I’m Sorry But Traveling to North Korea has Darwin Award Written all over it

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I'm Sorry But Traveling to North Korea has Darwin Award Written all over it

All I could do is shake my head when I saw this:

A US cit­i­zen work­ing as a uni­ver­sity lec­turer has been detained by author­i­ties in North Korea – becom­ing the third Amer­i­can to be held in the country.

Korean-​American Kim Sang-​duk, also known as Tony Kim, taught at Pyongyang Uni­ver­sity of Sci­ence Tech­nol­ogy (PUST) for a month before being arrested on Sat­ur­day (22 April) while try­ing to leave the country.

The rea­son for his deten­tion is not known but comes as ten­sions ratchet up over North Korea’s nuclear weapons and mis­sile testing.

Seri­ously, this guy is an edu­cated col­lege pro­fes­sor, and a per­son of Korean ances­try no less and he seri­ously thought it was a good idea to head over to North Korea to teach?

That’s pretty dumb but this is even dumber:

Last year, Otto Warm­bier, then a 21-​year-​old Uni­ver­sity of Vir­ginia stu­dent from Cincin­nati, was sen­tenced to 15 years of hard labour after con­fess­ing to try­ing to steal a pro­pa­ganda banner.

He had been on a guided tour with a travel com­pany but was detained on 2 Jan­u­ary 2016 at Pyongyang air­port while try­ing to leave the coun­try. In announc­ing his arrest, the state news media said Warm­bier had vis­ited North Korea with the intent of “bring­ing down the foun­da­tion of its single-​minded unity”.

A guided tour of North Korea? What’s the name of the com­pany: Gulags are us?

Now as a human being I of course have pity in the sense that no per­son should be sub­ject to the hor­rors of the North Korean state, but unlike the unfor­tu­nates born there these idiots will­ingly decided it was a good idea to visit one of the most repres­sive coun­tries on the planet.

I’m sorry but if you are stu­pid enough to go there you deserve a Dar­win Award straight up.

And don’t even THINK for one moment that the US should make a deal to get you out. It’s iffy enough to make a deal that com­pro­mises us as a nation to get out an inno­cent vic­tim out of trou­ble, to do so to get an idiot like these guys, not a chance.

All I could do is shake my head when I saw this:

A US citizen working as a university lecturer has been detained by authorities in North Korea – becoming the third American to be held in the country.

Korean-American Kim Sang-duk, also known as Tony Kim, taught at Pyongyang University of Science Technology (PUST) for a month before being arrested on Saturday (22 April) while trying to leave the country.

The reason for his detention is not known but comes as tensions ratchet up over North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile testing.

Seriously, this guy is an educated college professor, and a person of Korean ancestry no less and he seriously thought it was a good idea to head over to North Korea to teach?

That’s pretty dumb but this is even dumber:

Last year, Otto Warmbier, then a 21-year-old University of Virginia student from Cincinnati, was sentenced to 15 years of hard labour after confessing to trying to steal a propaganda banner.

He had been on a guided tour with a travel company but was detained on 2 January 2016 at Pyongyang airport while trying to leave the country. In announcing his arrest, the state news media said Warmbier had visited North Korea with the intent of “bringing down the foundation of its single-minded unity”.

A guided tour of North Korea? What’s the name of the company: Gulags are us?

Now as a human being I of course have pity in the sense that no person should be subject to the horrors of the North Korean state, but unlike the unfortunates born there these idiots willingly decided it was a good idea to visit one of the most repressive countries on the planet.

I’m sorry but if you are stupid enough to go there you deserve a Darwin Award straight up.

And don’t even THINK for one moment that the US should make a deal to get you out. It’s iffy enough to make a deal that compromises us as a nation to get out an innocent victim out of trouble, to do so to get an idiot like these guys, not a chance.