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  • BREAKING: Otto Warmbier dies; father LASHES OUT at Obama…

    Less than a week after being returned to the United States, American college student Otto Warmbier has died in an Ohio hospital. The news was confirmed by a statement released by the family.

    In late 2015, Warmbier was travelling in China when he came across a company offering trips to North Korea. The company advertised that the trip was safe for American citizens, but that turned out not to be the case for Warmbier. Shortly into his stay, the North Korean government claims he stole a propaganda poster from a local hotel. Despite the family insisting the story was fabricated, North Korean authorities used it to arrest him just before he departed the country at the end of his trip.

    From there, Warmbier was convicted of “hostile acts against the state” and sentenced to 15 years of hard labor. Despite American diplomatic efforts, attempts to get him released fell on deaf ears. Many feared the North Koreans were using the student to retaliate against American sanctions.

    Last month, it was learned that President Trump had successfully negotiated the release of Warmbier after 17 months in captivity. However, it was revealed that shortly after his conviction, Warmbier fell ill and went into a coma. Physicians in the U.S. were able to evaluate his condition and cast doubt on North Korea’s explanation, but were unfortunately unable to save his life.

    From CNN:

    Otto Warmbier, the American college student who spent 17 months in detention in North Korea, died Monday afternoon in Cincinnati, Ohio, his family said in a statement.

    It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home. Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20 p.m.,” the statement said.
    The 22-year-old returned to the United States last week. Warmbier did not talk, move in any purposeful way or respond to verbal communication. In a news conference last Thursday, doctors called his condition “unresponsive wakefulness,” and revealed he had suffered significant brain damage during his imprisonment.

    Following his return home, Warmbier’s father had harsh words for former President Obama.

    From the Blaze:

    Fred Warmbier said President Barack Obama’s administration urged his family to stay quiet after Otto’s arrest became known to the public. “Do I think the former administration could have done more? I think the results speak for themselves,” Fred Warmbier said during a news conference Wednesday. As of this time, former President Obama has not yet commented on this allegation.

    At the same time, Fred Warmbier praised President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for their role in bringing home his son. “Last evening, we received a very nice phone call from President Trump, who told us that Secretary of State Tillerson worked hard to bring Otto home. We are extremely grateful for their efforts and concern,” Warmbier said.

    Following Warmbier’s release, two additional U.S. citizens are also known to be held prisoner in North Korea. What negotiations are ongoing to secure their release is largely unknown.

    The tragic ending comes as tensions continue to rise between North Korea and the United States. President Trump has increased the U.S. Naval presence in the region, attempting to deter the regime from continuing its nuclear weapons program. However, North Korea has continued to escalate hostilities.

    Sadly, the tensions are adding to the complexity of negotiating the release of prisoners. Now, one of those prisoners is confirmed to have lost his life.

    Source: BREAKING: Otto Warmbier dies; father LASHES OUT at Obama... - Allen B. West - AllenBWest.com

  • #2
    There is so much wrong with this story. Why would any american willingly go to that country when it is obvious the regime there will find any excuse to arrest a US citizen in order to make some sort of point against the things this country has imposed upon them? Quite honestly I expect the coroner to find that this kid died from the ordeal he was put through in North Korea and thus should be looked at as an international incident at the very least, if not an actual act of war.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Knotical View Post
      There is so much wrong with this story. Why would any american willingly go to that country when it is obvious the regime there will find any excuse to arrest a US citizen in order to make some sort of point against the things this country has imposed upon them? Quite honestly I expect the coroner to find that this kid died from the ordeal he was put through in North Korea and thus should be looked at as an international incident at the very least, if not an actual act of war.
      Just read that because of this incident the Chinese Tourist company that takes Americans on a tour of North Korea will no longer be accepting applications from Americans. We are too high risk....

      I agree, this is an international incident and should be "considered" an act of war though I believe we are technically still at war, which complicates things because why would an American even be there during war time?

      God bless,
      William
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      • #4
        Originally posted by William View Post

        Just read that because of this incident the Chinese Tourist company that takes Americans on a tour of North Korea will no longer be accepting applications from Americans. We are too high risk....

        I agree, this is an international incident and should be "considered" an act of war though I believe we are technically still at war, which complicates things because why would an American even be there during war time?

        God bless,
        William
        Yup, I think we are still under a cease-fire from the end of the Korean War, so it really is still ongoing. No idea why anyone would want to go into that country in the first place, much less be a company that actually runs routine tours through the place.
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        • #5
          And now that our wonderful Congresspeople in Washington think they have invented sliced bread we should now be banning travel to North Korea: Otto Warmbier: Sen. Bob Corker, others say U.S. should consider North Korea travel ban

          Really, this should not have to require an official ban. Common sense should tell people not to go there. But then we must assume people are going to exercise this little idea.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Knotical View Post
            And now that our wonderful Congresspeople in Washington think they have invented sliced bread we should now be banning travel to North Korea: Otto Warmbier: Sen. Bob Corker, others say U.S. should consider North Korea travel ban

            Really, this should not have to require an official ban. Common sense should tell people not to go there. But then we must assume people are going to exercise this little idea.
            Missionaries surely will take issue with it. Meanwhile, they'll not only jeopardize U.S. lives (rescue) and any negotiations by going there, but they'll walk a fine line by aiding and bedding the enemy.

            God bless,
            William
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            • #7
              Originally posted by William View Post

              Missionaries surely will take issue with it. Meanwhile, they'll not only jeopardize U.S. lives (rescue) and any negotiations by going there, but they'll walk a fine line by aiding and bedding the enemy.

              God bless,
              William
              That is quite the hilarious typing fauxpas. I believe you meant "aiding and abetting."

              Anyway, it would be rather sticky for anyone who felt called to North Korea as missionaries. That would be a much harder gig than even going to China.
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