes before he boarded a flight for home. Of course then they expected the State Dept. to pull out all the stops for them.

The State Dept. made the usual calls, but short of going to war, what exactly are we supposed to do? Obviously, the North Korean’s had plans other than releasing this 21 year old college student and they could care less about our humanitarian reasons for his return. They got their show trial, they had this young man crying like a baby in the court room for all the world to see. He scared and pleading with them to be released. It was sickening to watch. It made me despise the North Korean regime all the more. But, try as I might, it was very hard for me to feel much compassion for the parents. To be perfectly candid, I’m kinda angry at them, but as that anger subsides I do feel for them. Yes, it was a stupid stunt that wound up working against America, they lost a child and a promising student lost his life. It was tragic. It didn’t make it any easier to know this was foreseeable and easily preventable.

Has the family learned anything from this horrible experience? Well, just before Otto died his Dad said, “I’m proud of Otto, and the courage he showed by going to North Korea,” I disagree, but if this gives him some comfort, then so be it.

I want North Korea to get theirs in the worst way, because they have racked up a long list of major crimes against humanity. But, it should come at the cost of placing millions of South Korean lives at great risk because we want justifiable revenge. When it’s time to deal with North Korea all I can say is, it better be worth the cost. And meanwhile, lets keep dumb Americans out of trouble by giving them fair warning to never venture into North Korea again, or at least not while they remain a despotic regime run by a crazy kid.

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4 Responses to The Strange Case of Otto Warmbier

  1. J. Soden says:

    Basically, Obumble told the Warbiers to shut up. TheDonald brought Otto home.
    Hope there is an autopsy to find out exactly what the NK barbarians inflicted on the young man – and it wasn’t botulism!

  2. Peggy says:

    My understanding is Otto was with a church group in China. I know he took the poster for someone who said they wanted a souvenir for their church. The tour group that took him and others do similar tours all over the area including scuba diving. Personally, I’ve done those tours in Europe and the Caribbean and at much older than 21 believed them to be safe since they were well known and licensed operations. They are now saying they will stop taking Americans to NK.

    Medical personnel explanation on the news are projecting the damage done to his brain was done with electric shock and/or chemicals like sodium pentothal.

    Otto Warmbier Death: China Tour Agency Will Stop Taking Americans to North Korea:

  3. Tina says:

    The Miami coroner is still investigating but the family “objected to an autopsy” and jis funeral is Thursday.

    If it were my son I’d want to know. My government should want to know if for no other reason that it could be useful in further negotiations. Three more still languish in captivity, accused of “hostile acts”.

    A number of people on the right, including Michelle Malkin of National Review have pointed out the character assassination of Warmbier in the left media:

    Warmbier’s thoughtless taunters instantly transformed him into a bigger, badder villain than the barbaric DPRK goons who beat, starve, rape, and kill enemies of the state for such offenses as listening to foreign radio broadcasts, possessing Bibles, and disrespecting the Dear Leader — in Warmbier’s case, by attempting to steal a propaganda sign that read “Let’s arm ourselves strongly with Kim Jong-il’s patriotism!” as a souvenir.

    The Huffington Post published an acid rant by “Blogging While Black” writer La Sha titled “North Korea Proves Your White Male Privilege Is Not Universal.” She rejoiced at Warmbier’s sentence because, she gloated, it taught him that “the shield his cis white male identity provides here in America is not teflon abroad.”

    Instead of faulting a repressive socialist regime, La Sha blamed Warmbier for “being socialized first as a white boy, and then as a white man in this country.” The HuffPo’s megalomaniac millennial had the gall to compare her daily plight of living and breathing freely in America to Warmbier’s captivity:

    “The hopeless fear Warmbier is now experiencing is my daily reality living in a country where white men like him are willfully oblivious to my suffering even as they are complicit in maintaining the power structures which ensure their supremacy at my expense.”

    But it wasn’t just babbling diversity bloggers who exploited Warmbier’s imprisonment.

    For a few cheap yuks, liberal black comedian Larry Wilmore plowed ahead with smug disregard to how Warmbier’s parents, family, and friends must have suffered as photos and videos of their son and loved one were plastered all over media. To canned laughter, Wilmore mocked Warmbier on his Comedy Central show with a graphic labeling him an “ASS,” which spelled out a fake frat name, “Alpha Sigma Sigma.”

    “It’s just tough for me to have much sympathy for this guy and his crocodile tears,” Wilmore snarked as he roasted the “Frat Boy.”

    Yep, the superior, tolerant, inclusive left has been filled with their usual compassion!

    They had a similar disregard for Ambassador Stevens as I recall.

  4. RHT447 says:

    This story smells funny too—

    I am seeing more reports (so far unconfirmed) that would indicate the Russians have the ability to completely disable the electronics of a nearby ship/plane/vehicle.

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