Fact:- North Korea is not a fun place to be, even if the travel agency promoting it promises booze, more booze, and loads of chicks. It is exactly the opposite, a whole country run by fear, a well-founded fear of a farcical trial ending in concentration camp punishment for not agreeing that the chubby Leader is, in fact, ‘simply the best’: in plain terms, it is the Totalitarian Regime-dominated equivalent of a dung-heap. In what must be the ultimate truth that satire is now dead, the title of this lunatic-led Nation is the ‘Democratic People’s Republic’.
Question:- Why would any sane person, given the huge amount of direct proof that ‘Nork’ is the last place to go to for study, or relaxation, or any other reason at all, actually sign up for such a journey?
Otto Warmbier simply knew better than all those who must have told him he was plain crazy. He knew that he knew best, and demonstrated he wasn’t fit to be let out of his pram, rather than be given a US Passport and requesting a visa to enter DPRK. He paid the price of his plain stupidity with his life.
Too high a price for the ‘crime’ of being stupid; of knowing that he knew best; of ignoring all the evidence about NORK’s readiness to imprison, torture and even ‘disappear’ those foolish enough to even speak out about the evils of that totalitarian dung-heap? Possibly so, but, like the Professor, I feel that he exhibited a truly astounding lack of perspective.
As the Professor stated:- Mr. Warmbier, who was visiting the country with a group as a tourist, “acted like a spoiled, naïve, arrogant US college student who had never had to face the consequences of his actions,” and blamed his parents.
“His parents, ultimately, are to blame for his growing up thinking he could get away with whatever he wanted,” Ms. Dettwyler said. “Maybe the US, where young, white, rich, clueless white males routinely get away with raping women. Not so much in North Korea. And of course, it’s Otto’s parents who will pay the price for the rest of their lives.”
The Professor has been fired, for speaking the plain, unvarnished truth, and I violently disagree with the University whose illiberal attitudes led them along the same path as the killers of North Korea, who brook no dissension from their version of ‘the truth’.
Rep. Senator John McCain stated he was murdered, and I agree with his statement that all Americans stupid enough to want to visit NORK should sign a waiver of responsibility. Trouble is, there are always the idiots who think they can show that ‘nothing’s gonna’ happen’ and how ‘carefree’ they are.