What about the travel agencies?
Regarding the June 14 editorial “Mr. Warmbier’s appalling mistreatment”:
The release of Otto Warmbier from brutal captivity in a North Korean prison was a reminder that Americans travel at their own risk to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea as private citizens. Then again, I was similarly cautioned by the State Department against crossing the Berlin Wall into thencommunist East Germany in the 1960s.
But if it’s easy to understand young male impulsiveness, it is another matter entirely to allow seemingly fly-by-night travel agencies off the hook. How closely, for example, did they keep an eye on Mr. Warmbier and his fellow travelers? These and other troubling questions remain to be answered. The tragic irony of all this is that the North Korean poster that the hapless Mr. Warmbier apparently ripped off a wall in his tourist hotel likely could have been easily purchased online.
John Starrels, Chevy Chase