|Otto Warmbier - DPRK|
If given the chance to go to North Korea, I would immediately decline. The country takes advantage of westerners every chance it gets. It uses them for exchanges to gain resources and for public relations to bolster the regime. The socialist dictatorship prefers to build a nuclear program instead of feeding the people. The infrastructure is outdated and few North Koreans have electricity.
From what friends and teachers have remarked, Warmbier was a smart and fun guy to be around. That being said, I'm sure he was aware of the dangers of going to North Korea. He should have never went on that trip in the first place. Despite his fatally foolish decision, Warmbier's death is more about the nature of the North Korean government. In my view, it is a government that must be extinguished from the Earth. Kim Jong-Un should not be the leader, he should be the prisoner. Warmbier is not at fault for the existence of a genocidal regime.
As I heard the news about his death, I just assumed virtually everyone thought like I did about what happened to him. I still think that's true, but I am surprised at the leftists who are mocking Warmbier while ignoring the greater humanitarian crisis in North Korea. Thundering from The Huffington Post is La Sha with her article titled "North Korea Proves Your White Male Privilege Is not Universal." She posted:
What a mind-blowing moment it must be to realize after 21 years of being pedestaled by the world simply because your DNA coding produced the favorable phenotype that such favor is not absolute. What a bummer to realize that even the State Department with all its influence and power cannot assure your pardon. What a wake-up call it is to realize that your tears are met with indifference.
As I’ve said, living 15 years performing manual labor in North Korea is unimaginable, but so is going to a place I know I’m unwelcome and violating their laws. I’m a black woman though. The hopeless fear Warmbier is now experiencing is my daily reality living in a country where white men like him are willfully oblivious to my suffering even as they are complicit in maintaining the power structures which ensure their supremacy at my expense. He is now an outsider at the mercy of a government unfazed by his cries for help. I get it.Her attempt to compare Warmbier's punishment in North Korea with blacks in the United States is absurd. Her article makes his death a race issue, by arguing that he learned that his "white privilege" does not help him in Asian countries. There were others who took more time to criticize Warmbier rather than the North Koreans. A Salon article quoting comedian Larry Wilmore was titled "America's biggest idiot frat boy." It has now been removed. Left-wing Affinity Magazine joined the chorus with a tweet:
Watch whiteness work. He wasn't a "kid" or "innocent" you can't go to another country and try to steal from them. Respect their laws.By now, I'm not surprised that social justice warriors want to make a race issue out of anything. We've seen it before with other topics, including Call of Duty: World War II. Analyzing the assassination of Otto Warmbier and merely seeing him as a white guy who's "privilege" doesn't work in North Korea shows exactly what is wrong with the modern left. There's no focus on addressing the government itself and how to finally dismantle its torturous reign.
Finally, I want to address Warmbier's "crime." I'm not buying anything the North Korean government said, which is known to create obvious falsehoods. Phil Robertson, the deputy director for Human Rights Watch's Asia division, hit the nail on the head when he called Warmbier's trial a "kangaroo court." I don't think he committed any crime and the accounts of when the police arrested him seem to confirm my views. Additionally, I don't believe he was placed in a coma because he contracted botulism. I think North Korean prison guards were behind his severe brain damage by beating him.
What happened to Otto Warmbier has nothing to do with race. It has to do with the real dangers that exist with North Korea. For the sake of humanity, the United States must find a way to overthrow the dictatorship and spread liberty to the millions of North Koreans who need it.