In their first TV interview, the parents of Otto Warmbier maintained their composure a lot better than I would have while talking about the way he appeared when he arrived from North Korea. Apparently, he wasn’t in anything resembling a peaceful coma as he lay there in the plane --- he was flailing and jerking, howling and wailing “inhuman” sounds, like a prisoner in his own never-ending nightmare. Blind and deaf and unresponsive, his eyes a blank stare.
His lower teeth looked as though they had been pulled by pliers and rearranged in his jaw. Obviously, he had been tortured.
And what had the young Otto Warmbier been accused of doing? Taking down a propaganda poster, I suppose to keep as a souvenir of his trip to wonderful Pyongyang. It’s hard to even imagine what that government does to its own people accused of “crimes.”
If there is any doubt remaining as to what we’re dealing with in Kim Jong-Un, this story dispels it. He is an evil terrorist monster. He doesn’t watch rockets go up just because it’s fun to see them fly through the sky --- he revels in them as a tool for making his enemies suffer unspeakable horrors. And even if somebody kills him, North Korea no doubt has a few understudies waiting backstage. (I imagine a shabby little “Kim-bot” factory somewhere, with an assembly line staffed by starving political prisoners.)
It’s impossible to appease someone like this. At least America finally has someone in charge who realizes it. The same day we learn what the North Koreans did to Otto Warmbier, President Trump makes a statement consistent with his previous ones: we are prepared to do what we have to do. Additional sanctions to target their finance network were announced as well. But Americans aren’t used to such bluntly-worded messages from a Commander-in-Chief; the faint of heart are uncomfortable with this and caution him to cool the rhetoric and not make the little dictator mad.
News flash: the little dictator is already mad, as in "as a hatter," and previous strategies, dating from the Clinton years, for dealing with him have brought us what we have today: hydrogen bombs, long-range missiles, and evidence of the horrific torture of a young American.
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