Originally posted by @sonhouse to Metal Brain
Then there is that kid that went and came home in a coma. I know he screwed up trying to take a NK propaganda wall hanging and such but NK or SK is the last place I would want to visit. I spent a lot of time in Thailand and never felt threatened, except on time on a base caled Udorn a Cong came in shooting up the place with machine gun fire ...[text shortened]... . Don't think I would do that in NK, especially going there for 3 years like I did in Thailand.
"Then there is that kid [Otto Warmbier] that went and came home in a coma."
'Kid'? Otto Warmbier was 21 years old (an adult in every US legal sense) when he was arrested in the DPRK.
In an earlier thread, I wrote that, contrary to some Americans' claims (or stereotypical
presumptions), I knew of no proof that Otto Warmbier was tortured in the DPRK.
I also pointed out that it was against the DPRK's interest to have Otto Warmbier die.
Most Americans seemed quick to assume that it must be true that Otto Warmiber was tortured.
"North Korea prisoner Otto Warmbier had no signs of torture – coroner:
Parents and Donald Trump have said American student, who died days after release,
was disfigured and had teeth ‘rearranged’ in detention."
"A medical examiner has said that the body of Otto Warmbier, the American student who
died days after being released from North Korea in a coma, displayed no obvious signs
of torture, *despite claims* by his parents and President Donald Trump that he was
physically abused following his arrest last year."
"Fred and Cindy Warmbier told US TV networks on Tuesday that their son had showed
signs of torture, including teeth that appeared to have been “rearranged” and hands
and feet that were disfigured."
But the medical examiner did *not* observe what the Warmbiers claim to have seen.
"But Sammarco, who examined Warmbier’s body after his death in June, said there was no
clear evidence of physical torture – including no recently broken bones or damaged teeth."
"Warmbier’s body displayed a few small scars, all but one of which could be traced to
medical instruments, she said, adding that the Warmbiers’ TV interviews had prompted
her to publicly reveal her findings."
"Warmbier’s parents had refused to allow an autopsy to be carried out."
Otto Warmbier's parents 'refused to allow an autopsy' perhaps because they were afraid
that its findings would *not* support their public claims that he was tortured in the DPRK.
"Sammarco said she had conducted a “virtual autopsy” using extensive medical scanning
and imaging, adding that a regular autopsy would have been of little use so long after
Warmbier suffered brain damage. She said that his body was in surprisingly good
condition for someone who had reportedly been bedridden for more than a year.
Her office’s report said his body appeared “well-nourished”."
US propaganda would like Americans to believe that Otto Warmbier was being starved in the DPRK.