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