By Ray Starmann
Otto Warmbier died today.
Otto Warmbier was murdered by North Korea and by its brutal regime, led by the despotic maniac Kim Jong-un.
The 23 year old University of Virginia student, who was arrested and imprisoned in North Korea 17 months ago for stealing a poster, had been released by the neo-Stalinist regime last week and flown to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he passed away today at 2:20 PM after reportedly languishing in a coma for a year.
While preparing to depart North Korea on January 2, 2016, Warmbier was detained after stealing a North Korean propaganda poster off a hotel wall.
On March 16, 2016, Otto Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for committing what he thought was a harmless college prank.
Mr. Warmbier appears to have been in a coma for more than a year, after either being severely beaten to the point it caused irreversible brain damage, or given drugs that induced a heart attack, causing irreversible brain damage, or both.
Last week, when he was released by North Korea, they weren’t doing it for humanitarian reasons – far from it. They turned Otto Warmbier over to US State Department authorities because they didn’t want the young student to die in North Korea. They released their political prisoner Otto Warmbier because they knew they had murdered him and somehow believed their actions would show the civilized world their ‘good will.’ They acted as if they wanted to cleanse their consciences; the only problem being that sociopaths don’t have consciences.
North Korea is incapable of humanitarian actions and its ruler, Kim Jong-un, is a blight on humanity.
While most of the blame for young Otto’s death can be laid at the doorstep of North Korea, some of it can also be laid at the doorstep of the Obama administration and the State Department led by John Kerry. In a nutshell, from the moment Mr. Warmbier was detained, then sentenced and then imprisoned, President Obama and John Kerry did nothing to not only learn about Otto’s whereabouts and condition, but to attempt to garner his release.
The Kerry State Department’s advice to the Warmbiers was to remain silent, as if silence was ever an anecdote to deal with psychotics and evil.
Thankfully, the Trump administration and the Tillerson State Department conduct diplomacy with a sharpened bayonet, rather than Kerry’s Pier One candles and James Taylor sing-a-longs.
Upon learning of Mr. Warmbier’s passing today, the President appeared visibly upset. When asked about options to punish North Korea, the President stated, “It’s a brutal regime and we’ll be able to handle it.”
The options to punish North Korea for the murder of Otto Warmbier are varied, including possible covert military action. Besides completely decapitating the regime in Pyongyang, there is also the course of action that includes sinking a North Korean submarine once it exits its home port. The US would take no responsibility for the operation, but the message would be sent. Kill an American, you lose a submarine. Do it again and the ante goes up threefold.
I believe the President will act and act he must. Yes, there are three other US citizens detained in North Korea. But, US military action cannot be held hostage by any nation. We learned that lesson in 1979.
In the meantime, if you are a religious person, you might want to say a prayer for the soul of Otto Warmbier.