Originally posted by sh76 to FishHead111
I do have sympathy for people born there. They have no choice.
This idiot knew exactly what he was getting himself into. He broke the laws of the country he intentionally entered
and now he's stuck with the consequences. Are the consequences insane? Sure. But he made his own bed.
In his public statements, Otto Warmbier admitted that his theft was motivated by hope of financial gain.
He claimed that a woman in his church had wanted something from the DPRK as a trophy
and had offered him a used car (worth 10000 USD) to compensate him for his risk.
If true, then he chose to risk his freedom for hope of money, and he lost his gamble.
This case reminds me in part of what happened to Michael Fay, an 18 year old white American,
in Singapore. After being convicted of theft and vandalism, he was sentenced to six strokes of a cane.
Most of the US media went wild, denouncing Singapore's justice system as barbarous.
(Many Europeans regard the US justice system with its death penalty as more barbarous.)
After the US government interceded on his behalf, Michael Fay's sentence was reduced to four strokes.
Some outraged ignorant Americans even condemned the punishment as 'racist', arguing
that Michael Fay had been singled out for unusually harsh punishment just because he's white.
They ignored the fact that a 16 year old Hong Kong Chinese (arrested at about the same
time) received six strokes of the cane, a harsher punishment than Michael Fay's.
To sum up, if Michael Fay were not white or a Westerner, then the mainstream US media and
politicians would have had no objection whatsoever to him being caned in Singapore.