I apologize for the long break in blog posts; I hope this one makes up for it. In the news the past couple days has been Otto Warmbier; a college student that was enticed to go to North Korea “for an experience of a lifetime”. That was a direct quote from his Dad that gave a statement to the news agencies on Thursday. The parents are extremely upset at North Korea and our government for what happened to their son.
Warmbier went to North Korea because there was a travel agency that lures young adults to other countries and then they are mistreated. As Otto Warmbier was boarding the plane to leave the country when the North Korean government apprehended him and charged him with the “war crime” of stealing a banner from a church. He was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for that crime.
Warmbier arrived home 3 days ago in a coma. According to the North Korean government, Warbier went into this coma soon after being sentenced. Not one time was he allowed to go home for medical reasons. The government nor the penial institution would inform his family of his medical state. His family found out last week the condition that he was in. Warmbier has been in a coma for 15 months and no one bothered to inform the family.
Our government was telling the parents to “lay low” and “be quiet” because “we don’t want to upset the North Korean government.
Ok, I have a problem with this!!! “LAY LOW” “BE QUIET” “DON’T UPSET NORTH KOREA”!!! Really? If this was the only thing that North Korea was doing that might need addressing, then that would be one thing … but it isn’t. It is time that the American Government and People start taking a stand and letting North Korea know that we are not going to tolerate any more of their shenanigans.
In 2017 alone, North Korea has shot off 16 missiles that we know of. In 2016, the year that Warmbier was arrested and sentenced, they shot off 8 missiles. Over and over again, if you Google it, the America has warned North Korea to stop setting off missiles and yet they keep doing it. Warmbier was arrested in March 2016 and in August 2016 North Korea set of a missile that could have reached the US if they so wanted. Could this be why Warmbier’s family needed to “LAY LOW” or “BE QUIET”? Why was this necessary. If we were making moves to turn this around and bring Warmbier home, then I could understand such actions. However, I don’t think that was it at all. I think they needed to be quiet because we were likely to get bombed by them. I know, listen, my family and I live here too. I don’t want to be bombed any more than the next person, but when one of our people are captured, we don’t “lay low” either. We go in as one to get them.
Grant it, we finally got Warmbier home, but I would like to know exactly who brought him home and how long did they actually work on doing so? I agree with Warmbier’s Dad, “North Korea does nothing out of the goodness of their hearts”. With that being known, it had to be someone else who convinced them to let him go. With North Korea doing nothing good at any time, that means someone had to be talking to them. I want to know how many times they were talked to and I want to know the extent of the conversation. I want to know when those conversations started and how long they lasted and in what form they were in? Is this too nosey? I don’t think so. We are talking about a country that has repeatedly refused to adhere to our warnings to stop firing missiles and I know they got those warnings because the news was always so proud to report when they launched one and what our response was … which usually amounted to nothing more than a hand over our mouth while saying “oh no you didn’t”. It was time to act then and it has been time to act for a while. When do we take our country serious again? When do we do like Toby Keith says and “fight when you rattle our cage”.
Shout out to Trump, you want to make “America Great Again”, start with North Korea and get your mind of the Russian Probe … “matter”. Isn’t that what you want it to be called … a matter? Well, get off the “matter” and start focusing on real President stuff. Yes, I hope you are impeached at the end, but for now, you are all we have that can take care of North Korea. Show us your muscle and quit talking about it.