North Korea Sentences American Tourist to 15 Years. Where’s The Outrage?
While ISIS is dominating the news media there is another, more subtle threat to the United States that is hardly gaining any coverage or momentum among people's outrage. North Korea, its first nuclear tests recently completed and its confidence growing, has once again given America and the rest of the world the middle finger.
Not literally of course, but they've instead done something far worse.
This week North Korea released the news that it is detaining a 21-year-old American on charges of subversion and theft of a propaganda banner. The length of detention has been ruled as 15 years imprisonment, an outrageously long time for Warmbier's supposed crime.
Otto Warmbier is currently a student at the University of Virginia. Warmbier, in testimony before a North Korean court, testified that he had been staying at the Yanggakdo International Hotel in Pyong Yang when he decided to enter an area of the hotel that had been closed to foreigners and was decorated in propaganda.
It was in the closed-off section that Warmbier reportedly stole a large banner as a trophy to take home to a friend who had offered him a car worth $10,000 if he managed to make it out of the country with the banner.
Warmbier entered the country legally through its borders and was on his way out of North Korea when he was stopped and arrested for the theft.
First, let's put aside the obvious points that Warmbier shouldn't have tried to steal anything from a radical, hostile Communist country. That was a poor decision.
But the idea that simple theft would be punishable by 15 years in prison is outrageous. And no one in America seems to be sharing that sentiment.
North Korea is a threat to the United States and it doesn't appear to be stopping pushing America's buttons. It's time for our leaders to take a stand and demand that Warmbier be released.
h/t: CNS News