U.S. Bans Travel to North Korea in Wake of American's Death

U.S. Bans Travel to North Korea in Wake of American's Death

Otto Warmbier was young, naive and curious. He did not deserve to die.

However, Warmbier's premature death at the hands of North Koreans last month brought to light the harsh, barbaric practices Americans are largely ignorant of.

Warmbier's death serves as a reminder to Americans that the rest of the world can't compete in terms of freedom and liberty. We are the greatest nation on earth for a reason. We must not take our liberties for granted, especially while overseas (where in this case simple theft can result in a 15-year hard labor sentence).

Some Americans seem to treat international travel as a mere novelty. Evil regimes like North Korea treat human rights the same way. Do not forget: they hate America. They hate our freedom and they hate you for having it. The moment you leave the shores of your country and enter another, you are subject to their rule, harsh as it may be.

In the wake of Warmbier's torture and subsequent murder, a US government official announced on Friday that all travel to the communist state would be banned. This is a step, but it also needs to be the catalyst for discussion. From Western Journalism:

It’s estimated that somewhere between 800 and 1250 Americans visit North Korea each year. However, that number dropped drastically after Warmbier’s death.

Warmbier had been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for allegedly trying to steal a propaganda poster.

He was released to the U.S. in mid-June after spending 17 months in detention. The 22-year-old died just days later.
— Charles Campbell, for Western Journalism

As Americans, we have the ironic freedom to denounce the very system that protects us from being punished for thinking differently. Young, impressionable college students are being told that America is a racist, sexist, homophobic country, when the reality is that their complaints are nothing compared to the horrors that take place around the world.

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