North Korea has taken the life of an innocent American—and there must be clear consequences for their barbaric actions. If not, North Korea will only assume their actions are acceptable.
Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old college student who was held by Pyongyang before being returned to the U.S. earlier this month, died Monday.
His family, victims of Pyongyang’s brutality every bit as much as Otto, explained in a statement that, “when Otto returned to Cincinnati late on June 13th he was unable to speak, unable to see and unable to react to verbal commands. He looked very uncomfortable — almost anguished.”
The statement went on, noting that, “although we would never hear his voice again, within a day the countenance of his face changed — he was at peace. He was home and we believe he could sense that.”
As much of a tragedy as this, how can we be shocked anymore? North Korea, through this senseless act of what can only be described as terrorism—not revealing the extent of the young man’s condition until he was practically on U.S. soil—is nothing new for the so-called hermit kingdom.
With hundreds of thousands of people in prison camps, a large section of its population on the verge of starvation and a cult of personality akin to Stalin or Hitler, North Korea is the ultimate rogue state—now armed with deadly missiles that can carry chemical, biological and now nuclear weapons that will soon be able to hit the U.S….