Swift pun­ish­ment for North Korea

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Amer­i­can held by N. Korea dies,” June 20

The ret­ri­bu­tion for the death of 22-year-old Otto Warm­bier days af­ter he re­turned to the U.S. from a North Korean prison must be swift and sure.

This hor­ri­ble tragedy re­sulted from Warm­bier’s al­leged re­moval of a pro­pa­ganda poster, no more than a col­lege prank. I can only imag­ine the suf­fer­ing en­dured by his fam­ily and was brought to tears by their de­scrip­tion of the peace that had come over his face, even in a coma, as he re­al­ized that he was home.

As a na­tion, we re­ally need to put the screws on North Korea with ev­ery imag­in­able sanc­tion wor­thy of the psy­chotic despots who head that gov­ern­ment. In the mean­time, I send my prayers and deep­est con­do­lences to Warm­bier’s griev­ing fam­ily. Stephen Fox

Santa Fe, N.M.

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