Foreign desk: Why Does the N. Korean Regime Live On?

New York Post - - POST OPINION -

The Wash­ing­ton Post’s Fred Hi­att says he “can’t stop think­ing about Otto Warm­bier,” while re­call­ing all the ex­cuses for why the North Korean regime “that ‘bru­tal­ized and ter­ror­ized’ Otto, as his fa­ther said last week . . . shouldn’t be chal­lenged or desta­bi­lized.” Hi­att notes that “hun­dreds of thou­sands” of Kore­ans “have been sub­jected to sim­i­lar crim­i­nal abuse as Otto Warm­bier,” who died from his in­juries Mon­day, by North Korea. A UN com­mis­sion found “the use of tor­ture is an es­tab­lished fea­ture of the in­ter­ro­ga­tion process” in North Korea and “star­va­tion and other in­hu­mane con­di­tions of de­ten­tion are de­lib­er­ately im­posed on sus­pects.” All of which shows that “the gu­lag of the Soviet Union, the con­cen­tra­tion camps of Nazi Ger­many . . . have been roughly repli­cated in North Korea.” Yet the regime “lives on.” Asks Hi­att: “How can that be?”

Otto Warm­bier

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