Please pray for the Warmbier Family

I am more surprisingly upset over their son Otto’s death than I expected to be.  I wonder if you are, too.  I’m heartbroken for him and for them.

I’m also heartbroken for the families of the at least 3 other Americans N Korea has and won’t return.   Imagine their fears right now.

Prayer’s all we’ve got right now…….it can’t hurt.

Thanks.  Z

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17 Responses to Please pray for the Warmbier Family

  1. Kid says:

    I’m conflicted. On the one hand, Who in their right mind would travel to N Korea? On the other, what sort of evil diseased entity sends a kid back to the US with a large part of his brain missing because he tried to take a totally innocous poster out of the country.

    We should take their diplomats that just arrived through customs and that customs confiscated some of their belongings (no doubt suicide drugs for john mccain) and send them back with hlf of their brain missing. Then a couple hours later nuke the entire military complex of N Korea.


  2. geeez2014 says:

    Kid, I’m not conflicted. Wnat the heck, was he DOING there?? But he sure didn’t deserve this.
    I also think we should fight fire with fire…
    I don’t think they even have N Korean diplomats allowed to travel, do you? That’s a very closed society.
    I highly (once again) recommend THE ORPHAN MASTER’S SON, a book which really shows the brutality and mind warping and MISERY of North Koreans.
    They say something the gov’t doesn’t like and they’re in work camps the rest of their lives or they get partial lobotomies. HORRID


  3. Kid says:

    Z, He was there becuase he or his group or who sent their group are stupid. I heard it had something to do with a travel outfit in Bejing that promises to send you to places your mother woulod freak out about or sime such.

    Yes, N Koreans arrived in the USA within the last couple days and had some of their stuff confiscated by customs. They come to attend UN stuff. Antoher reason to kick the UN out of the USA.

    Fire with fire ? Truman should have nuked N Korea into submission. Instead he left this festering sore upon the Earth to reamain alive, torturing millions upon millions of people over and over since 1953.


  4. John M. Berger says:

    OK but WHY, no $#!t, would anyone go to that miserable place to begin with? If you picked-up a rattlesnake and it bit you (you die) didn’t you ask for it? If someone [made] him go there then I’ll take-back what I’ve said. Otherwise, who cares?


  5. geeez2014 says:

    N Koreans arrived HERE? Man, talk about threats of death if they say the wrong thing or try to defect!

    I just can’t blame the kid for having been there…….nobody deserves this.


  6. Kid says:

    I know a Chef at a Bravo from Guatemala who would never go there because it is so dangerous. And Guatamela is about 5 on the dangerous scale compared to N Korea being 100 on the dangerous scale. I would pilot a rowboat across the atlantic before I’d go to N Korea.


  7. geeez2014 says:

    Guatemala! I know people who live there! They can’t leave a THING in their cars EVER but it is NOTHING like N Korea! Actually, my husband did business in Venezuela years ago and when his daughter had business there only 15 years ago, he really talked to her about being cautious.
    Which she wasn’t! She’s a stepdaughter of mine but she’s like me that way. !~!
    I still don’t know why the kid was there….a group that had chaperones? Promised safety?


  8. cube says:

    The Pioneer Youth Tours should’ve provided better information to the tourists about the dangers of the repressive country. To make matters worse, they were led by drunken tour guides. What happened to Otto was a confluence of very bad decisions, the first being a trip to NK . The second was picking a disreputable tour company. I haven’t read about any evidence that the stolen poster is true. I don’t believe anything the NORKs say.


  9. Kid says:

    The Norks will grab someone just to use as a bargaining chip. Then 15 months hard labor, scheduled to do 15 years? Some other prisoner probably hit him on the head with a hammer or a rock. Or maybe the guards tortured him.

    We should send thier diplomats back missing half a brain.


  10. Z,
    I’m also heartbroken for the families of the at least 3 other Americans N Korea has and won’t return.

    Are those other Americans getting much news coverage?


  11. Like Kid, I’m somewhat conflicted on this topic.

    I really want to know who paid for Otto Warmbier’s tour of North Korea. And how could such a bright and educated young man not understand the risk he was taking?


  12. Mal says:

    I just learned about this from your blog, Z.. We weren’t even aware this happened because, as you know, we have been staying with our daughter and family in Olympia, Wa. and they don’t have cable TV or subscribe to a paper. Our only connection to the news is the internet, and yesterday we held services for my sister so were unaware of all this. My daughter says she refuses to continue paying for cable only to listen and watch all the commercials. She is sick of it, as we are but we feel its needed to stay in touch with the outside world. We are planning to leave tomorrow (Wed) for home.


  13. Baysider says:

    Yes, I’ve followed this tragic story. First reaction: who in God’s name would travel to North Korea for a ‘vacation.’ That’s probably what the North Korean’s assume, too. Devastating.


  14. Imp says:

    Z…”Wnat the heck, was he DOING there?? But he sure didn’t deserve this.”..

    Of course not..But he must have been relaxed and reassured with the idea that it would be safe and exotic / exciting? But I’ve watched his Dad closely on this and to me coming from WA or OR…he appeared to be way left…way hugely left and a kumbaya like guy to me too…like the Bergdahl parents? Old flower children? Someone must have put a hand on his shoulder and said….go in peace son…look at them ands how lucky we are. Or….how ‘pure’ socialism / communism works? Not that he’d ever allowed to see the real country and how violently paranoia it is.
    Look…to me the guide says “we’re close to the cannibal camps…wanna pop inane see if they’re in a good mood today, or hungry”?
    No way in hell you’d take a chance on an offer like that.Yet….this kid couldn’t have been totally ignorant of the realities of the NK’s could he? Really…could he have been convicted that they were merely misunderstood and harmless?


  15. Imp says:

    Kid..””This clearly shows that the U.S. is a felonious and lawless gangster state,” the spokesman said in comments carried by the North’s official KCNA news agency.”

    Yup we are General Dumb Nuts…and for your safety we’re going kick your zipper head asses out as soon as we can…but for now you’re going to have stay in our airport terminals safe area for a few weeks….sorry no showers, toilets or Mcdonalds….just one Pizza Hut which is only authorized to serve you one large pepperoni a day. And our safe area is located conveniently adjacent to China Air’s boarding gates.


  16. Kid says:

    IMP, If only.


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