North Korea has been treading on thin ice for years, and the latest international incident involving the hermit kingdom is the last straw for many Americans.
Much of North Korea’s contention on the world stage is centered around their incessant and illegal work toward creating a nuclear-capable long range ballistic missile battery, specifically for use against the United States and her allies. Much of the propaganda produced by the DPRK revolves around their stated mission to utterly destroy America, complete with mocked up videos that portray the U.S. West Coast being bombarded with atomic weapons and disintegrating under a North Korean-manufacutred mushroom cloud.
What many have overlooked in recent years, however, are the Holocaust-style concentration camps being utilized by the government under Kim Jong Un, and the enormous list of human rights abuses that have been taking place at the numbers, clandestine sites. With the recent return of American prisoner Otto Warmbier to the U.S.A. last week, the brutal practices employed at these camps was once again in the spotlight.
Warmbier, who was imprisoned for a short while at one such “labor” camp, was returned to the United States in a coma. Further medical evaluations revealed that Warmbier had been the victim of treatment so cruel that much of his brain tissue had been deteriorated, and was thus in a vegetative state.
“Warmbier died at 2:20 p.m. Monday, days after he was released from captivity in North Korea. He was surrounded by family members at the time of his death, hospital officials said.
“In a statement released by the hospital, family members said Warmbier had been unable to speak, see or react to verbal commands since his return to Cincinnati June 13.
“‘He looked very uncomfortable – almost anguished,’ family members said. ‘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.'”
“Family members thanked the hospital’s staff for the care they provided Warmbier but said ‘the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today.'”
Warmbier’s death could certainly warrant action against the despotic dictatorship in North Korea, a nation that has employed brutal and despicable violence against their own people for decades.
The torture and subsequent death of an American citizen at the hands of the North Korean government must not go unpunished. The treatment of Otto Warmbier in North Korea should very well be considered an act of war against the United States, and be subject to the same response that any act of war would receive under President Trump.